Screwdriver recommendations?

BNSF FAN Feb 20, 2021

  1. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    Hi all, what screwdrivers do you all user for those tiny M?T flat head screws for body mounts and the ones for the Atlas Phillip head body mounts? The ones that came in my sub par below average jewelers screw driver sets are slightly larger than what is needed. After doing 3 loco couple upgrades today, I realize I have to find something better. Help!
     
  2. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Usually 00 Philips for those little dinky ones (sometimes 000), 1.2mm flat blade for the M/Ts.

    I bought myself a nice combo pack of Wiha screwdriver bits with handles, not just Philips and blade, but Torxx hex, stars and others. Expensive, and if you aren't doing a lot miniature work, just purchase the smaller sets of those you need, but love this one:
    https://smile.amazon.com/Wiha-75971...ha+screwdriver+bit+set&qid=1613855137&sr=8-41
     
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  3. Sepp K

    Sepp K TrainBoard Member

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    I have owned a Wiha 26100, a Philips 00 screwdriver, and love it to the extent of being ready to replace it with an identical piece. Unfortunately I've never found a straight screwdriver that did as well. That may just be the advantage of cross-point design.
     
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  4. John Moore

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    BB14ADDF-6222-4947-892E-327C661EB267.jpeg I got this one at ace hardware for 4/5dollars works perfectly
     
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  7. Run8Racing

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    I use a Craftsman set #94107. Never been stumped in over 20 yrs. Another option is vodka and orange juice !!! (y)
     
  8. ajkochev

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    I got some good ones for small screws that were included in a iphone screen replacement kit.
     
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  12. Onizukachan

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    I bought a mini set at Walmart for $5-10 bucks a long time ago when I needed to take apart the Nav drive in my old wagon. When stuff is tiny it is still my go to.
     
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  13. mtntrainman

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    My tiny '+' screwdrivers would probably last longer if I would stop using them as a 'center punch'.....o_O:whistle:
     
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  14. Keith

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    That’s what I thought was meant!! :LOL:
    Something with a high alcohol content!!
    Have days where that would make me feel a lot better!
    Wouldn’t care how much I hurt!t

    Have a couple sets, that work pretty good, on the MT
    mounting screws. One set, also has Phillips heads almost
    perfect for tightening the earpiece mounting screw on my glasses
    about every 4 days!! Don’t know names, and knees hurting bad
    enough right now, that I’m NOT gonna get up and look!
    Gonna stay in bed, with heating pad across knees, hoping it’ll help
    But, it won’t! Not until the cold weather starts clearing out, and pressures
    start going back UP. Drs say it’s all in ones head. Got news for them, no it isn’t!!
    It’s in the feet, knees, hips, back and other joints!!
     
  15. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have a small drawer of assorted screwdrivers on my work bench. Various sources and makers. The one I seem to use the most I bought from Radio Shack, (Archer), many long years ago. It has a #0 and #1 Phillips, and those seem to get the most workout of all such I own.
     
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  16. BigJake

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    My son got me a KleinTools #32717 Precision Screwdriver Set for Christmas.

    It has straight blades down to 1mm, Phillips tips down to 000, and lots of tamper-resistant fastener bits in a case with labels for each of the 39 bits. The shank is reversible for standard or long extension, and the rubberized handle has a swivel finger/palm rest on the butt end. The bits have longish 3.5mm hex shanks that work fine just using your fingers for lite work.

    Home Depot stocks it in their store nearest me (currently $30, and worth every penny!)

    I've used cheap sets in the past that have broken, bent and mangled tips, and a Chapman gunsmithing screwdriver set that is awesome for that stuff, but this set is the cat's meow for small hardware and electronics!

    -- Andy - Arlington TX
     
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  17. DFW Bill

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    Wiha is made in Germany, I have about 30, high quality, don’t break, precision, but not cheap.

    As with most things, you get what you pay for.
     
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