The Torx wrench set for me


#1

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#2

Now they’re making “security” Torx screws - which are just regular Torx screws with a little peg in the middle, so the driver has to have a little hole drilled or stamped out of the middle. For security, you know.


#3

I am sorry I was unclear and I added an extra sentence to the review! These ARE dimpled for security screws. The ones on my car for holding the personalized plates use them.

Thanks!


#4

Anyone else still have some of these wrenches left over from working on Compaq servers?


#5

I always thought Torx screws were a giant conspiracy to piss off people who had just acquired a huge set of Allen keys and felt they could relax.

Rather than the individual keys, I bought a grand set of drill bits that include both regular Allen and Torx - although the security dimple is just the latest salvo in the ever-escalating tool wars!


#6

I am glad I am not the only one who didn’t just magically have a set of Torx wrenches waiting to put put into use come mid 1990s. It took me decades to admit this was part of the tools I had to have around. Not just a flat head screwdriver, a hammer and some duck tape.


#7

There is a bit of that. Torx are a really excellent design. If I had to choose just one it would be Torx over Allen. Of course, we have both. The backwards compatibility of the security-compatible keys is nice. Not big dollars anyway.

Also not sure why you’d have a “huge” set of allen keys. But I guess it adds up. Electric driver bits, free-standing L-shaped set, molded plastic handled set, fold-out set. All by metric and imperial (I think - are there imperial allen key sizes? I’ve only ever used metric. Edit: Yes there are! Surely useful for US, Myanmarese and Liberian engineering).


#8

I have fold out sets of imperial and metric on the Triumph. Naturally it is they who mix them.


#9

Ahh yes, the good old brits. Can’t ever quite decide if they’re metric or imperial.


#10

The wife likes IKEA - so naturally I have about 4 million randomly sized L-wrenches laying around. Like burning a book, I feel funny about throwing any of them away.


#11

Size Skjollamar


#12

I’m ashamed to admit that I relate a little too closely to this guy


#13

I see Ikea as more the great metal band name generator.


#14

With this little $12 kit and a bit-holder screwdriver you can unscrew anything but a pregnant woman: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O5XDOG


#15

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for The Skarsgård Ümlaüts!


#16

I’ve never seen security torx screws on anything other than public bathroom stalls, or kids’ playground equipment. Interesting to see that they’re actually starting to be used elsewhere, as well.


#17

Try to steal a street sign.


#18

I haven’t done that since the 90’s. Back then, they were all simple hex bolts. If I want a street sign now, I just get my brother in law to make me one (he works for the city’s works department). Much less hassle, and I can get one that says “Butt St” if I want.


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#20

No T1 through T5? Pass.