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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    The PB Swiss told has a radius that will no scratch, or dig into your 'key' slot, but if you are good with a grinder any screwdriver will do.

    The real question is, how much leverage your tool will deliver, the longer the driver, the more problematic the one issue.

    IMO.

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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    Wide stubby and a grinder.

    I have modified screwdrivers in the past for specific duty.

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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    I use this. It came with my Leofoto gear, but is available on its own. https://www.amazon.com/Leofoto-Photo...70928397&psc=1

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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    thanks for all of the great ideas- i will definitely look into them! The reason for a real screwdriver is that my linhof karden is a bit heavy and i find that the plate does seem to loosen from time to time, just at the worst possible time, which is frustrating. I have injured my fingers in the past when using a quarter, trying to tighten the plate down enough so that it doesnt loosen. Anyway, i will come up with something. thanks again.

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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    You could make your own tool out of a quarter and a piece of wood.
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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    I know what you mean about North American coins being too thin. I have found some coins from other countries to be useful, particularly octagonal coins like the British 50 Pence.

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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Shiu View Post
    You could make your own tool out of a quarter and a piece of wood.
    Go big... Use a half dollar coin...

    More expensive, though... ;-)

    Steve K

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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    If you Google 'keychain screwdriver' all kinds of things come up...some good, some not so good.

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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    Google dzus screwdriver, common as can be if you know what to look for.

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    Re: snubby screwdriver made for tripod plate screws?

    There are other solutions. A D-ring screw https://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-Longer-S...8AAOSwZ1lWff2T eliminates the need for a screwdriver.

    Also you could get an Allen head screw and keep an Allen head wrench in your kit.
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