I always avoided buying screwdriver sets or tool sets that included Pozidriv screwdrivers or bits. If there were two options, one with and one without, I went with the Posidriv-excluded option.
It’s because I very rarely came across Pozidriv screws. And when I did, Phillips drivers worked, albeit with some camming-out and fastener head damage. But that happens sometimes when Phillips screwdrivers or bits are used on Phillips fasteners.
A few months ago, I started putting together more IKEA furniture. A dresser for my kids, here, small kids bookcase there, a night stand for my wife, under-desk drawer unit, and some wall cabinets.
I remember reading something about IKEA screws mostly being Pozidriv. Yep, the screw heads all have those “I’m a Pozidriv fastener” markings. It’s something I probably knew previously, but I got along with Phillips just fine, well, reasonably fine.
But since then, I’ve kept a Wera Pozidriv screwdriver in a kitchen cabinet, and it comes out whenever new IKEA furniture is being assembled. It was included in a Wera 2016 advent calendar I purchased last year.
I have also put a few previously neglected Pozidriv bits to use.
Let me tell you – they work beautifully well. I rarely damage a fastener head, and everything goes together a little quicker and a little smoother.
I prefer hex socket fasteners for machine screws, and Torx-head or Robertson (square) fasteners for wood screws. Phillips fasteners are still ubiquitous, and in some cases unavoidable. Small self-tapping screws, for instance, are more widely available with Phillips heads.
But, by golly, I didn’t realize Pozidriv was so good.
Lots of people complain about Phillips-head screws and screwdrivers, wishing for something better. In my experience these past few months, I’ve learned that Pozidriv is in fact way, waaaaay better.
Long story short, I’ve been loving my Wera Kraftform Pozidriv #2 screwdriver, with its comfortable handle grip and laser-grooved LaserTip tip.
Lesser screwdrivers might still do a capable job. But when assembling IKEA anything, you’re not dealing with a few screws, you’re working with lots of them. And if you have a few items, you could be talking about dozens of screws. At least.
You can use power tools, but only if you do a lot of trial and error with the adjustable clutch. I learned that the hard way a few years ago, when I unintentionally over-drive a few screws with a Black & Decker 3.6V screwdriver.
So there’s my recommendation for a good IKEA furniture-assembling screwdriver. Other “essential IKEA tool recommendations” will come another time.
Update: Here’s a Pozidriv screw head. The radial lines are markings that help to differentiate a Pozidriv screw from a Phillips screw.