Screwdriver Types Everyone Should Have in Their Toolbox

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the start of the new year have died down a bit, it’s time to step back and assess. And, of course, we’re talking about your tool collection. Over the holidays, friends and family love to give gifts, but they want to give you the “fun” or “interesting” ones. Not that we’re complaining. But you need to make sure that you have the essentials as well. And what’s more essential to your toolbox than screwdrivers? And what better place to get tools in NH than Aubin Ace Hardware?


These are the screwdrivers that you need to add to your toolbox when you go shopping for tools in NH.


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The Basics

Let’s start with the basics. No toolbox is complete without the most common types of screwdrivers: flathead and Phillps head. But you can’t just get by with one of each! Both come in several sizes so that you can tackle any screw that you encounter in the course of your DIY projects. Phillips, in particular, is the most common screw head in the US, so you want to have a decent set of screwdrivers in various sizes.


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Specialty Shapes

Although you’ll encounter Phillips and flatheads most often, there are other screw heads that you might run into, especially when it comes to appliances. Increasingly, manufacturers are using star-shaped screws (the trademarked name is Torx) on things like HVAC components and household appliances. If you prefer to fix those things yourself, you’ll need a set of screwdrivers that can handle those star-shaped screws.

The other screw head shape you might run into is hex. For those, you’ll need a set of Allen wrenches. If you’ve ever had to assemble flat-pack furniture or put up some brackets, you know the importance of having the right size Allen wrench. Your best bet is to buy them as a set, with both SAE and metric sizes.


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Helpful Handles

Have you ever needed to get at a screw in a tight spot? The solution is an offset screwdriver. If you’ve never seen one before, it looks like a double-ended Allen wrench, but with a flathead driver on one end and a Phillips head on the other. The shape allows you to work in tight places while still getting enough leverage and torque.

If you don’t have the space for several screwdrivers, a multi-driver or ratcheting driver is the solution. With these handy tools, you can switch out the bits, so it’s like having several screwdrivers, but all in one tool!


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