screwdrivers for Chinese philips style screws

Scott Meggison

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Looking for recommendations for Philips screwdrivers for Chinese screws. I repair and restore vintage stereo gear. A lot of the small screw seem to have a different style of Philips head.  The  #1 philips driver has too long of a point. It bottoms out before getting deep enough to seat properly. The #2 is too large. I have one that I have ground the tip to fit better, but it still isn't a great fit. Wondering if there is a "Correct" driver for this. 

Any help is appreciated

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There is some generalization of what makes a cross head screw a "Phillips".  The JIS (Japanese Industry Standard) head, for one example, has a much narrower point that our western Phillips screw pattern.


There are certainly other variations; Frearson, Mortorq, etc..  For the work you describe I would just grind the tip off one of my pointy #1's.  There are inexpensive sets of small screwdrivers.  Many come with more tips than you would know what to do with.  Perhaps one of these sets would cover you?

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Here is where I'm coming from- I used to do gunsmith work as a hobby. It was critical for screwdrivers to be purchased and/or ground to exactly fit the screw. This was to keep the screwdriver from jumping out of the screw head and messing up the slot. I have a drawer full of Harbor Freight freebie screwdrivers. I can grind or file them as needed. Looking to make small turning tools out of them like a parting tool or for grooving wood. I'm not sure where you would find the specific screwdrivers you need. Good luck.

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