LGB Cross-Point Screw Heads

JimmyB

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I appreciate that there are a number of different cross-point (cruciform) screw heads, the most popular is use being the Phillips (PH) and Pozidrive (PZ), and having recently revived a new set of mini screwdrivers with PH 000/00/0/1 and PZ00/0/1 heads, I find that for the larger LGB screws a PH 1 or PH 2 fit okay, however I find for the the smaller sizes PH is not a particular good fit. So what type/size driver should I be using, or have I go some poor screws :)
 
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PhilP

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If you think LGB screws are bad.. Wait until you attack a USA Trains loco.. - those appear to be made of cheese! :eek::banghead::banghead:

The screws can seem to be 'frozen'. - I tend to give a fraction-turn in the 'tighten' direction, then undo.
Due to the age of many of our acquisitions, the screws will probably have been had-at in the past?

I bought a mixed pack (TrainLine, I think) a few years back, but would get them from Mark, at Garden Rail Outlet (Muns) now.
 
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I appreciate that there are a number of different cross-point (cruciform) screw heads, the most popular is use being the Phillips (PH) and Pozidrive (PZ), and having recently revived a new set of mini screwdrivers with PH 000/00/0/1 and PZ00/0/1 heads, I find that for the larger LGB screws a PH 1 or PH 2 fit okay, however I find for the the smaller sizes PH is not a particular good fit. So what type/size driver should I be using, or have I go some poor screws :)
The LGB Tool Set has a crosshead screwdriver in it. I have to say this is the only one that works satisfactorily with LGB Screws. But not too good on Trainline or other makes!
 
Greg Elmassian

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I have a whole collection of philips/crosshead/posidrive screwdrivers, and yes indeed I have one favorite that fits the USA Trains body screws best. You strip those heads and you never get the shell off. They are also made of soft, cheap steel.

Tips:

1. find something that fits as closely as you can find, by checking the play of the screwdriver in the scres.
2. be determined to remove the screw on the first try and supply plenty of pressure to keep the driver from backing out.
3. lubricate the screw threads with plastic-compatible oil before reassembling
 
JimmyB

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The LGB Tool Set has a crosshead screwdriver in it. I have to say this is the only one that works satisfactorily with LGB Screws. But not too good on Trainline or other makes!
Jon, looks the part, however it would seem that currently it is no longer available :(