Screwdriver set recommendations

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by szolr, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. szolr macrumors 6502

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    Adding more RAM and otherwise changing stuff inside your computer first requires you to actually unscrew the device. :) And, if, like me, you have rather big not so deft hands then the screwdriver can make a big difference to the speed of doing that.

    I'd really like something with a magnetic tip (is that possible?) so that it can "stick" to the screw I'm getting out. Then, when I've unscrewed it, I don't drop it on the carpet and have tp s[end ages looking for it. :p I'm also wondering what sort of size screwdrivers I need for different Macs. So my 2009 iMac and 2011 Macbook Pro. And, for the record, what size would I need to get the screws out of my iPhone 3GS when I decide to get a 4S?

    Any advice is much appreciated. :)
     
  2. pknz macrumors 68020

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    http://www.ifixit.com/Tools#0-Toolkits

    I use the 54 bit driver set, works quite well. Case isn't the greatest but it does the job.

    iFixit.com also has guides on repairing Macs and what tools are required.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The iFixit screwdrivers are actually pretty good and reasonably priced.
     
  4. Axiosion macrumors newbie

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    Another vote for the iFixit screwdriver set, they're pretty good in comparison to other precision toolkits that I've owned from The Source and Canadian Tire.
     
  5. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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  6. Sonhascome macrumors 6502

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    I have only bought one ifixit screwdriver, the pentalobe for removing the battery, but I bought a Skil set from ebay for cheap and it seems like a pretty good set, it just isn't magnetic.
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Tool kits from a Tire company???
     
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  9. jaynone macrumors member

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    :D

    Its a hardware store. Auto Parts, Hardware, Tools, Hunting/Fishing/Camping, Sporting Goods, Housewares, and seasonal junk. Its a Canadian thing.
     
  10. Goldenbear macrumors regular

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    You can probably find this or something similar in the UK for less, but I got this one a while back.

    it's worked fine for iBooks and Mac Minis (including replacing the CPU).

    Not sure why you need to unscrew anything on the 3GS though.
     
  11. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    Wiha makes a really good screw driver set, reasonably priced if you look on Amazon. They are all made in Germany and are of excellent quality. I believe Apple uses these screw drivers when they service their machines.
     
  12. Buckles macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I got that one too. Didn't know which tool I needed so I decided to buy them all.. :D In the end I needed the 1.5mm pentalobe and the PH00 and one of the Torx bits. No idea why Apple make it so complicated!

    Kit is decent - has the console tools in it too. My mate borrowed it to dismantle his Nintendo Wii. Not sure why... Guess some people just like taking things apart. Weirdo!
     
  13. JTravers macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for Wiha.
    Amazing quality precision screwdrivers. I always had problems stripping screws until I bought a set of Wiha's.
     
  14. jdaniel macrumors 65816

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    I checked out WIHA...on Amazon but how would we know if it includes pentalobe? I am assuming since I do not see it listed on one of the other pages then it doesnt?
     
  15. iphonetechtips macrumors newbie

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    This site - teak23MacParts has a good selection of Mac repair kits, magnetic or anti-static (ESD safe) & even have Proefessional quality tools with a lifetime guarantee! http://www.teak23macparts.com/
    All Mac's compatibility is listed in the description too.
     
  16. jefbond macrumors member

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    I worked the Genius Bar for Apple. We used the Wiha brand for all stores. I HIGHLY recommend this brand. Bought a set myself, too :)
     
  17. cvaldes macrumors 68040

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    Another longtime WIHA owner here.

    I have several sets. The Topra has magnetic tips and a geared handle to provide more torque:

    http://www.amazon.com/Wiha-28298-12-Piece-Hex-Inch-Ratchet/dp/B000LDNA26/

    For general usage, I have the five-piece set of insulated screwdrivers

    http://www.amazon.com/Wiha-32091-1000-Volt-Insulated-Screwdriver/dp/B000T9UG60/

    For small work, I have an older discontinued box set of Wihi Drive-Loc ESD screwdrivers (one handle, interchangeable blades). The following link is the closest similar set that's currently available:

    http://www.amazon.com/Wiha-26985-Drive-Loc-Phillips-Interchangeable/dp/B004V229BQ/

    Great tools, the Mercedes-Benz of screwdrivers. I've had mine for probably close to 15 years! I purchased them before pentalobe screws were used, but I don't think Wiha makes them anyhow.
     
  18. polotska macrumors 6502

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    Another Wiha fan here. They don’t make everything in Germany anymore, though.
     

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