A screw extractor is a great tool to have within your home-improvement toolbox. This one tool can save you a lot of aggravation when it comes to removing stripped, or broken, screws. As with many other tools and accessories there are plenty of different options to choose from for different tasks and situations.
Straight or Spiral
The screw extractor tool can be purchased in a straight option or a spiral one. While they are both good for specific instances, the straight screw extractor is the most advantageous.
1. Ease of Use
The straight screw extractor is very easy to use and can be used in a wide variety of instances. They can easily be tapped into the screw head without worrying about damaging the threads.
2. Better Grabbing Power
The edges of the straight screw extractor will not only slide into the screw head, but will also grab the sides better as it is turned into the screw. This means that there is less of a chance of the extractor loosing its grip on the screw.
3. More Sizes
A screw extractor kit with straight bits will have more sizes to choose from for different-sized screws. The spiral screw extractor is limited in the different sizes because of the spirals themselves.