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Old 05-02-2013, 03:16 PM   #11
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The Robertson head invaded Oswego, NY many years ago. We had a Canadian tour group bring a production through out theatre, and, at first cursed the "funny" heads that nothing fit. Then, after noticing that you could start a screw at arms length, that even novices weren't stripping out the heads or bits anywhere near as much with phillips, etc we switched over to them. At first we had to order them from Canada, then talked our US supplier into stocking them until they became universally available. It may or may not be the best Canadian invention, (I think that is the Escape) but it ranks up at the top!
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Old 05-02-2013, 04:13 PM   #12
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The auto industry uses a lot of torx screws these days, like the robertson they stay on the bit and drive nicely. I believe they were invented in the USA....
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:14 PM   #13
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Apparently you did not 'wikipedia' this; "... but when Robertson refused to license the screws to Ford, Ford realized that the supply of screws would not be guaranteed and chose to limit their use in production to Ford's Canadian division" I have no idea to today's factories.

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Old 05-02-2013, 07:40 PM   #14
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Car companies are still in love with Philips no matter which side of the border they are made
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:51 PM   #15
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OK, it's Robertson in Canada.... so folks won't believe that all Canadians think square? ;>)

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:13 PM   #16
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You know, we have had a lot worse said about us, Bruce.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:10 PM   #17
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So our trailer is three hours north of here and I forgot to put in a wrench for the wheel/lug nuts. What size are they? I also forgot the jack so I guess it might not matter anyway.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:18 PM   #18
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Off the top of my head, I believe they are 15/16". Often you can use your car jack, just be sure to not put in directly under the axle.

Four years now, and no flat for me. I sure wish I could say that for my construction dump trailer, that seems to pick up every nail on the site, or at the dump.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #19
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The lug nuts are a 13/16”.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:50 PM   #20
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Thanks guys. Jim many years ago I remember my sister laughing at someone changing a wheel in a downpour. My Father was furious with her. We went about 1/2 a mile and then sat watching father cursing and swearing as he got soaked changing a front wheel! Moral, "never say never"
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