Advantage of Torx screwdrivers

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by w8ing4intelmacs, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2006
    East Coast, US
    Why are there flat-heads, phillips, and torx screwdrivers? What are the advantages of one over the other? Why can't the "best one" just become the standard?

    (this is me not understanding why you use a little phillips screwdriver to open the memory/hard drive slots for a macbook but need a torx screwdriver to release the hard drive from the drive sled - couldn't they use small phillips screws for that too?)
  2. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    In my experience from working at a horse ranch while at school, hex(torx) screws were all we used to built stalls, barns, etc. Philips and flat heads strip easily, and since they come in so many different sizes, you spend more time trying to find the right bit to fit the screw head than actually screwing/unscrewing the screw.

    Also, when the screws rust, both philips and flat heads will be impossible to get out without other means.
  3. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
    Torx type screws, allow you to apply more torque. Leting you fasten the screw much tighter. With out the danger, of striping the head.

    Also, it lets the manufacture gain a little security. In the fact that most people don't have torx drivers, just laying around. Unlike the Phillips and standard drivers.
  4. w8ing4intelmacs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2006
    East Coast, US
    So why not use torx screws for everything?

    sorry, im venting and im tired of having all these different little screwdrivers.
  5. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    Durham, NC

  6. LotusLord macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2008
    The Capital of the Land of Cheese and Beer
    hex and torx are not the same. Torx are star shaped hex are exactly that hexagonal.
  7. szark macrumors 68030


    May 14, 2002
    Why are there Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems? What are the advantages of one over the other? Why can't the "best one" just become the standard? ;)

    Seriously, though: Why not use Torx screws for everything? In terms of Apple's design, I think the Phillips screws identify parts that are intended to be replaced by the user, and the Torx screws identify parts intended to be replaced by a technician.
  8. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

    Dec 17, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm guessing the reason is that Torx screws aren't more prominent is that they require the exact right Torx screwdriver size.

    With Philips and flathead, you can have just a couple of different screwdrivers and can use it big, small, and everything in between.
  9. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    That seems like an excellent reason to me. Flat head needs the fewest different size screwdrivers. Phillips is an improvement on design because there's less slipping when screwing, but you need more sizes for good fit. Hex and torx have the least slippage and allow better torquing, but require very precise sizes for each screw.
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    there are a lot more types of screws than just those 3 you listed lol
  11. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Count all the variations in each class and there are a few dozen or so bit/head types. Oh, and don't forget the Security/Tamper-proof versions of many of them. I've got one case of nothing but security bits. Total pain, really. Some of these screws are only found in public restroom stalls. Geez...
  12. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    At least Torx screwdrivers can be bought in most hardware stores. I have bits for T5-T10 that I got from Sears for my MacBook HDD tray and various other Torx things. What's really irking me, though, is that I can't find screwdrivers for those five-point screws on iPod hard drives anywhere. Does anyone know what they're called or where you can buy them at?
  13. TheJayWay macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2007
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    It's too bad the Canadian answer to the Philips and Flat-heads never took off. I've never rounded off a Robertson (Square) and kind like them, I guess at this point its six and one half dozen of the other..

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