Good Phillips Screw Bits

A few weeks ago I was working on a project with my cordless drill, screwing some two inch screws into a few two by fours.  The screw tip fractured and was immediately rendered useless.

“No problem” I thought as I remembered that several years ago my dad got me this Dewalt kit containing a wide variety of screw bits.

Well, it was a problem.  See the bottom tip in the picture.  That was the new tip after only five screws.  It is made of soft steel.  At this point I was even more heartbroken, because the first tip had been one that I’ve been using for about five years without trouble and I had no idea where it was from.

So, I’m in search of a few good phillips head screw bits.  If anyone has advice from their own experience I’d love to hear it.  In talking with my uncle about the situation, he recommended getting the tips that are always at the checkout counter at the lumber yard.  His rationale: they must be good quality because the contractors that are repeat customers buy them all the time, otherwise that bucket wouldn’t be sitting in such a prominent location.  And would the clerks put up with the constant complaining (as I realize I’m now doing) if the tips were poor quality? No.  They would move the bucket somewhere else.  Seems logical to me!

Thanks, Robert.

5 responses to “Good Phillips Screw Bits

  1. Sorry, no help here. I usually have to bring whatever I messed up to the hardware store and ask one of the employees, “Help!” 🙂

  2. I would agree with your uncle’s logic too. But, I’ve broken down and just buy the multi-pack tips. There’s like 50 or some number in there all the same size. Then when the tip is chewed up, which happens pretty frequently, you just quick-change to a new one. Hardened steel’s gone to pot these days….

    • Robert @ hisandhershomesteading

      Thanks for the comment Walt. I just may end up going in that direction.


  3. Brad Gold

    Honestly, I prefer to use Black and Decker tips. I’ve got a set I’ve been using for probably 10 years now? Plus, they’ve got a helluva nice multi-set that you can get at Walmart with a TON of tips in it plus spots for screws, etc in a nice carry case.

  4. I do a lot of maintenance work on rental homes and trailors, as well as some remodeling and structure building (chicken coops, decks ect) and I realised some time ago that philips bits and screws just plain suck. I switched to torx (star) screws and bits and havent been happier.

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