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Forum topic by Whiskers posted 03-19-2014 03:57 AM 747 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Whiskers

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03-19-2014 03:57 AM

I really love my Kreg pocket hole jig and screws and often use the screws and bits in non pocket hole situations cause I love the way the bit drives the self piloting screws without ever stripping like conventional phillips head or slotted screws. My question is does this type bit/head/slot have a common name so I can shop for other things that use the same type of head, such as conventional wood screws, drywall screws, deck screws etc and a hand held screw driver or other length of bits, etc.


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#1 posted 03-19-2014 04:03 AM

square drive.

look at http://www.mcfeelys.com/tech/faq.htm for info

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 04:06 AM

I think you’re looking for a square drive. McFeely's has a great selection, and I believe they have assortment kits that come in various lengths and include the appropriate size driver bit.

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 04:07 AM

What kind of jig do you have? if your using Kreg pocket-hole screws they are #2 square drive, some have a washer-head on them and others have a pan-head. if you could post a pic that would be great!!!

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 04:08 AM

The ACE hardware here sells bulk screws with the square drive heads.

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Whiskers

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 04:10 AM

Thanks guys, that had to be the fastest I have ever found a answer to one of my dumb questions, lol, and the answer was so simple. Sawdust, guess you read my post before I edited in that it was a Kreg, I added that bit just before I saw the answers flood in. I’ll look for a set of square drive screw drivers and bits.

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#6 posted 03-19-2014 04:15 AM

Yeah go check out Mcfeely’s for those square drive screws and bits. btw i got a #2 square drive hand screwdriver made by Klein tools, at HD, Love IT!!!! if you can afford it go for that screw diver.

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 04:18 AM

whiskers, FWIW the proper name for the screws are robertsons. And yes they are square drive. They have been around for many years.

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Whiskers

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 04:19 AM

Interesting, First I’ve heard of this McFeely’s, looks like screws-r-us inc. Will definately mark them for when I need to buy bulk of anything. As it is for pockethole screws I may have a lifetime supply, but I’m sure I will need other things in time. Page is still loading, hate dialup, so haven’t found their drivers and bits yet.

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 04:25 AM

Will look for that Sawdust, as it is I need to order $34 worth of flourescent bulbs from the HD to finish my shop lighting, I planned to look at what HD had in these type of drivers and bits as well as the McFeelys cause I need to pad the order out to $45 to get free shipping. A nice set of screwdrivers would probably do it.

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Sawdustmaker115

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 04:43 AM

Yeah klein tools are great if your looking for nice
screwdrivers, i’ve got a bunch of in fact their the only screwdrivers i use.
Also if your looking for driver bit to go in the drill or whatever,the depot
also sells 1” driver bits made by dewalt i picked up a 2pack awhile ago
must say they are pricey but their goodl. I’m still using the first bit i got.
Also if you’ve never tried torque drive (guess there also known as
star drives) check out deckmate screws also sold at HD i like these screws alot
they don’t ever cam out on me or strip, only down side is you do need to pre drill them

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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Whiskers

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#11 posted 03-19-2014 04:50 AM

Think you mean torx drive. I only seen 1 place they used, back when many states started the rip-off scam for the auto mechanics of requiring auto inspections and they required headlight alignment to be checked and redone, no car ever passes headlight alignment under these programs ever, all cars switched to torx screws on the headlights to align them. They figured most people too stupid to figure out how to buy a new screw driver. Since I’m not about to pay a mechanic $100 to replace a $5 headlight, I bought a torx driver.

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Sawdustmaker115

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#12 posted 03-19-2014 05:24 AM

Yeah that’s the name couldn’t quite think of it.
I do find funny how they have come up with safty screwx and stuff like on powertools.
Like i don’t have a set or can get a set of drivers for that. All they do is annoying everyone with
the odd screw heads

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#13 posted 03-19-2014 07:54 AM

Cab maker is right. Robertsons tip screws. A lot if them will still say r1 or r2 for the size. The kreg screws are r2

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The Box Whisperer

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#14 posted 03-19-2014 11:55 AM

Robertsons. As Vertigo pointed out the are coded by numbers, but also at least in Canada by color. The smaller ones you find in electrical work are green and the kreg size screws are red. On the site everyone was always looking for a “red robby” driver

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#15 posted 03-19-2014 04:07 PM

I have been using the Highpoint screws from Woodcraft. They have the #17 cutter point and can be driven with both a square drive or Phillips.

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