Regardless of your industry, every business needs a reliable screwdriver set on hand. These tools are vital for everything from quick repairs to large-scale manufacturing jobs—so it’s essential to ensure your kit is reliable, high-quality, and suited for your specific application. You can luckily pick one up from any A-grade supplier like RS Components.
This article will discuss some common screwdriver types and their uses, helping you make the right choice for your business.
Common screwdriver types and their uses
Depending on your industry and application, you’ll need the right screwdriver set for the job. Along with the standard flathead and Phillips screwdrivers found in Aussie homes, a few other types are designed for commercial and industrial use.
Now, let’s dive into some common types and highlight how you might use them.
The flathead or slotted screwdriver is the most popular screwdriver type and a solid addition to any toolbox, although its popularity is waning. The tool’s flat, wedge-shaped tip allows for loosening and tightening screws with a straight ‘line’ or notch through their heads.
Flathead screwdrivers are incredibly versatile and can serve many applications, from simple carpentry work to basic appliance repair. However, since these tools offer minimal torque and do not self-centre, Phillips-head or other screw types are better for more heavy-duty uses.
Phillips screwdrivers feature a cross-shaped blade. They’re the second most common screwdriver type found in households and workplaces across Australia and the world.
As you’d expect, Phillips screwdrivers fit Phillips-head screws with a cross-shaped recess. They can handle more torque than a standard flathead screwdriver.
Hex screwdrivers serve the same purpose as a similar tool—the Allen key. You might need this type of screwdriver for applications such as:
- Furniture assembly
- Bicycle assembly
- Automobile manufacturing
- Defence manufacturing (submarines, tanks, aircraft)
Torx or star screwdrivers have a six-pointed tip designed for fitting star-shaped screwheads. These tools allow for even more torque than Phillips screwdrivers, making them great for industrial applications like mechanical production.
The Pozidriv is a new and improved version of the traditional Phillips screwdriver. These innovative tools feature precision-formed tips for a secure fit, reducing the risk of cam-out, which occurs when a screwdriver slips out of the screw head when applying high levels of torque.
While Phillips is still the screwdriver of choice for the manufacturing industry, the Pozidriv is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its self-centring and anti-cam-out functionalities.
Choosing the right set for your needs
Now you understand the different screwdriver types available; it’s time to choose a set. Many screwdriver manufacturers make this choice easy by creating sets for specific industries, such as precision sets for electronic work or Torx sets for engineers.
Alternatively, you can choose a set with a mix of screwdriver types for versatility.
Why your choice matters
You might be wondering if investing in a basic screwdriver kit is enough. This might be the case for daily household use, but for industrial applications requiring greater torque and control, specialised tools are a must.
You’ll also need to have the right type of screwdriver for the bolts and screws you’re working with. For example, attempting to use a flathead screwdriver with a Phillips-head screw can cause damage or even pose a safety hazard—so be smart about your choice.