My team has been thinking of switching to the “new” star (torx) screws. Our only downfalls are that there are not yet performance tool kits for them yet. We will probable just order a dozen from McMaster.
I am glad vex is making this switch.
The hassle I see with it is at competitions. We will have to ask what size AND type and maybe carry around double the tools just in case an alliance has a different type.
Given that it is harder to strip and more durable, ultimately making the switch will be worth it, especially if VEX is going to phase out the hexagonal screws in the future.
The only concern now we have is the transition process. As with most changes, it is going to be inconvenient. But if teams are willing to give up a bit of convenience for a better experience in the future, I would say it will be worth it.
Once the screws are available for order, my teams will start buying them.
We ordered torx screws back in skyrise. They are really nice since they rarely strip, but ever since we’e used a mix of both the steel hexagonal screws for higher stress areas and torx for areas that need quick disassembly. More tools seem like a pain, but they’re really not too hard to deal with. On a side note, in an emergency, I also found that the allen keys work in the torx screws where you can tighten them down with a nylock quite nicely.
Even if they do, hex screws will remain to be legal in the same way that star screws were legal before Vex announced them as a new product idea. You can order them online or buy in bulk from the local hardware store, maybe for less than Vex.
My team will most likely be making the switch. A lot of the time I will be trying to tighten a locknut by myself and the hex screws are not the best for doing that. I am pretty certain that with the torx screws this will be much eaiser to accomplish. Also the tools will not strip as easy.#303
We have found that the Stainless Steel VEX screws are as hard as you can possible need. The black steel ones are terrible…you would be just as good using plastic.
I disagree with the hex tools statement also. We bought very high quality 3rd party hex drivers, and while they were 999999x better than the VEX ones, they still round off way to easy.
We will be purchasing star drive screws/drivers. There is a reason why when you walk into the hardware section at Menard’s…for instance deck screws…you will pretty much only find star drive. It’s because they work…well.
I’ll be very surprised if vexrobotics can sell them at the prices they currently have listed $5-7/100. I can’t find them anywhere near this price. The closest I’ve found was about .10 each if you buy 1000 ($101). Has anyone found anything cheaper actually in stock?