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#36640 - 04/12/04 06:38 AM Robertson Screwdrivers
ALA12 Offline
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Hello everyone. I've been hearing more and more about Robertson screwdrivers -- that folks in Canada use them a lot more than folks in the U.S., and about their great turning capability (since the screwdriver and tip of the screw stay put together better).

I was wondering, though -- what kinds of applications would you use these for? If I'm working in a lumber yard, could Robertson screws be used? Or there other projects out there where Robertson screwdrivers are typically used? If they could be used for virtually anything (that one would normally use a Phillips head for), I may even consider switching my arsenal to use only these screws and screwdrivers.

Thoughts?

Thanks, ALA12
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#36641 - 04/12/04 06:57 AM Re: Robertson Screwdrivers
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This kind of sounds like a sales pitch, particularly as you list your profession as Public Relations.

You are taking about square drive screws and you have answered you own question.

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they could be used for virtually anything (that one would normally use a Phillips head for


Many panel terminals have provisions on them for square drive and it is easer to use a torque screwdriver with a square drive then a Philips.

I do not see me getting rid of my Phillips tips just yet.

Bob

[This message has been edited by iwire (edited 04-12-2004).]
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#36642 - 04/12/04 07:00 AM Re: Robertson Screwdrivers
ALA12 Offline
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I'm sorry if this came off as a sales pitch. I'm merely a young, new member to the group and am trying to figure out just what the heck Robertson screwdrivers are used for. Someone was telling me about all their benefits the other day but never really said what they're used for. Can you help?

Thanks in advance.
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#36643 - 04/12/04 07:07 AM Re: Robertson Screwdrivers
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Being Canadian and using both i will tell you that yes Robertson screwdrivers are far superior than Phillips,and can,t think of one situation where i would rather use a different type of screw.
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#36644 - 04/12/04 07:07 AM Re: Robertson Screwdrivers
iwire Offline
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I am sorry if I am mistaken but we do get people here trying to push a product.

Bob
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#36645 - 04/12/04 07:17 AM Re: Robertson Screwdrivers
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Is the Robertson screw a uniquely Canadian invention? First time I saw them was on my first visit to Montreal back in 1999....
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#36646 - 04/12/04 07:32 AM Re: Robertson Screwdrivers
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The first electrical shop I worked for used them exclusivley. There are many benifits. The tip holds the screw as though it were magnatized. It is nearly impossible to strip them. Once the tip is in the screw it doesn't come out until you want it to, unlike a slotted or phillips. And last but not least...not every trade on the job site has one, so if someone needs to move one of your boxes or pipes, they have to come get you instead of just hacking it apart! I am a big fan of these, and as Bob (Iwire) pointed out, alot of equipment is now putting in slotted/square screws on their terminlas, covers and dead fronts. I'll tell you the truth, I couldn't say enough about how much I like working with them.
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#36647 - 04/12/04 07:52 AM Re: Robertson Screwdrivers
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I believe it is Canadian,but I am being unbiased in my thoughts about them.
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#36648 - 04/12/04 08:33 AM Re: Robertson Screwdrivers
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Never heard of it. What does it look like?

Just when you thought you had enough of weird screwdrivers. Philips, Torx, tamper proof torx, hexagonal and a couple I haven't even a name for.
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#36649 - 04/12/04 08:42 AM Re: Robertson Screwdrivers
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The screwdriver has a square tip that fits in a square opening on the end of a screw,due tothe square in square it has plenty of torque and doesn,t fall off very easily.
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