Optimaxx woodscrews are probably the most up to date, refined, and improved version of the humble woodscrew. The history of woodscrews goes back around 500 years, although screw devices, made from
wood, designed for presses for such fruits as olives and grapes, have been traced back to over 2000 years ago. Today, woodscrews, although still basically derived from the original patterns, are used in multitudes of applications in building, fixing and manufacturing.
History and Development.
The original woodscrews were made by hand, a slow and laborious process, and the need for speeding up the manufacturing became painfully obvious. During the 1700’s, Basic machinery for automating the manufacturing process became available, and this quickly affect the assembly of all types of wooden products. Over the years, along with improvements to the machinery, came improvements in the design of the screws themselves. Most retired tradesman would have been brought up on the old traditional tapered and slotted woodscrews, made by GKN, and known in the trade as ‘Article 1’ Mary Bellis has written an interesting article on the history of woodscrews that can be found here.
The Optimaxx screw has an exceptionally sharp point together with a sawtooth formation on the point to give fast starting without the need of a pilot hole, even in the hardest of materials.
Improvements and new styles.
In the 1960’s the use of new board materials, such as chipboard, sterling board, and MDF, began to replace the use of solid wood in building methods, and in the manufacture of all types of furniture. These materials, often with melamine facing, presented new challenges for fixing and assembly. At the same time, the traditional slotted head was causing difficulties, with the slotted screwdrivers used, tending to “cam out”, or slip out of the slots in the screw, and making it difficult to get the required torque. Also, around this time rechargeable battery screwdrivers were coming on to the market and were rapidly replacing the Yankee pump screwdrivers, and traditional hand drivers, which had been in use for many years.
The Chipboard Screw.
During the late 1960’s, the first of the new breed of chipboard screws began to appear on the market. These were a considerable improvement on the old Article 1 woodscrews, which had been around for so long. The first improvement was the use of a pozidrive head style to replace the old slot head. This was a cross slot, and gave a much more positive drive, and was far less prone to cam out, or for the driver to slip out of the drive, than the old method. The next improvement was a sharp point on the end of the screw, making it much easier to screw into the new board materials. Then, the screws were made with a parallel twin thread making them easier to screw straight in, and many cases doing away with the need of drilling a pilot hole. And another new development was to coat the screws with a bright zinc electroplating as standard. This gave a much more attractive appearance, and also a limited protection from rust in damp conditions. Finally, they were case hardened, to give them a much greater strength.
These new chipboard screws rapidly became very popular, and rapidly took over sales from the old traditional woodscrews. Together the constantly improving cordless drill drivers, and with the introduction of cordless impact drivers giving more speed and torque, the lot of the tradesman was becoming a lot quicker and easier. The next development was the new single thread chipboard screw, which came over from Germany, and caused some confusion at first, as they were sold in metric sizes, rather than the old British screw gauge sizes. However, with a deeper thread, giving them more bite, and a heavier zinc and tropicalized electrocoating, making them more durable in damp conditions together with hardening to a greater degree, they are now accounting for more sales than the original chipboard screws. The extra hardening also means that they can be used for self-tapping into such materials as UPVC and Aluminium. Further refinements include self-countersinking heads, and self-cutting points.
Enter the Optimaxx
The optimaxx woodscrew is a new generation screw giving, even more, improvements and benefits than it’s predecessors. It has an exceptionally sharp point together with a sawtooth formation on the point to give fast starting without the need of a pilot hole, even in the hardest of materials. The cutting threads are coated with a unique lubricant again making them easier to penetrate harder materials and has a double reinforced collar under the head, normally the weakest point on any woodscrew. The self-countersinking head is also unique, in that it has 24 cutting slots, which will easily and cleanly countersink into most materials, with causing any damage at all. These are tough screws, and will not let you down in the most difficult of applications. They are available in a wide range of sizes and are packaged in strong packaging, either in substantial cardboard boxes, in handy assorted plastic cases, or in plastic tubs, depending on quantities required. Why not try some today, and join the Optimaxx revolution! More details can be found here