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Topic # 189185 19-Dec-2015 17:04
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Hi. 

Looking for a decent quality comfortable strong screwdriver set without spending the earth. It's for home DIY use, not building projects etc. 

Magnetic heads and 2 Stubbies are considered important. Let's say Max $60.

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  Reply # 1453584 19-Dec-2015 17:14
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Just make sure it comes with a decent assortment of square head ones in it as well.

I usually just buy the inividual drivers since sets have too many paint can openers in them and usually not enough range of philips, pozi and squares.




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  Reply # 1453624 19-Dec-2015 19:02
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Probably not what you're after but for what it's worth these are really nice and great value:

http://www.amazon.com/Williams-100P-8MD-8-Piece-Premium-Screwdriver/dp/B002NH5F30 

Same factory as snapon I believe.




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1453668 19-Dec-2015 21:39
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Bought a reasonably priced Stanley set several years ago from M10, 2 Philips, 2 squares and 2 slots. All strong and good quality, I'm still using it today. 

You will probably also need some Pozi and Torx ones.


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  Reply # 1453670 19-Dec-2015 21:43
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networkn: Hi. 

Looking for a decent quality comfortable strong screwdriver set without spending the earth. It's for home DIY use, not building projects etc. 

Magnetic heads and 2 Stubbies are considered important. Let's say Max $60.


Beware the soft metal in the cheap stuff. I've wrecked more screwdrivers than screws with anything I ever bought at the Warehouse. 

I've resorted to paying a fair amount for anything not made in China. Most of the China-made stuff uses crap metal. It looks just like the thing you need.....but it isn't up to the job.




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  Reply # 1453672 19-Dec-2015 21:47
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Yah I am imagining if I spent >30 I am ruling out complete junk. I can see some stanley stuff on TM for about $30, I presume it's safe to buy that at any price unless it's counterfeit.


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  Reply # 1453673 19-Dec-2015 21:48
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networkn: Hi. 

Looking for a decent quality comfortable strong screwdriver set without spending the earth. It's for home DIY use, not building projects etc. 

Magnetic heads and 2 Stubbies are considered important. Let's say Max $60.


Beware the soft metal in the cheap stuff. I've wrecked more screwdrivers than screws with anything I ever bought at the Warehouse. 

I've resorted to paying a fair amount for anything not made in China. Most of the China-made stuff uses crap metal. It looks just like the thing you need.....but it isn't up to the job.


It depends on how much those importers are willing to pay their Chinese suppliers. Of course you can't depend on Bunnings/M10/WH. 

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  Reply # 1453674 19-Dec-2015 21:56
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Use Wiha screwdrivers at work they are very good or Felo is another option normally have them at ideal Electrical stores.

http://www.wiha.com/en-nz/produkte/screwdrivers-20730/wiha-softfinish-electric.html?_shop[filter]=f3b63








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  Reply # 1453675 19-Dec-2015 22:06
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Stay clear of Fuller. They are junk.

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  Reply # 1453676 19-Dec-2015 22:14
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For house handy man usage such as PH1 PH2 , you don't really need higher end quality like wiha, any decent quality CR-V grade steel will suit

You do need higher end quality for small ones, especially for laptops or mobiles.



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  Reply # 1454095 20-Dec-2015 23:30
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Hmm it's turning into a mission. I presume these are rubbish?

http://www.bunnings.co.nz/stanley-16-piece-cushion-grip-screwdriver-set-65-005a_p00124318



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  Reply # 1454099 20-Dec-2015 23:36
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If you can stretch the budget then the JH Williams ones I mentioned above really are unbeatable value. They will last you a lifetime. Many people report them as being almost identical to SnapOn which is WAY over your budget.




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  Reply # 1454100 20-Dec-2015 23:42
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Do you actually want a set of T1-T99 + 100 other head sizes ? Or just a few dependables for the tool box?
If you buy the magic handle with 100 odd attachments you will find it annoying because they head gets stuck in the screw when you pull the handle off and then the little attachment falls off into the bushes leaving you wondering how you will finish the job.

Having been on the tools for many years I would rather say that you are better of with a few good quality screwdrivers than a 'set'.

What do you work on? No point paying for tools you dont use is there? If you want to , lets say, change some hinges then buy the screwdriver you need to do that particular job. Next time, get the right one as needed and so on.

You will prob end up with Pozi 2 for DIY , Pozi 1 for fiddling with gadgets and Sq 2 for DIY. Slotted screwdrivers are needed for legacy jobs but I would never choose slotted screws for a new job myself. They way they fall off the screwdriver is a right PITA !

Length: standard is fine almost all the time. Once again, if you are working on the car or whatever and need a stubby, go buy the stubby, otherwise dont bother.

I am still using tools i bought 25 years ago - buy decent ones and try to stop people 'borrowing' them. 
I just bought a small Wiha slotted the other day from an electrical wholesaler - cost $16 with some trade discount - not cheap but I am sure it will last better than the fuller ones which are made out of cheese.



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  Reply # 1454101 20-Dec-2015 23:50
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mcraenz: If you can stretch the budget then the JH Williams ones I mentioned above really are unbeatable value. They will last you a lifetime. Many people report them as being almost identical to SnapOn which is WAY over your budget.


Works out about $110 incl shipping, which isn't outrageous, but certainly pretty up there. On top of that, no stubbies, and 2-3 weeks for delivery...

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