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    One of the most frequently used tools, what are your thoughts on the humble screwdriver?

    Do you have a favourite brand or does almost anything go?

    Do you have a favourite style such as rubber grip or solid grip etc?

    Is most expensive always best or are there some very good cheapies out there?

    Are you a minimalist or have you got screwdrivers hanging out of every drawer and tool box?

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    I bought some really excellent Japanese (I think?) ones from Bunnings about 15 years ago called JETech and now regret not buying a whole lot more before they stopped stocking them. These are the best screwdrivers I've ever used. The tips are top notch and don't slip, are hard enough to last, and the handles are very grippy soft feel rubber which can be refreshed clean and grippy with a bit of metho on a cloth. JETech make a few types but the ones in the left hand pic in the link are the ones I have (their 'ST' range), I have two sizes of Phillips and a pair of really long thin ones, Philips and straight. Absolutely recommended.

    https://www.techno.com.my/products/g...crewdriver.htm
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    As a sparky I saw these the other day on special at $30, good buy at that price.
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    This thread made me go looking for them and here is a set for sale on eBay from Aus. that I bought! A 'money where my mouth is' moment.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Jetech-6...4383.l4275.c10


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    Hmm. One can never have enough screwdrivers such is the case with me but, then again, one is always close to hand.

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    Sunflag!!

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    They do look good Jo.


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    Sunflag, of course!

    You beat me to it, Jo.

    Seriously, they are good, and if you work on anything Japanese you need them for the JIS tips.

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    They are very good, but can you decipher the home page? SUNFLAG

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    I must be cheap. I'm happy with a Stanley.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Wilkinson View Post
    Sunflag, of course!

    You beat me to it, Jo.

    Seriously, they are good, and if you work on anything Japanese you need them for the JIS tips.

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    JIS is the Japanese standard for what we call Philips. The difference is they are designed to bite in the screw head not to jump out when the screw gives you lip. That is why they don't slip. I have harvested a few of these from wreckers. Standard issue on Corollas. Amazing how many owners never took them out. Quite nice quality too. The stem is reversible and has a flat blade at the other end.
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    I dont think my current set of Stanleys are as good as the ones I bought in the 1970's. My impression is that the tips arent as tough as they used to be. I lost some of the original set, who knows what happened, borrowed by brother and not returned, left under bonnet and fell out ?????

    Edit - My recollection is that Stanleys weren't cheap in the 1970's
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    Unless you can use them as a chisel, they are useless
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    They aren't as in the 70s. Now made elsewhere.

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    Stanley Philips screwdrivers are rubbish. They're too pointy and don't seat properly (I have quite a few).

    JIS aren't the same as Phillips, they're crosspoint AFAIK. Similar but different, crosspoint have straighter sides to the cross. I only know from working on quality Japanese cameras for years. If you use top quality Philips drivers on a Japanese camera the screw heads still get damaged because they don't fit properly.

    Those Jetechs are a great value proposition though. The Philips ones seat and drive screws better than most drivers I've used and the build quality is tops with tang thru handle construction. Tips are that hard grey steel with chrome shafts. I just bought that set of six for $26 delivered!

    With the thin long reach ones I have, you can feel the shaft twist a little on really tight screws and spring back when the screw releases with a snap, but the tip stays firmly seated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter chisholm View Post
    one of the most frequently used tools, what are your thoughts on the humble screwdriver?

    Do you have a favourite brand or does almost anything go?

    Do you have a favourite style such as rubber grip or solid grip etc?

    Is most expensive always best or are there some very good cheapies out there?

    Are you a minimalist or have you got screwdrivers hanging out of every drawer and tool box?

    wtf? ?

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    Anyone remember the Yankee screwdrivers? I sure do because in the late 70's I was reskinning ply to an old sabot sailing boat. Dad had one of these screw drivers that I used to drive the many slotted brass screws in through the ply to the frame. Ouch they can hurt and put holes right through that plywood.

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    I have a lasting memory of Sunflag screw drivers, at one time heavily discussed on AF.

    All lost in the Great Go Diddly crash.
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    Welcome back rob!!
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    There were a few Posidrive screws on 504s and 505s. Not many though.....from memory, on the door handles. Phillips-head screwdrivers would not work well on them.

    Does anyone know if Posidrive is till used anywhere ? I just cleaned the rust off my only Posiderive screwdriver.
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    I remember they were well regarded in the 80's in the cabinet making industry but yes diminished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterT View Post
    I must be cheap. I'm happy with a Stanley.
    Twice now I bought stanley sets thinking "they can't be that bad".... But "shit" is a very good description for them. Last set, all the slotted screwdrivers with too thick in the blade to fit most screws, and the phillips were so soft I rounded there tips off with very little use.

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    I purchased a set a few months ago from total tools. "Diamond tipped" ... You know, the phillips do seem to grip very well... They are a million times the screwdriver if compared to stanley. I haven't yet used them in anger, so we'll they haven't been used as punches, prybars or levers ........................................ Yet .... This is usually how you break the screwdrivers. If they are really good hard metal, you break the tips off when using them as levers.
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    Yep, I have two of those; a huge one and a small one, both in perfect working order.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shoji View Post
    Anyone remember the Yankee screwdrivers? I sure do because in the late 70's I was reskinning ply to an old sabot sailing boat. Dad had one of these screw drivers that I used to drive the many slotted brass screws in through the ply to the frame. Ouch they can hurt and put holes right through that plywood.

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    I have my favorite 4 screw drivers so well used the branding has completely disappeared.
    Favorite flat is an electrical with most of the shielding removed from the shaft to get into tight spots.

    2 crosshead of different manufacturer one long shaft one short shaft.

    1 small crosshead.

    Have always been able to use these 4.

    But a good torx set pays it self on the Citroens pretty quickly.

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    I also have one of those magnetic screwdriver bit drivers I bought from Altronics and a cheapy large set of 100 various driver tips from Bunnings including a load of those unusual ones, Torx, security bits etc. What's useful about these sets is that you get a few of the same type in Philips etc. so can ditch the tips once they're worn, and they can be driven by various means (such as a small ratchet for torx).


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