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Topic # 106440 24-Jul-2012 12:54 Send private message

I need to buy some new screwdrivers - Philips, Pozi and Flat - what brands do people recommend?

Ones I have tried recently - Fuller tips have rounded off, and Stanley the tips have actually shattered.

What brands are you using that you are happy with?

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  Reply # 660973 24-Jul-2012 13:05 Send private message

Snap-on! 

Had mine since.... ages ago (so long I cant remember) Lifetime warranty.

Buy the snap-on branded tips (philips, pozi, square etc) - They fit screws well, don't break and the magnet actually works.

The cap twists off to store extra tips inside the handle.

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=643057&group_ID=681248&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog


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  Reply # 660976 24-Jul-2012 13:12 Send private message

I have had one of these for a long long time, very solid and undoubtedly cheaper than the Snap-On model.  If you have an issue with the Stanley tips you could get a set of Snap-On ones - the holder for the tips is also more user friendly than the Snap-On and it has a very handy ratcheting feature.

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  Reply # 661020 24-Jul-2012 14:07 Send private message

bener: I have had one of these for a long long time, very solid and undoubtedly cheaper than the Snap-On model.  If you have an issue with the Stanley tips you could get a set of Snap-On ones - the holder for the tips is also more user friendly than the Snap-On and it has a very handy ratcheting feature.



+1 for the stanley rachet model, these are fanatastic, had mine for years. I haven't had any particular problems with their bits, but if you are using them a lot then you should probably consider them consumables much like you would a drill bit

For the perfect setup, I do recommend having a set of fixed bit, non-rachet screwdrivers as well. They tend to have a narrower shaft so are better for taking apart electronics that have their screws recessed deep.

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  Reply # 661023 24-Jul-2012 14:11 Send private message

RunningMan: what brands do people recommend?


Smirnoff and Simply Squeezed...

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  Reply # 661032 24-Jul-2012 14:23 Send private message

This may seem obvious, but if you find yourself wearing out too many screwdrivers, make sure you are using correct size and type for the screws, ie, pozi vs philips, #1, #2, #3

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  Reply # 661052 24-Jul-2012 14:53 Send private message

Wiha are REALLY nice, but painfully expensive.

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  Reply # 661062 24-Jul-2012 15:07 Send private message

ubergeeknz: ... make sure you are using correct size and type for the screws, ie, pozi vs philips, ...
Note also that JIS cross-heads (used on some laptops at least) are not identical to Phillips although similar in appearance: http://www.instructables.com/id/When-a-Phillips-is-not-a-Phillips/step10/JIS-Japanese-Industrial-Standard/

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  Reply # 661110 24-Jul-2012 16:22 Send private message

Lias: Wiha are REALLY nice, but painfully expensive.


+1 I have a whole insulated set. They are not that badly priced if you buy a set.



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  Reply # 661572 25-Jul-2012 10:59 Send private message

Thank you all for your recommendations. I think Jaxson's may best be reserved for Friday nights only though ;-)

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  Reply # 661708 25-Jul-2012 12:54 Send private message

My Sidchromes have lasted me over 20 years and still going strong - even the one that got run over by the lawn mower!

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  Reply # 665858 2-Aug-2012 08:11 Send private message

Jaxson:
RunningMan: what brands do people recommend?


Smirnoff and Simply Squeezed...


I'd be more inclined to say Russian Standard and Charlie's =P.

OnTopic: SnapOn tools are great. I've done plenty of work on cars and houses and good quality tools often do make the difference between a slow and a fast job.

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  Reply # 665926 2-Aug-2012 10:11 Send private message

Another +1 for the snap on tools.

I have a few of their screwdrivers, and they are still all going strong after 20 years. They have not been wrapped in cotton wool and looked after - they all get used, abused, and thrown back in the toolbox.

These tools are definitely a case of "you get what you pay for". 

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  Reply # 665928 2-Aug-2012 10:15 Send private message

I've been refreshing my entire tookit with Bahco gear as required...  Their multi-tip screwdriver is also really nice..

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  Reply # 665930 2-Aug-2012 10:19 Send private message

Why has no one suggested "sonic" yet?

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  Reply # 666035 2-Aug-2012 11:51 Send private message

illicit: Snap-on! 

Had mine since.... ages ago (so long I cant remember) Lifetime warranty.

Buy the snap-on branded tips (philips, pozi, square etc) - They fit screws well, don't break and the magnet actually works.

The cap twists off to store extra tips inside the handle.

http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/item.asp?P65=&tool=all&item_ID=643057&group_ID=681248&store=snapon-store&dir=catalog



I just realised that this is ratcheting. They have 3 different ones listed there, is that purely just colour choices is it or something else?

Must hide credit card from myself.

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