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Old 06-29-2009, 11:26 PM   #1
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does anyone know where i can either order or purchase #3 and #2 Original Robertson screwdrivers in central ON. ive been to hudco, nepsco, HD, rona, and Home hardware. my journeyman says they last forever, he has had his since 1966.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:03 AM   #2
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does anyone know where i can either order or purchase #3 and #2 Original Robertson screwdrivers in central ON. ive been to hudco, nepsco, HD, rona, and Home hardware. my journeyman says they last forever, he has had his since 1966.

Original? Hmm I would Guess Brafasco
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McMaster Carr, google their web addy.
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doesnt rack a tiers sell the original screwdrivers?

http://rack-a-tiers.com/prodCat08.htm
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doesnt rack a tiers sell the original screwdrivers?
Yes. Right here: http://rack-a-tiers.com/prodCat08.htm
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I find the IDEAL robertson screwdrivers are the best..since Klein cheaped out and changed their design. The older Klein robertson screwdrivers lasted for years. I still use the same one I bought 10 years ago. I have a few IDEAL ones i use at home.

The "original" robertson screwdrivers I have seen as of late are made over seas.
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So what's the deal with the Robertson drivers? Are they just square drives? Is a #2 Robertson like a #2 square that fits breakers and such?
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So what's the deal with the Robertson drivers? Are they just square drives? Is a #2 Robertson like a #2 square that fits breakers and such?

In a word, YES. I just use the little tips in a magnetic screwdriver or a Klein multi tip (10-1/11-1) for square drives.
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does anyone know where i can either order or purchase #3 and #2 Original Robertson screwdrivers in central ON. ive been to hudco, nepsco, HD, rona, and Home hardware. my journeyman says they last forever, he has had his since 1966.
FWIW, here is one opinion.

The reason they have lasted 43 years probably has at least
as much to do with the guy using the tool as the tool itself.

I prefer Robertson/Square bits to any other type (e.g. I only
buy packages of ground screws that accommodate a square bit).

The best thing about Robertson/Square bits is that they
tend not to slip. If you don't apply enough pressure, the
bit is going to slip once in a while, and it is going to get
worn, whether it's manufactured by Klein, Ideal, "Original
Robertson" or whomever.

My Klein square bits wear out after several months, so I
will check out "Original Robertson" bits and hope they
wear better.

IMO, this is at least partially a case of it's more important
to use the tool properly, than just the tool itself.

IMO, there is no "magic" tool that works so well you don't
have to worry about it wearing out -- all tools will wear out,
especially if one is not careful.

HTH.
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OMG If your gonna keep calling ours square ..Then we're gonna go back to calling yours star.

LOL Even though it's the old "Flat head" that drives me nuts..
Flat head screws have flat heads.. they can be Phillips, Robertson, Slot, or even Torx ..

Grrrr.. BTW I think it's the guys that make the screws that kill our drivers.
not the drivers them selfs . Ever noticed the screws made overseas have rectangular squares?

Of course for those that still buy their drivers from the dollar store, who knows?
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The best thing about Robertson/Square bits is that they tend not to slip. If you don't apply enough pressure, the
bit is going to slip once in a while, and it is going to get
worn, whether it's manufactured by Klein, Ideal, "Original
Robertson" or whomever.
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Grrrr.. BTW I think it's the guys that make the screws that kill our drivers.
not the drivers them selfs . Ever noticed the screws made overseas have rectangular squares?
Both of these comments combine to say why some guys will swear by a brand of tool that other guys say suck. You can have the best screwdriver ever made, but if you put it into a crappy screw, that causes the tool to slip, it will wear faster. You can also use a poor #2 screwdriver that is not built to tolerance, if you use a crappy #2 screw that happens to "match" that tolerance, it will actually last longer than a better designed screwdriver.
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FWIW, here is one opinion.

The reason they have lasted 43 years probably has at least
as much to do with the guy using the tool as the tool itself.

I prefer Robertson/Square bits to any other type (e.g. I only
buy packages of ground screws that accommodate a square bit).

The best thing about Robertson/Square bits is that they
tend not to slip. If you don't apply enough pressure, the
bit is going to slip once in a while, and it is going to get
worn, whether it's manufactured by Klein, Ideal, "Original
Robertson" or whomever.

My Klein square bits wear out after several months, so I
will check out "Original Robertson" bits and hope they
wear better.

IMO, this is at least partially a case of it's more important
to use the tool properly, than just the tool itself.

IMO, there is no "magic" tool that works so well you don't
have to worry about it wearing out -- all tools will wear out,
especially if one is not careful.

HTH.
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Yea, the robertson screws you buy at HD SUCK. I like robertson screws because you can smack the screw onto the screwdriver with a pair of pliers and it won't go anywhere! Unlike phillips screws lol (I seriously don't know HOW anyone puts up with them) But the HD brand screws flop around and end up stripping your drivers lol.
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FWIW, here is one opinion.

The reason they have lasted 43 years probably has at least
as much to do with the guy using the tool as the tool itself.

I prefer Robertson/Square bits to any other type (e.g. I only
buy packages of ground screws that accommodate a square bit).

The best thing about Robertson/Square bits is that they
tend not to slip. If you don't apply enough pressure, the
bit is going to slip once in a while, and it is going to get
worn, whether it's manufactured by Klein, Ideal, "Original
Robertson" or whomever.

My Klein square bits wear out after several months, so I
will check out "Original Robertson" bits and hope they
wear better.

IMO, this is at least partially a case of it's more important
to use the tool properly, than just the tool itself.

IMO, there is no "magic" tool that works so well you don't
have to worry about it wearing out -- all tools will wear out,
especially if one is not careful.

HTH.


I agree, I still have some of the tools I started out with moons ago. I have lost more tools to theft than wear.
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