I looking to kit myself out with a couple of sets of screwdrivers (slotted,
pozi, torx). Currently looking at "Stanley Dynagrip Pro" screwdrivers. Are
there any other good quality screwdrivers I should be taking a look at?
In article , Gav
Most of mine are Stanley, they are well made, and the cheaper ones I
have acquired (usually by inheritance) have tended to poor blade
Three thoughts: First, make sure you get one or two Philips screwdrivers
as well as posidrives; they are quite different, and using the wrong one
will cause rapid wear on the driver and on the screw. Second, don't use
a philips or posi driver too small for the screw, that will also cause
rapid wear (it's one of my wife's favourite tricks). Third, check your
"normal" screwdrivers from time to time to see if the blade tip has
become rounded; if so, the head is much more likely to slip out of the
screw slot (and in bad cases, chew up the slot so much that it's hard to
get the screw out). A careful touch up on a grinder to sharpen the
corners will soon restore them to good shape (but don't overheat them or
they will soften - if it goes blue, you've overheated it). Philips and
posi drivers will also lose their corners (especially if you use a 1pt
driver in a 2pt screw, etc), but sharpening these is virtually
impossible unless you have a proper tool grinder, and even then hardly
worth the effort.
Torx screws are great, in fact the best, IMO; pity they are so
Sorry if you know all this, but your question suggested you might be
just starting out.
Thanks for the detailed response. :o)
I'm not just starting out I already have a good selection of tools for my
personal use at home which are a mixture of stanley, sealy and draper. I've
just started a small IT business and am kitting myself out with a tool case
to use for that. Thought I might as well get good kit and was after
opinions. Stanley was the obvious choice for me but thought there may be
others that are worth taking a look at. Wera & Wiha seem to be sold at quite
a few places but I'd never heard of them.
Philips is actually on my list just missed it of my post. :o)
I'm trying to find the most effecient way of purchasing them too, sets are
obviously cheaper but the anoying thing is they seem to be mixed. Not seen
any where the set is say Pozi #00, #0, #1, #2.
Get a good hex driver, and a set of hex bits.
Stanley Long Reach Magnetic Bit Holder 1-67-537
(long screwdrivers are nicer to use, generally)
You're going to see a LOT of different screws.
Consider getting "actual" screwdrivers only
for the REALLY common screws.
In article , Bill H
If you consider the very high quality of finish (often with expensive
engraving) found on top class guns, you would want to ensure you had a
screwdriver which fitted the screw perfectly in every case, to reduce
the risk of damaging the head, or slipping out and damaging the finish.
s of screwdrivers (slotted,
Bearing in mind I'm only a dabbler, by far the best screwdrivers I've
ever used are Facom ones. Sets are available from various ebay traders
for =A330 odd quid. Machine mart and even Halfords of all places were
doing them at one stage. Probably stopped now as they will hae. The
handle shape is spot on, blades are good steel etc. I was
sufficiently impressed I then went out and bought longs, stubbys, etc
to complete set. Stanley aren't bad, or at least were OK 20 years
ago, don't know if they still are. The supposed gunsmith set someone
else was looking at seemed pretty cheap to me, and I'd be sceptical if
a proper craftsman-gunsmith is going to use a nasty hex-bit set at
all, though it's OK for occasional novelty fastners. Facom's the boy.
ets of screwdrivers (slotted,
I must be a 'toolophile'...my collection is become a little OTT! 35+
years collecting and I STILL bought some more today at CPC!!!
Best I have come across [and I use them every working day] are Wera,
Wiha, Facom and my favourite Irazola. As soon as you pick them up
they feel 'right'
PB are absolutely the best I have come across. I have had (and really used)
several screwdrivers and a set of metric Allen keys for over 30 years and
the keys in particular are still like new!
I use and like Wiha screwdrivers but I have only had them 10 years so its
hard to say whether they are as good as the PB.
The only problem with PB is that I have never found them in any shops in the
UK, Switzerland yes but its a long way.