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48233RE: [bolger] Robertson (Square drive) Screws

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  • Bill Kreamer
    Feb 10, 2006
      Okay guys you got me. I guess I have to limit what I said to the situation
      where one is re-using a screw, as I am wont to do. You can strip a long
      Robertson screw on the second shot, whereas a similar Torx screw will go in
      and out many times, no problem. Both Robertson and Torx screws are
      available as stainless deck screws. You often get a free Torx bit in the
      box of screws. It's at the bottom, I guess to prevent guys like me from
      filching them. Yeah, I need to get a clutch drill soon. Seen any deals?
      What's your model preference?

      Full Tilt Bill <wicked grin>


      From: bolger@yahoogroups.com [mailto:bolger@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
      Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 2:14 PM
      To: bolger@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [bolger] Robertson (Square drive) Screws

      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "David" <arbordg@...> wrote:
      > Bill,
      > I own an Architectural Millwork firm. We use predominantly #2
      > Robertson drive screws. I've never seen anyone strip one out. I
      > to say, that would take a bit of talent (did you ever have the
      > nickname FullTiltBill?) <Grin>. We do use mostly cordless drills
      > adjustable clutch settings to avoid such mishaps. I've never used
      > screws in any quantity - are they (as they appear) significantly
      > resistant to stripping out the heads?
      > Cheers,
      > David Graybeal
      > Portland, OR.
      > "Moderation in all things, especially moderation"
      > *********************

      I have never had the experience of ever stripping out a Robertson
      screw when driving it by hand in over 30 years of using them.

      I highly recommend your method David, in using a driver with an
      adjustable clutch, because it is possible if driving into hardwood,
      with no pilot hole, to strip out the head - or twist it off - with a
      powerful driver.

      Two other possible errors I have witnessed, is using a smaller size
      bit to drive a size larger screw and using a driver bit that is worn
      out so the edges are rounded. If the bit won't hold the screw by
      itself it is either the wrong bit or it is worn out.

      I have only seen torx screws that are meant for metal work. Was not
      aware of them being available for use in woodwork. Not that I see
      any advantage in them.


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