The use of Phillip Flat Tek Screws and other types of screws has become very popular over the recent past. However, one of the problems that many people find themselves in is not having an idea of how to choose the right screws for a particular application. One of the most important variables to consider […]

The use of Phillip Flat Tek Screws and other types of screws has become very popular over the recent past. However, one of the problems that many people find themselves in is not having an idea of how to choose the right screws for a particular application. One of the most important variables to consider in such instances is the nature of the screw head. However, the fact that there are so many different types to choose from means that some people can become overwhelmed by the variety. However, knowing about some of the popular screw head types is not all that difficult, and it will make it easier for anyone to pick the right ones for their applications. Some of these include:


The Phillips screw
The term “Phillips screw” is used to denote a certain screw head type, which is designed in the form of a cross. This is one of the most popular screw head types in the world, and is used in a wide variety of applications. The most common of these is the number 2 screw. One of the advantages of using this type of screw for fastening is the fact that it will be very cost effective, and that it will not be very complicated to undo the screws later on.
The tamper resistant Phillips screw
This is a modified Phillips screw, in that it has a pin in the middle of the head. This is designed to be brittle, such that it breaks off when unnecessary force is applied onto the screw such as when trying to force it open. This makes it ideal for use in doing fastening with an element of security to it.
The slotted screw
This type of screw head is designed with a slot, so that you only need an item with a flat edge to put it in place or to unscrew it. The fact that it’s very popular means that it’s very cheap. However, one major disadvantage of the slotted screw is the fact that the screwdriver can slip out of the slot many times, leading to damage to the edges of the slot. This means that subsequent efforts to unscrew it may be impossible to achieve.
Square recess screws
square recess screws
These types of screw heads are designed to have a square shaped recess on them. This means that in order to screw or unscrew them, you would need a tool with a square shaped projection. One of the benefits of this type of screw head is the fact that it’s very unlikely to get damaged due to regular screwing and unscrewing. This makes them more cost effective than other types of screws.
These are just some of the types of screw head types you can get in the market today. Each has its own benefits and disadvantages, and it’s important to know them in order to ensure that you buy the ones that will serve you best. If you are having a hard time making a decision on which ones to use, you can always consult the firm you buy the fasteners from.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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