I ordered an assorment of wood screws from a company called
Screw Products Inc. They sent me 10 containers (plastic jars)
of "Star Drive" wood screws in various sizes from 1" - 4" @ $57.00.
It was well woth the money. I've bben using them for a week now in
everything from plywoods, to #2 pine, and hardwoods and they've
been spectacular. They drive in any wood easily and I've yet to even
come close to stripping a head yet. When I haven't drilled a pilot hole
they still go in smooth, almost as if they are "self-piloting". The screws
got some sort of ridges on the underside of the head that make them
flush mount without cracking or chipping up the surface area around
them. Make my old Crapsmen drill seem like its brand new they go
in so easy. I would recoomend them to anyone.
Joey in Chesapeake
Took me about 30 seconds to find them--I googled "Screw Products Inc" and
they were the first hit. The site is <http://www.screw-products.com/ . A
few days ago I had several square-drive screws in a row cam out before they
were set, buggering up the head too much to be able to get them either
farther in or back out (ended up grinding them down flush with a Dremel)
and at the time I wished that I could find some wood screws with Torx
heads. I guess "ask and ye shall receive" because these is them.
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
I can't speak for your situation but I've found stripping the head of
a torx is much easier than a square drive. Any time I've used torx
(automotive use only), I've always had one or two that strip out.
Anytime I remove a torx headed bolt from my Jeep, I replace with a
regular socket head type bolt. The square drive screws I've used from
McFeely's have worked very well...in fact I can't think of a situation
that I've ever stripped one of them out. Again, your mileage may vary
and I suppose there are situations where a torx would be preferred...I
just haven't found it yet.
I bought a trial pack of these a year or so ago and they were so
awesome I bought a bunch more. Now I figure: what is the point of
using any other kind of screw? The combo of these with an impact
driver is dreamy, if a little overkill on the cam out front. I even
got my friend 5 lb of the #8 2" stainless for his wedding last summer.
Torx rocks. I've been wondering for years why wood screws didn't come
with them and why they were not more widespread in machine screws. I
guess it is patented. Can't wait for that to run out...
Were you using good square drive screws? Not cheapo off brand? Or
worse, square/cross, the worst of both worlds. I've gone through 10's
of thousands of square drive screws and almost all malfunctions are
due to operator error. Things to watch for, crappy bits, crud in the
square recess. here's a test. Take a 2" or so screw and load it in
your favorite driver. Now pick up the driver by lifting it with the
screw. If you can't do it try a new bit or better screws. This may be
harder for you gorillas who use those big honkin DeWalt monsters so
maybe you can try with the battery pack removed.
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