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  • The History of Screws or How We Got Screwed by Mr. Philips

    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006
    "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

    https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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  • #2
    Well if Mr. Cam-out ( JP Thompson the original inventor ) hadn't assign his patent to Philips than Mr. Ford would have been stuck with Robertson and 80 years later Milwaukee , DeWalt , Makita offerings on there ( overpriced ) driver bit sets wouldn't be half made up with Philips bits.

    I personally prefer Mr. Torx over Robertson .

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    • #3
      Yeah, I agree. No use getting Torx'd up over it though.

      I used to carry two fold-up sets of hex wrenches and a set of Torx drivers. Now i just bring the Torx drivers and leave the hex wrenches in the toolbox as most times there is a Torx driver that will fit the hex, at least in the smaller sizes.
      "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006
      "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

      https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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      • #4
        30 years ago a set of torx security bits was hard to find and cost a bundle, giving this fastener some degree of security by virtue of the scarce and expensive wrench. Now you can get them for a song at HF. Not so secure any more.

        I don't know what, if any, fastener is the current solution for security.

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        • #5
          As long as cordless grinders with cutoff wheels exist nothing is secure. They are the bolt cutters of the 21st century.
          "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006
          "?ǝɹɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoʎ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ noʎ op `ʍɐs ǝlqɐʇ ɐ s,ʇı"

          https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

          https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1p...qcZKHyrqKhikFA

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          • BadgerDave
            BadgerDave commented
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            So true. The most important and needed security tool one can have nowadays is a very good insurance policy.

        • #6
          Torx style bits are shown as tamper resistant now in one of the tool catalogues I shop in. Years ago they were classed as tamper proof.

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          • Bob D.
            Bob D. commented
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            There are two types, standard or regular Torx and Security Torx. The security heads have a post in the center which requires a compatible bit. In the beginning they were not easily obtainable but now they are made the thousands in China and elsewhere no doubt for cheap so yes, not so secure anymore.

        • #7
          Thanks for the link.

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          • #8
            Don't forget about Torx Plus.
            the lobes are a little wider and rounder than Torx.

            Common use I've seen for these are seatbelt mounting bolts and CNC machine cutting tool insert holders.

            While you can usually get by using a regular torx bit in these fasteners they don't fit properly and can be stripped out.

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