Wiha makes a pentalobe driver driver set!

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  1. vbman213 macrumors 6502

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    Just incase anybody is looking for a high quality driver:

    http://www.kctoolco.com/Wiha-26764-Precision-P4-Pentalobe-Screwdriver-p/26764.htm

    I'm not a spokesperson for kctoolco or wiha but this driver is SO much better than the iFixit drivers (both the regular and the "pro"). It is Wiha, one of the best brand in precision tools.

    I'll try to take some macro-shots later, but this Wiha driver even looks more rounded than the iFixit driver and the other drivers available on eBay, Amazon, etc.

    Wiha has developed a whole range of P# drivers ranging from P1 (iPhone) to P4 (MBP Retina and Air) and P5 (2009 Macbook Pro battery). P2, P3, and P6 are available but nobody is currently using those heads.
     
  2. Swampus macrumors 6502

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    $7.63 a good deal for a Wiha screwdriver. Thanks for the link.

    For only a couple of dollars more than a cheap generic, it's not a bad idea to get precision quality when working on your Apple. Even if you think it's only for a one-time use, you can have confidence that a Wiha will fit correctly and not damage any screws. Generic tools are fine for changing the spark plugs in your car.
     
  3. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the link. I saw them at wihatools.com but am holding out for an updated bit set.
     
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  6. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

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    $4.40 shipping brings the cost up to $12

    Is this Wiha screwdriver magnetic?

    For that matter, does anyone know if the iFixit 54-bit set is magnetic? It claims to have a magnet in the handle, but I’d like to hear from people who have used it if the magnet is strong enough to hold MBP screws.
     
  7. vbman213 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I purchased the iFixit driver before I found this Wiha. The heads just look different. The iFixit driver has much sharper "teeth". The Wiha are definitely more rounded and "flowery" than than the iFixit or other brands. I'm probably going to be complaining to iFixit... Their driver is "pentalobe" only in the sense that it has 5 teeth. The iFixit driver is nothing more marked up 5-point torx bit. I'm definitely going to think twice before buying iFixit tools again.
     
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    Most hardware stores that sell screwdrivers also sell a magnetizing unit which can be used to either magnetize or demagnetize any tool you may already own.
     
  9. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    Cheap tools are a good buy, until you bust a socket. My 40 rear old Craftsman and even older hand me down Snap-ons still look and work like new. You can buy quality once or cheap forever.
     
  10. dtran09 macrumors newbie

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    Coupon Code

    Hey guys,

    I work at KC Tool and saw you posted this link.

    Wiha's pentalobe drivers really are so much better than the cheap Chinese ones, as you guys were saying.

    But we figured you all might as well get the best of both worlds (or at least close to it), so here's a coupon code for 10% for off any members/readers of the forum: thanks2MR
     
  11. GP20 macrumors member

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    Can you confirm what's the correct size for the 15 Macbook Pro Retina? P4? P5? And thanks for the generous offer!:D
     
  12. vbman213 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It is P4. I own the P4 driver and can confirm it is the one you need for the retina MBP.

    P1 is iPhone
    P4 is rMBP
    P5 is the battery screws on the 2009 MBP.

    P2,P3, and P6 aren't currently used on Apple Products.

    Thanks :p Too bad I didn't have this when I ordered mine haha
     
  13. B's iPhone macrumors member

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    That is very awesome. Thank you.
    I have no reason to take my machine apart but I do appreciate quality tools and will place an order.
     
  14. WAM2 macrumors 6502a

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    Just bought some Wiha tools to make a little Apple Toolkit :)

    Thanks a lot for the coupon code!

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

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    I just ordered the Wiha P4 off Amazon since I had some credit there. If it’s as high-quality you’re all telling me, then I may have to seriously consider making use of the 10% coupon dtran09 gave us, to purchase a fair number of tools.
     
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    Too bad that KC Tool doesn't sell these tools internationally.
    I've been googling like crazy, all for nothing.
    I can't understand why a german manufacturer doesn't sell these Pentalobe drivers in Europe.
     
  17. taz92 macrumors newbie

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    Sorry for this but what tools do I need for a 2012 cmbp to upgrade ram and ssd?
     
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    I'm happy with the quality of what I got - YMMV.
     
  19. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

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    I just got my Wiha P4 today, and was able to fix the creaking case of my rMBP easily. All I had to do was remove the bottom panel and put it back on. There was nothing apparent to cause the creaking, so I assume it was the screws themselves being imperfectly seated.

    The screwdriver worked perfectly, fitting snugly into the pentalobe screws and turning them with ease. It never slipped out, and didn’t even come close to stripping them. I do wish there were an option to get a magnetic version of the screwdriver though.

    Here are some pictures I took with my iPhone. Four of them are using the macro lens I made myself from a disposable camera, and one with a little microscope I have.
     

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    Did Wiha make you sign some security waver before buying this? I'm curious because I had to sign some agreement when I bought a set of security Torx drivers from them (and they are still like new after all these years).

    Anyways I already have their entire set, so I guess I'll pick up these. Now I'm curious if they plan to make a micro set as well...
     
  22. dtran09 macrumors newbie

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    Awesome, thank you!

    They don't send us any waivers to distribute or anything like that. No strings attached.
     
  23. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

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    It's strong enough for day to day tech work. I've used a 54-bit iFixit kit for about 3 years now, with two of those years involving heavy tech work (refurbished roughly 1,000+ MacBooks in addition to normal repairs), with no complaints.

    And of course Wiha makes a pentalobe screwdriver, they supply Apple's Genius teams with the majority of their repair kits.

    With that said, I prefer the iFixit kit over the Wiha tools. During three years or so at Apple I threw away at least 15-20 Wiha screw drivers because the tips dulled down too far or they flat out snapped (both the handle and the shaft). They're good tools for occasional or light tech work but they really don't hold up nearly as well as the iFixit driver/bit kit.

    The only downside to the iFixit kit is that they don't sell the bits individually. I lost a 00 (my most used bit) bit from my secondary, at work, kit and have not been able to get a replacement from them. Not the end of the world but it would be a nice option.

    Actually, one complaint about the iFixit driver... It sucks when working with the multi-body Mac mini, it's too big to fit in the drive chassis mounting holes. This is the only repair where I dig around to find my Wiha 00.
     
  24. dtran09 macrumors newbie

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    A couple months ago is actually the first time a pentalobe precision driver has been available from Wiha. Maybe they were manufacturing them just for Apple before, but they've never been for sale before. And they are US exclusive, as someone mentioned above.
     
  25. Mr Rabbit macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, I wasn't aware of that. It's been a few years since I was at Apple but I recall seeing them the last time I was in the GR. They must have a delay between providing tools to Apple and providing similar kits to the public.
     

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