After getting back to Toronto with all of my Amazon goodies,
I realized that one of the batteries' clips had been broken in
shipping (as was one of the partitions in the case). I called
Makita in Toronto and they said bring it over. Unfortunately,
my new battery was made in China and does not use the
Philipps screws that the 2.6A 18V Japanese manufactued
ones use. Mine has a torx screw with protusion in the centre
that's designed to go in a hole in torx screwdriver. And they
didn't have this screwdriver at Makita Canada :-(. They
gladly gave me a replacement battery clip though.
Drilling a hole in the end of mine was an abject failure. They're
used in the auto insustry (according to very helpful person at HD)
so I'm off to my car repair guy tomorrow and hope he has one.
Is there a name for this other than g.d.torx?
A little trick to try - using a small flat head screwdriver,
insert the tip into the screw head next to the pin and give
it a twist. usually the metal pin in the centre of the screw
head will break of allowing an ordinary torx driver to be used.
Thanks for all the responses. I'd already checked HD and CdnTire. Helpful staff
knew about them but neither carry it. And neither seemed intereseted in doing so.
Little bits in the middle are too strong to snap off.
Friend with a little metal lathe is going to (try to) drill a hole in one of my t15
Looks like 1/16th will do it. Fiendishly clever plastic case is so close to the head
that it is impossible to grip with decent pliers. First time I've been thwarted in
something apart for a long time.
At least I know the name of the thing now -
Go to any of your local Princess auto stores and buy a set of security
bits they come in a little red plastic case and have all kinds of tamper
proof bits for those PITA screws. I have a set and they have saved my ass
many times I think they are only about 5 or 6 bucks for about 20 different
bit well worth having even if you only use once.
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