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Sourcing Torx head screws - ACCU in UK

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Created by Peter Hands 6 months ago, 18 Dec 2018
Peter Hands
VIC, 59 posts
18 Dec 2018 6:30PM
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I wanted some spare marine stainless torx screws, to cover any losses or deterioration of my Starboard windsurfing foil set - and swap out my Naish phillips head screws for SUP foil, as torx are way better system - couldn't see any Aust suppliers, but ACCU in UK had everything and mailed it out www.accu.co.uk - maybe someone can also suggest Aust sourcing ...

stevet73
NSW, 137 posts
18 Dec 2018 8:45PM
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Great to know peter. Thanks for posting. I could only manage to find one suitable length (plate to track) in torx screws. Had to leave the rest as original...the usual 3 different sized Allen keys. So much tech involved, one would think they could get a universal screw head size in torx....or has a company done this now?

colas
3195 posts
19 Dec 2018 3:02PM
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Note that it is very easy to shorten bolts.
screw in a nut, cut with a disc on your drill, unscrew the nut to shape back the threads, done in seconds.

stevet73
NSW, 137 posts
19 Dec 2018 8:13PM
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Great tip colas. Still seems to be a struggle finding right size torx when they use 3 different width screws though....but I'm sure this will all change as things progress....

Gorgo
VIC, 4190 posts
20 Dec 2018 2:19PM
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You can buy Torx screws from ebay. Restrict the search to Australia and you get a QLD based shop. They give excellent service. You can return stuff and get refunds or exchanges.

The Torx screws are mostly 304 stainless, which is fine for most uses. You have to go OS or to hex heads if you want 316 stainless.

I use a Bondhus ball head t-bar to fit and remove hex screws. I nip them tight with with a ratchet driver with a Wera fluted stainless steel bit. The t-handle is fast and the torque driver doesn't slip. There's hardly any wear.

The phillips screws on my footstraps are crap. They can only take 3-4 screwings before the head is munched. I've ordered some Torx self tappers and a Wera bit to see if they last longer.

Wera stainless steel buts and drivers can be had from au.rs-online.com/web/ . Cheap prices, free postage. They look to be based in NSW.

Gorgo
VIC, 4190 posts
20 Dec 2018 9:14PM
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These are the people www.ebay.com.au/usr/fastenersgalore1?ul_noapp=true

Mwstard
55 posts
21 Dec 2018 5:31PM
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These guys are handy for UK folk as well www.ratseysyachtrigging.co.uk/countersunk-allenhead-bolt-2



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