Have you ever tried to find the right screwdriver for the security screws that are used in computers, iPods and other electronic equipment?
It can be confusing to simply try to figure out how to call these tools, even before you begin to choose the electronic tool you are looking for.
These are some terms that you may have heard or need to be familiar with, which will help you find the right safety screwdriver.
Torx driver: Torx is a brand used to identify screwdrivers that do not have a Phillips head or a flat blade. In most cases, torx screwdrivers have six sides and look like a star.
Keys: the keys are screwdrivers that look like a flat blade screwdriver, but have the centre of the blade cut leaving only the two outer edges to the left.
Star Drills Star Drills is another example of Torx screwdrivers and looks like a star on the driver’s tip.
Safety screwdrivers Safety screwdrivers refer to all the elements mentioned above. They are specifically designed for those safety or tamper-proof screws used in the electronics industry, as well as in some automotive applications.
Now that you have an idea of what these special screwdrivers are called let’s look at the different types. For ease of understanding, I will refer to all safety screwdrivers as Torx controllers.
Torx controllers use a numerical system that is generally quite easy to understand.
The larger the number, the higher the head of the driver. Therefore, a Torx T8 controller would have a head size smaller than a T9.
Torx controllers can also be referred to as hollow shaft or solid shaft. The numbering system works in the same way, but Torx controllers with a hollow central axis will have the designation H in the end. For example, a Torx controller with a stable axis will be called T8, while the same Torx controller with a hollow axis will be called T8H, where H designates the shaft hollow.
Now you can also find these particular types of Torx controllers in what are known as safety bit sets.
In many cases, the security bit sets offer the same convenience as the controllers but contain only the bits that can be exchanged using a standard screwdriver with a hollow shaft that allows the bits to fit.
The advantage of security bitsets is that they can be purchased at a meagre price. The downside is their size, as they may not fit into narrow places found in electronic equipment.
On the other hand, the keys are a little different from the Torx controllers.
The name of this safety screwdriver explains how this controller works.
It is a two-pronged controller that extends over a central point in the safety screw.
Although this type of safety screw is not as popular as the traditional star type screw, it is becoming more common in newer electronic equipment.
Remember, manufacturers have put these types of security screws in their equipment for a reason.
In some cases, removing these security screws will void your computer’s warranty.
They are also used to ensure that trained electronic technicians repair this type of equipment.
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