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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-31-2010, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Default Torx and not so Torx screws

I have been a fan of Torx screws for past several years, despite the fact they are sometimes hard to find and I usually have to ORDER them. Couple days back a fella gave me some "torx" screws he bought at H.Depot. Now, I'm a big fan of H.Depot, but these screws are NOT Torx screws. They do not have a crisp, clean locking STAR on the head like the genuine Torx do.
Any comments from you fellas on Torx in general. I think they're great but I don't have the eons and decades of experience most of you old guys do.
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welcome to the forum Warren. I'm like you, a fan of torx head fasteners. The big sell on these is that you have considerably more surface (driver to screwhead) contact than on a standard fastener. One down side is drive heads that have been poorly stamped or worn. Another is the shear number of sizes. whereas a phillips #1,2 and 3 pretty much cover it, torx has sooooooooooooo many more. Its kinda like changing over to the metric system, slow going at best. *L*. when its all said and done, I don't know that one fastener is all that much better than other when it comes to drivehead design...
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This article on Instructables.com might help out.

When a Phillips is not a Phillips!

It explains the difference between several different screw heads and has at least two torx sections.

Hope this helps. I recall reading info about this on some other site too, but don't remember where.
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