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.
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?
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.