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  Reply # 1454102 20-Dec-2015 23:54
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elpenguino: 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.


In terms of what I really need: 

2 decent FH of different sizes
2 decent PH of different sizes, 
POZI 1 and 2 (I guess since everyone talks about them)
1 x Square
2 Stubbies, PH and FH

I don't want to have to run to the store every time I want something standard that most people use. Hence the set.

I want comfortable and tough. No one will borrow my tools.

Also Magnetic Heads.

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  Reply # 1454107 21-Dec-2015 06:44
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Go to an electrical wholesalers and have a look. Usually they will have better quality than diy stores.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1454108 21-Dec-2015 07:09
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networkn: In terms of what I really need: 

2 decent FH of different sizes
2 decent PH of different sizes, 
POZI 1 and 2 (I guess since everyone talks about them)
1 x Square
2 Stubbies, PH and FH[]Also Magnetic Heads.

60/9 = $6.66 per driver. The single Fullers screwdrivers (black handle, magnetic tip) fall into this category between $6-$9. Reasonable quality. Mega or Bunnings. I do not know if sets are available. Fullers have different quality ranges depending on store etc.

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  Reply # 1454268 21-Dec-2015 10:11
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I used to use my Philips head every day in my job.
I found Stanley to be every bit as good as Wiha & other $$ brands . I still have the Stanleys in my work toolbag .I no longer buy expensive brand
screwdivers , I buy the Stanleys @ about $10 each.

But... some stanley are better than others . I buy the individual ones, not the kit ones
The Boss used to buy the el-cheapo plastic handle screwdriver kits, they are every bit as good as the more expensive brands. 10 years later, still OK, just dont feel
very nice in the hand , thats all .
Some philips head scewdrivers fit the screw better than others, important so you dont damage the philips screw . I have some el-cheapos that fit philips better than
my Wihas .

So price is no guarentee of better quality. Just buy something with a comfortable rubberised grip/handle & doesnt have chrome tip .


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  Reply # 1454283 21-Dec-2015 10:19
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networkn: 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


Nope not rubbish. They look like the ones I buy individually . Good enough ,but the very smallest 'precision' philips may be a bit iffy for anything but occasional use.
Just magnetise them manually, rub a magnet across them.

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  Reply # 1454342 21-Dec-2015 11:03
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About 15 years ago I bought a Stanley ratcheting screwdriver - an older, more solid looking version of this, that came with half a dozen slotted and Philips head bits. Then I bought two sets of bits in rubber cases, like this and this (maybe not these exact ones, but very much like these) from Dick Smith! I put the six most used bits in the handle (one slot, one Philips, square, hex...) so they're always on board. The only problem for me is that both rubber cases on mine are red so you have to open them to see what's inside (yes, 15 years and I haven't gotten around to writing something on the outside of the case yet).

But if I was doing it again now I'd probably buy a single set like this one.



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  Reply # 1455849 23-Dec-2015 10:15
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Opted for this in the end. Hope it's decent. I saw nice sets out of the UK, but in the end having them now was useful. 

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1001943713


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  Reply # 1455862 23-Dec-2015 10:42
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I think those should be pretty good, other AmpPro tools I've seen look well built.




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