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T5 screws what are the difference between these two
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I use ones that look like the one on the right. Even the same finish. I think they were "TEKS" brand, but I bought a large quantity a long time ago. On mild steel you could drill/tap several holes with the same screw.

The one on the left looks.........cheesy somehow. Is it any good?
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The difference? About $.15 each. And amazingly, the ones on the left actually work quite well. I was surprised the first time I used them. In some steel they actually work better than the cut ones.

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What brand?
Here's a pro tip, if you drill and remove the #12 Tek-5's, you can redrill and tap it with a 1/4" x 20 combo drill-tap super easy, and you'll get several holes per Tek-5.
I just buy the 1/4" Teks and be done with it. The screws are worth about 30seconds of my time at the rate I charge, I can only play around with them so long.
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