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post-torxh.jpgWe received an interesting request from a reader: where does one find Tamper-Resistant Torx drivers?  (According to the reader, the T8H is required to open the XBox 360’s wireless controllers.)

A quick Froogle search (link below) turned up plenty of mail order places right here in the U.S. that stock T8H drivers, but we prefer this set from Wiha Tools, which is available both online and in-store from Sears.

It includes a handle with a quick release and standard 1/4″ bit holder, and an assortment of 1/4″ bits including:

  • Tamper-Resistant Torx, sizes T8H (for your 360 controller), T10H, T15H, T20H, T25H, T27H, T30H, and T40H
  • Triwing, sizes 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Torq, sizes 6, 8, and 10
  • Spanner, sizes 4, 6, 8, and 10
  • Tamper-resistant hex, sizes 5/64, 3/32, 7/64, 1/8, 9/64, and 5/32
  • Standard slotted in 6.5mm, 8mm
  • Phillips in #1 and #2
  • Pozidriv, sizes 0, 1, 2, and 3, and
  • Square, sizes 1, 2 and 3

Sounds like any hardware hacker should have this set in their kit.  It’s a gathering of drivers for pretty much every unusual screw head we’ve seen in some time.

The Wiha 39 pc. Bit Set [Sears]
Torx T8H Vendors/Pricing [Froogle]


2 Responses to The Hardware Hacker’s Specialty Driver Set

  1. ck1dog says:

    Actually, try a local flea market if you have one. There are always a few tables with nothing but tools and if you poke around there will be at least one cheap security bit set. I picked up a 39 pc set for $3. At that price, who cares if it’s cheap? That’s almost disposable. Of course, if you are going to use them professionally it’s always worth the extra money but if it an one-off project….

  2. TheRealGomez says:

    A fine set, only problem is, the XBox 360’s wireless controllers have two T8H screws in deep, narrow diameter holes that bits in a universal drive handle are just too big to fit in.

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