This article covers homeowner and professional Security and regular screwdriver bit sets.
Gone are the days when you needed three slotted screwdrivers and three Phillips screwdrivers to remove just about any screw. Today there are many different types of screwheads including Phillips, Slotted, Phillips ACR®, Robertson, Slotted, Pozidriv®, Povidriv ACR®, French Recess (BNAE), Socket Head (Allen) standard and tamper resistant, Square Access, Torx® standard and tamper resistant, Torx Plus®, Spanner tamper resistant, Torq-Set®, Torq-Set Plus®, Tri-Wing®, Tri-Wing ACR®, Hi-Torque®, and Mortorq®
Manufactures are using all these types of screw heads for basically three reasons: Automated Assembly, Safety and Security
Automated assembly. Today’s manufactures use robots and automated assembly lines to build most of the products you buy. The old slotted screw just doesn’t work for high speed assembly. The Philips head is a lot easier to insert and remove than the slotted head but it still is not a good choice for automation. Each of the types of screw heads listed above has it’s own advantages, but that is outside the scope of this article. You just want to know where to get the screwdriver to remove the screw.
Safety. Fifty years ago when the toaster quit you grabbed a screwdriver and a pencil eraser took the bottom off the toaster and cleaned the contacts with the eraser. Then somebody tried doing that and forgot to unplug the toaster before they tore it apart. Their surviving relatives sued the toaster manufacture and today when you go to open the toaster you are confronted with warning stickers and screw heads you have never seen before. If there is a screw head you don’t recognize preventing you from tearing your appliance apart there just may be a good safety reason why.
Security. Today there are many reasons why the manufacture doesn’t want you to go inside your device. You see the big warning sign “No user serviceable parts inside” For example, with most of todays electronics can easily be ruined by you touching the components. Just the static that you build up walking around the house is enough to ruin the insides of most computers, flat panel TV’s and appliances if you touch the circuit board or components without proper grounding. Keeping you out of the unit and only letting a properly trained service tech in can be very cost effective for many of today’s manufactures.
Another example, a lot of the small engine carburetors today have adjustment screws with no slots. The manufactures have EPA qualified these engines based on a specific fuel mixture and to keep the government happy (and your lungs) these carburetors are set at the factory and no one really wants you messing with them without the proper measuring equipment.
I Still Want To Get Inside!
OK, with the exception of the screws on your phone, (it takes a #6 Torx) the easiest way to get the proper bit to remove that strange screw is to buy a set of bits. Trying to find a screwdriver with the exact style you need can be a very, very frustrating experience. Buy a bit set and be done with hunting for the proper screwdriver.
I have selected a few good sets that will remove most of the screws you will come across. (Most of the sets DO NOT come with the #6 Torx for your phone)
#6 Torx for your phone. Craftsman T6 x 1-1/2 in. Screwdriver 09 41651
Screwdrivers with bit sets.
This is my best choice for most homeowners. Craftsman 32 pc. Security Screwdriver and Bit Set Installs and removes tamper-proof and security screws. Bits are stored in a vinyl holder that stores on the screwdriver shaft. Handle has a swivel cap for smooth like ratcheting action.
If you would like one screwdriver with all the regular and tamper proof bits commonly used around the home and in autos the Craftsman Professional 51-pc. Magnetic Driver Model 49303 is the best choice. It includes slotted, Phillips, Torx, square, and all the automotive security bits. This set is guarenteed forever. If any of the tips or the driver breaks, bring the whole set into your nearest Sears and they will gladly replace it.
If you need all the different bits available or you work on devices professionally here is a set of bench-top drivers specially designed for the professional. Wiha Master Technicians Bench Top Driver Set, 50 Pc, ESD
Wiha Master Technicians Bench Top Set – 50 Piece 50 precision screwdrivers and nutdrivers in convenient Plexiglass frame. (Germany) Includes:Slotted: .8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0mm Phillips: #000, #00, #0, #1 Torx: T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T15, T20 Metric Hex: .07, .09, 1.3, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0mm Inch Hex: 1/16, 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32″ Metric Nutdrivers: 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5mm Chip Lifter