Why do we have flat-head screws as well as philips head screws?

Philips screws are much better than flathead ones. So why do we still use them?


Plus, having only one type of screwdriver would be better surely.

Update 2:

I know that there are extra screw heads, security screws etc. But they serve a useful purpose.

13 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    In defense of the flat-head, here are two benefits:

    It is easy to find a screwdriver for them. Most of the time, a flat-head screwdriver that is too small will still do the trick. This is not true of most of the other designs. In a pinch, a dime will also work.

    They are often considered to be more aesthetically pleasing in applications where the screw head will be on display. That is why many screws for fine hinges and hardware are still flat-head.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It depends on the application, as the phillips head provides more torque then the flat head. If you were to run screws into a hardwood use phillips head and if you are working with a soft wood use flathead screws. Or you can do like I do and use phillips for everything.

  • Bilbo
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Traditional screws were always slotted. Philips and Pozidriv are modern inventions which are supposed to be more efficient and are more suited to machine-driven screws, with the pitch usually optimised for holding in man-made boards. They look terrible on traditional cabinet fittings so the best work is still carried out using slotted screws.

  • rothi
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    a number of issues to attempt or do, certainly one of which revolves around how maximum of the screw is protruding...i've got stripped some screws in my day, and function helped others with their stripped screws. IF the screw is protruding a 0.5-inch or so, you may take an electric powered (or battery-pushed) drill and open the jaws of the chuck huge adequate to slip down over the screw, then tighten the chuck's jaws firmly around the screw head; then positioned the drill in opposite and s-l-o-w-l-y squeeze the set off to back-out the screw. yet an selection selection is an E-Z Out: that is a 2-step technique...1st step is to drill a hollow into the screw head appropriate for the dimensions of the screw AND of the EZ Out (EZ Outs many times are available a set with 3 or 4 diverse sizes), then insert the EZ OUT bit into the drill, positioned the drill into 'opposite' and slowly squeeze the set off...the EZ OUT has 'opposite threads' on it that chew into the screw head and its shank. the bigger the screw, the greater convenient this technique is. And, as others have reported, try utilising a ViseGrip pliers to fasten onto the screw head and twist the screw out. If the table is wood, and the screw is in each and each of ways, you will ought to dig around the screw head, scooping out adequate wood to allow the ViseGrips to get a good carry of the screw. there is likewise yet-yet another extraction gadget attainable: it appears that evidently in basic terms like a Phillips screwdriver, whether that is factors are a splash diverse: that is hardened 'gadget-steel' and you're taking a hammer and gently pound the top of it into the place the recess became on your caught screw; its steel is problematic adequate to decrease into the screw's head so as which you would be able to back the screw out. that is form of a distinctiveness merchandise, possibly no longer attainable in any respect shops...try a WoodWorker-style keep or pass online in case you may no longer discover it everywhere else. whilst all is declared and achieved, it rather is why you drill a 'pilot hollow' into wood earlier you initiate putting in the screws. good success.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You guys have got it a little backwards.

    Philips are designed for speed and ease of use. However, they were intended to cam-out when to much torque is applied.

    Standard screws can handle higher torque, but it is hard to keep the screwdriver on.

    Hex or Torx screws are both good compromises between speed and torque, however they tend to round off in spite of having hardened heads. Torx are much harder to round off, but they are not as common. Hex wrenches constantly round off.

    Probably the best screw design is the square drive or Robertson screw. It can not slip or round off. It is good for production since the bit does not fall off. The only problem is the lack of screwdrivers out there. You have to use a screwdriver with a removable tip.

  • 1 decade ago

    The first screws made were slot type.

    The screwdriver has a better grip in a Phillips and Pozi screw but if the screw can been seen, a slot screw is more pleaseing on the eye.

    Have you noticed on door handles, they tend to be held on with slotted screws. Swap these for Phillips and it looks odd.

  • james
    Lv 4
    4 years ago


  • Anonymous
    4 years ago


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  • 1 decade ago

    truely, it must be that the screw manufacturing industry is sadistic.

    Ive wnated the flat-head banned for years.

    Dont really know but Im guessing that when they were first manufactured, its just easier to cut a single groove and easier for manufr'ing the flat driver vs the phillips.

    Please, oh God of the Construction tools, Please give the Flat head the deep six!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    You have only touched the surface with slotted and phillips head scews. There are also square drive (my favorite) as well as torx screws.

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