Last Updated on May 21, 2021 by Bob De Generio
There are so many different types of screwdrivers that it can be difficult to choose the right one for your needs. There are a few things you should consider before making your decision: what material is the screwdriver made out of, the size and shape of the tip, and how much torque does it produce?
What Are The Three Types Of Screwdrivers?
There are three major types of screwdrivers: slotted, Phillips, and Torx. These can all be either flush or socket-head drivers. The difference between them is in how they grip onto a fastener; some will just push it out while others use different types of angles to loosen the nut from its fixed position on a shaft by wedging between them.
* A slotted driver has slots that flex with any angle change allowing for maximum torque without binding but do not produce optimal contact force when compared to other styles.
* The Phillips style provides greater contact area than a slotted driver which gives more power and prevents slipping due to rotational torque – this design is often favored over the slotted driver because there’s no danger of a screw slot being missed.
* The Torx design has six distinct teeth that are shaped to wedge between the nut and shaft when turned, it also provides more contact than other styles in order to produce maximum torque without binding – this is beneficial since there’s little possibility of having a screwdriver slip off.
* Ideally drivers should be matched with their respective fasteners for optimum performance but sometimes you can get away using one type on another due to different sizes or shapes not matching up 100%.
In general, Phillips’s heads have greater shearing strength which makes them excellent choices for working with metal screws; slotted head drivers will work better with plastic ones because they’re gentler. Socket-head types are generally used only where a socket is needed or for the fitting of bolts.
What Are The Types Of Screwdrivers And Their Uses?
Different types of screwdrivers have different uses. The most common type is the Phillips head which is best for metal screws, but slotted heads are better for plastic and socket-head drivers work better with bolts. In general, it’s important to use drivers that match their corresponding fasteners, in other words, using a Phillips on a slot or vice versa can be dangerous because they’re not designed specifically for each other. Screws should ideally always have matching driver bits–though sometimes you might need to improvise due to different sizes/shapes not lining up perfectly 100%. Be sure to invest in quality tools so your device will last longer!
Safety Tips: Always wear safety goggles when working with power tools as well as gloves and earplugs to protect your eyes, hands, and ears.
What Are Tiny Screwdrivers Called?
Tiny screwdrivers are called jewelers’ screwdrivers. They’re designed for precision work and come in different shapes such as round, square tips, and triangle ends. Though they can be used to install or remove small screws along with other tasks like opening eyeglasses frames or watches, it’s not recommended that you use them on larger projects because the tip may break easily due to their size. It’s best to keep them tucked away until needed since they’re often too fragile to store together with the rest of your tools–they’ll just get lost!
Types Of Screwdriver Heads
If you’re not sure what type of screwdriver head to choose when buying a new one, make sure it’s right for the job. For most general tasks like assembling furniture or attaching shelves together, an all-purpose shaft will be just perfect. If you need something stronger though that can handle more torque and turning force on stubborn screws, then opt for a stubby style instead. The only downside is that they won’t work well with small holes because their wide metal base covers too much surface area–but if this doesn’t concern you then go ahead!
When Do I Use A Phillips’s Head?
The Phillips’s head was invented by Henry F. Phillips in 1936 and since then has been used primarily as a standard cross-head screwdriver. A Phillips’s head has a wide, flat cross with four different sized slots in it–a small one for the screws we mentioned above and three larger ones to fit various sizes of hex bolts.
What About Robertson?
The Robertson screw was patented by Arthur James Robertsons in 1908 and is known as a square-head or slot drive due to its unique shape (rather than traditional round heads). These are used primarily on sheet metal plates that require higher torque than their slotted counterparts can provide because they offer more contact area between the driver blade and bit. They’re also great at resisting cam out which means you won’t need much extra pressure when driving these types of screws into position!
How Do I Use Torx?
Torx screws are mostly found in the automotive, electrical and electronic industries. They have six different sizes (T15-T50) which correspond to their respective thicknesses. The size of a Torx screw is determined by counting how many points it has: for example T25 would be a 25mm drive with two points whereas T30 would measure 30mm but only one point. These types of screws can offer more strength than slotted or Phillips head options because they’re designed to withstand higher torques without camming out–their design also makes them virtually impossible to use incorrectly!
What About Allen’s Heads?
Allen’s heads are hexagon-shaped bolts that require an Allen wrench or key usually around .050″ thick. These are often used to attach small parts together, as they’re not meant for assembly like the Torx bolts.
Why Do Flat Head Screws Still Exist?
Flathead screws still exist because they’re often cheaper than other types of screws and allow for a tighter fit. Though it’s possible to find flat-head screwdrivers in different shapes, the most common shape is round with an L-shaped handle. The end result so far has been that while there are more types of screws available these days, many people prefer to use what’s tried and true–flat heads.