Another Tool You Gotta Have
Jun 22, 2013
I have complained for many years about Torx-head fasteners. Their heads look SORT OF like a Phillips-head screw, but have more "points." I carried a grudge against Torx-head fasteners because they required me to buy a new set of tools to install and remove them, because Phillips screwdrivers WILL NOT remove Torx-head fasteners without damaging those fasteners.
Believe me about that---I tried. Oh, how I tried.
I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of Torx-head screwdrivers, and eventually some larger Torx-head sockets to use on ratchet wrenches. And, though I'm reluctant to admit it, I now prefer Torx-head fasteners to Phillips-type fasteners.
That's because I'm an expert at stripping out Phillips-head screws. From the number of stripped out Phillips-head screws I see on equipment that comes into our shop, I'm not alone. That's why I've been pleasantly surprised with the durability of Torx-head fasteners. I'm not saying their un-strippable---I've repeatedly proven that ANY fastener can be stripped, mangled, marred and twisted beyond salvage. But Torx-head fasteners, if installed and removed with common sense and the approrpriate-size Torx-head screwdriver or socket tool, are pretty durable.
Torx-head tools really aren't that expensive, between $40 and $100 depending on how big of a set you get and what name is on the handle. It was tough to spend the money on my first set, but it was money well spent.