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Tamper Proof Torx Plus

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bob Clayton, Apr 3, 2006.


  1. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    Does anyone know where I can get these bits?

    I've tried every hardware store in my area, and nothing.

    They are 5 Pointed Bits that have a divot in the center.
     
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    We use them where I work. How many you need? I'll send you some.

    -Mike
     
  3. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    you sure they are the right ones? the bit looks like this.

    [​IMG]

    I am not sure what size I need. It's just a regular size screw that I need to get out, less than half an inch in diameter.

    If you'd really be willing to send me some, let me know and I'll cover the cost of shipping.
     
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I'll see what I have, and get back to you tomorrow sometime.

    -Mike
     
  5. Those are somewhat popular in the automotive field. Give a parts store a shot.

    They have a numbering system for the sizes that is kine of unique. T-20 or something to that effect.
     
  6. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    really?

    next time i'm home i'll check out a pep boys and autozone
     
  7. they are used quite a bit in automotive, as well as standard torx, which does not have the divot in the bit. T15 is a very common size, as is T12 and T10. we use T8 quite a bit, but that's for internal electronics.

    robb.
     
  8. try napa. if you see a snap-on or mac truck in your area they have them.
     
  9. Security torx are available at Canadian Tire stores... a lotta good that does you, eh?


    I'm pretty sure that Sears carries them too.
     
  10. havik180

    havik180

    Oct 9, 2005
    SF bay area
    Mac, snap on , matco will have those for sure but at a much higher price . Have you tried Sears or maybe OSH ?
     
  11. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    I've tried:

    Sears
    Radio Shack
    Home Depot
    Lowes
    Pep Boys

    all with no luck
     
  12. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Unless you're working with something extremely delicate, I've found you can often flatten the nipple in the center of the screw with a small punch and then use a normal torx bit to remove the screw.
     
  13. Taken out of context that statement is very disturbing.:D

    Rock on
    Eric
     
  14. i'm surprised you couldn't find either. i found them at both the sears and the autozone in tiny, little meridian, MS when i lived them. did you ask an employee for help? that's kind of a crapshoot.

    i wouldn't expect to find any useful tools at lowe's or home despot. i have a local store that carries everything useful and very little "trading spaces" toys.

    robb.
     
  15. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I could not find any at work. It looks like all of our techs have them right now.

    Do you have a Graybar near you? That is where we buy ours.

    -Mike
     
  16. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    it appears that the tamper proof torx with a 6 pointed star is very common, and cheap.

    i found the one i need on ebay... it's 80 bucks for a set of like 5...

    so i'm assuming any store will be about the same price.
     
  17. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    What size are you looking for, Clay?
     
  18. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton valar morghulis Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    i'm not sure... why?

    do you have any?
     
  19. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Oakland, CA
    *Clarification after realizing what you meant*
    Man, those are expensive! :eek:
     

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