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Your Guide to the Different Types of Screwdriver Heads: Which is Best for Your Project?


Do you enjoy making repairs around the house? If so, then you understand the importance of having the right tools for the job.

When it comes to working with screwdrivers, not every task requires the same type of screwdriver head.

If you aren’t familiar with the different types of screwdriver heads, you’ve come to the right place for help. 

This article takes a look at the various screwdriver types and what each is typically used for regardless of brand; from Savage Screwdrivers to Milwaukee Screwdrivers.

Keep reading to get the inside scoop so that you can fill your toolbox with the tools you’ll need to get any task done as quickly and efficiently as possible.


This is the most common type of screwdriver you’re likely familiar with. The flat or slotted screwdriver head is flat so that it can fit a slotted screw head.

A flathead screwdriver is common in construction and industrial job sites.

When using this type of screwdriver, it’s important to match the size of the head to the width and depth of the slot on the screw head.

This type of head can also be used to pry off paint lids or install plate covers on light switches and electrical outlets. It’s good to keep several sizes on hand so that you’ll be prepared to handle a variety of tasks.


This type of screwdriver is easily identifiable by the flared head. This is another head that’s commonly used in construction and woodworking.

Phillips head screwdrivers range in size from 0000 to size 4.

Again, it’s important to match the size of the screwdriver to the size of the screw you’re working with.

Hex Key


This type of screwdriver head is commonly found in different types of household hardware, including faucet handles, doorknobs, towel bars, and mechanical installations.

When looking for a hex key set, you’d be wise to choose a set that features a single driver with nine interchangeable bits, ranging in size from 0.050″ up to 3/16″.

Hex keys screwdrivers include Allen-type heads and L or T-shaped heads.

Most Allens bits are also available for both manual screwdrivers, ratcheting screwdrivers, and power drills.


robertson-square-screwdriver-head picture 

This type of screwdriver head is designed to reduce slippage. Also called a “square recess screw”, Robertson head screwdrivers range in size from 1/16″ to 3/16″.

They are commonly used in remodeling and construction projects and are also great for the installation of subflooring.



This type of screwdriver head has become increasingly popular with builders in recent years due to the 6-point star design because it helps resist slippage.

Torx screws are popular for finish work, structural framing, and even for use as wood-to-concrete fasteners.

A Guide to the Types of Screwdriver Heads You Need In Your Toolbox

When it comes to home improvement projects or simply making small repairs around the house, there’s nothing more important than being prepared for any situation.

Fortunately, this guide to the common types of screwdriver heads will help you find the tools you need for every task.

Keep reading to discover more useful home improvement tips and advice on our blog.

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