Our Frearson hex shank driver bits fit well in powered Drill Chucks or magnetic bit holders. These insert driver bits are compact and economical.
(5) per pack
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Frearson wood screws appear similar to the Phillips head but the Frearson has a more pointed 75° V shape. The Frearson tool recess is a perfect cross which minimizes cam out, unlike the Phillips head, which is designed to cam out.
Fits Frearson Screw Size
Hex Shank Size
#4 thru #6
#8 thru #16
#8 thru #16
Bits and Countersinks
what size bit for #8 screw?what size bit for #10 screw?
Sorry, I don't remember. I think i bought multiple size to be sure. Regards.
The #2 size works for everything except #4 screws or smaller
Does anyone know where I can get a bit for #2 screws (very small)?
No, not unless the standard Frearson driver from Jamestown Distributors will fit the tiny #2 screws as well.
McFeely's has drivers fo #2 screws.check page 9 of their catalog or go to their website.HPR-0110 #1 x 1 #1 x 1" Phillips ACR Bit Wire Detent - GID 1 3UMX2 $0.81
I ordered mine from Jamestown, but it may have been larger than your #2. If you can't find the right size Frearson bit from them or elsewhere on-line consider trying a small conventional philips head. After that I guess you'd have to change out the small screw to a larger one for which the right bit is available.
What sort of screwdriver bit holder will fit these bits? Does Jamestown Distributors sell these?
You can buy magnetic bit holders in most hardware stores and home centers.They are designed for this type of bit. One a side note I have found that a craftsman 12 volt impact drive works very well to remove fearson screws from my old Chris Craft.
I used it with a standard power drill and it worked just like any other bit, so I imagine it will work with any standard screwdriver bit holder.
A portable drill works great
YES THEY DO. I ORDERED A BIT FOR EACH OF A COUPLE OF SIZES AND KEEP THE BITS IN THE BOXES WITH THE SCREWS.
I am not sure if I need the #1 or #2. The screws I am working with are #8 and #10. What size do I need?
The table in the Jamestown (online) catalog shows Number 1 for screw sizes #4-#6 and Number 2 for sizes #8 thru #16.I agree with that, NUMBER 2 FOR SIZES #8 and #10.I say with Phillips "when in doubt , always go with the larger choice. I think the same with Frearson.You will still strip a few but much much better than the wrong tool.I always spray paint my Frearson drivers to distinguish them from Phillips.Makes it easier to find and to avoid using wrong one. Order a few. you'll be glad you didGood Luck
I purchased #2 bits and they work very well with #8, #10 and #12 screws. I have not tried them with smaller or larger gauge screws than those. Frearson headed screws work more positively than standard Phillips headed ones.Graeme
dont understand the price differend between the 1" and 2" bits, just assumed that longer would be more expensive?
The two inch only contain 2 units per pack, The 1 in and 1-1/8 contain 5 units per pack.
frearson drivers and screws
I was never made aware of the difference between the Frearson and the standard Philips screws and drivers until I read the info in the Jamestown web info. I would recommend any boat owner to at least try the Frearson screw/driver combination. The first time I used them it was an eye-opener. Thanks to Jamestown.
Fishers Island, NY
Having the right bit matters
The easiest way to ruin your day is to use a phillips bit on a frearson screw. Most of the wood screws on boats are frearson head, so it's imperitive to have these bits on hand, especially with powered screwdrivers.