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5 Common Screwdrivers

Phillips Screwdriver and ScrewIf you’re new to DIY or you’re about to become an apprentice or start a new job that might involve the use of hand tools, you could feel overwhelmed by the huge choice of screwdrivers available. Most types of screwdrivers come in a range of sizes and lengths and the handles are made from different materials for comfort and grip and to suit varying budgets. Here are 5 of the most common screwdrivers:


  1. Flat Head Screwdriver/Slotted Screwdriver
    One of the oldest types of screwdriver. A simple, multipurpose screwdriver for slotted screws. It is widely used for DIY around the home.
  1. Phillips Screwdriver/Cross-head Screwdriver
    A pointed tip, cross-shaped screwdriver. The head provides better grip or traction than a flat head screwdriver.
  1. Pozidriv Screwdriver
    A Phillips cross with another cross over-layed and offset by 45 degrees. It has better resistance to slipping and provides more stability than a Phillips screwdriver.  Very common in the UK.
  1. Hex Screwdriver/Hex Key/Allen Key
    A 6-sided screwdriver that reduces the chance of slipping. It drives nuts, bolts and screws. It’s very commonly used for flat-pack furniture of varying sizes.
  1. Torx Screwdriver/Star Screwdriver
    A star-shaped tip. It’s often used by automotive engineers and for computers and technology. It’s not often found in the home.

There are many more kinds of screwdrivers available for DIY tool kits and more professional and specialist uses e.g. insulated screwdrivers, magnetic screwdrivers, square screwdrivers and more, but if you’re looking for a starting point, you are likely to have found the above information useful. 


Secure Tools has an extensive range of screwdrivers that can be viewed online and in their store in Bradford. Brands supplied include: Bahco, Roughneck, Irwin, Gedore, Unior, Stanley, Faithfull, and EGA Master. If you have a request for a specialist screwdriver, please contact the Secure Tools team: Tel: 0044 (0) 1274 308961


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