Why? Those slotted screws are a pain. It may be a case of right place,
right time, but I'm not surprised Phillips displaced slotted. Using them
is MUCH easier. Also, Phillips has the unfortunate ability of being
compatible with some slotted screwdrivers, so you wouldn't necessarily have
to buy a new screwdriver to use the new screws.
I think the biggest reason for only having slotted and Phillips drivers
is simply because 98% of most people don't dwell on their screws and
drivers. Basically they have them to fit stuff around the house. They
do not build, or repair manufactured products.
If they worked with screws as often as we do they would probably switch
in a heart beat.
On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 2:52:39 PM UTC-4, John McCoy wrote:
The disadvantage of Torx is that not everyone has a Torx bit.
I do a lot of volunteer stuff that often involves construction. For example
, setting up tracks for Soap Box Derby races. We have to construct starting
ramps and safety rails. We have to secure 10 x 20 canopies to the blacktop
, etc. For years I have wanted to switch to Torx or Star or Robertson, anyt
hing but Phillips. Unfortunately, I can't do that.
Every racing family has a screw gun and Phillips head bits because that is
what is used for the Derby car shells. However, not many of them have Torx
or Star or Robertson bits, so we are basically forced to use Phillips heads
for everything if we want everyone to help with the set-up and tear-down.
I can't tell you how many times I've had to get out the vice grips to remov
e a stripped Phillips screw from something because some rookie chunk-chunk-
chunked it in with a bit-up Phillips bit. Gawd, how I hate that sound.
Maybe I should pledge $14 for a Knife Edge bit and then submit an expense r
eport to the Derby.
Some times the use of an impact drive can successfully and easily remove
a damaged Philips screw. I recall remodeling a neighbors kitchen. The
previous owner used some kind of putty to fill the screw heads, I have
no idea what he was thinking.
Using my drill and Phillips bit I was getting absolutely know where on
removing the 12+ exposed bottom attachment screws on the upper cabinets.
Using the same bit but changing to my impact driver instantly solved the
problem. What little grip the bit made with the filled Phillips heads
was suddenly enough.
Because 90% of people that buy a screw driver only buy a straight or
Phillips. Only now are some of them familiar with square drive let
alone torx. And 99% still get by with simply a straight or Phillips
Well from the standpoint of HD, Torx heads on deck screws is the most
common way to buy that head "now" so people should be more familiar, but
not too long ago the same coated deck screws had the combo
Phillips/Square drive head.
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