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Hozan JIS-4 JIS Screwdriver Set (NEW 3rd. Gen)

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Product Description

The D-530-75, D-540-100, D-550-100 and D-555-100 drivers have replaced the previous generation (D-130-75, D-140-100, D-150-100 and D-155-100 drivers) J.I.S.(Japanese Industrial Standard) tips are slightly different than those Phillips tips typically found in the U.S. All Phillips screws are not the same. If you experience cam-outs, or find that you are ripping and damaging screwheads, you are probably using a US Phillips screwdriver, when you should be using a JIS screwdriver. As JIS screws become more popular, the best way to reduce cam-outs and/or ripping out screwheads, is to purchase JIS screwdrivers.

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Part Number JiS-4 D530-75,D540-100,D550-100,D555-100
Item Weight 5.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 10.2 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
Origin Japan
Item model number JIS3-4
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

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ASIN B00A7WAHTU
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4.5 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #9,369 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#70 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Screwdrivers
Shipping Weight 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available November 15, 2012

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By Pard on January 10, 2016
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These are NOT JIS screwdrivers! In fact, if you go to the Hozan Tools website and look up the part numbers, you will find these are listed as Phillips screwdrivers, there is zero reference to JIS screwdrivers in the description for these.

Let me put it another way: the modern Phillips tool bits are either machined or ground and made without the old Phillips "curve" to the sides of the flutes that made the Phillips "cam out" on torque. Most new Phillips bits and screwdriver tips are made with straight flutes, so they work as both standard Phillips and JIS screwdrivers.

I actually talked to a Vessel Japan representative who told me they no longer make JIS only screwdrivers because their Phillips screwdrivers will also work as JIS.

There is no reference to JIS on the Hozan website; they list these screwdrivers as Phillips. BUT, the tips are pressed (these Hozan screwdrivers are the cheaper type so the tips are not ground or machined) with straight flutes. So they will work as both Phillips and JIS.

I don't believe there are any real old-style JIS-only screwdrivers or bits made any more and I have bought plenty just to see, screwdrivers that are claimed to be JIS but really aren't.

Is this a problem? Not really, because the modern grinds mean that if the manufacturer does a good job, the "Phillips" screwdriver will also work in JIS screws.

NOTE: I took detailed measurements and photos and the Hozan screwdrivers appear to be identical to a modern set of straight-fluted Phillips 0, 1 and 2 screwdrivers.

Also, these are very basic screwdrivers, with cheap plastic molded handles. They'll work as Phillips screwdrivers, but don't expect Snap-On type quality.

Very disappointed that there are apparently no more JIS screwdrivers anywhere, I have purchased bits and screwdrivers that claim to be JIS but aren't. Which tells me that there really isn't any difference after all.
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If you do any work at all on Japanese cars or motorcycles, you really need a set of JIS screwdrivers.

JIS - or Japanese Industry Standard - is a Pacific Rim standard used for "Philips" (cross) type screwdrivers. Most people, professional mechanics included, don't even know that such a thing exists. But every "Philips" screw on a Japanese vehicle is not a Philips screw at all, but a JIS screw. They can be identified with a small dot on the top of the screw.

Philips screwdrivers don't fit JIS screws, at least not properly. Because they don't fit all the way into the screw, you tend to mangle the screw when attempting to tighten it, or loosen a tight one. If you have any "Philips" screws on your Japanese vehicle that are stripped or mangled, this is what has happened. The solution? A set of JIS screwdrivers.

The first time you use a JIS screwdriver, you'll realize what you've been missing. It fits solidly into the screw, and turns it securely, without "camming out" like a Philips driver does. No mangling of the screw, no difficulty loosening or tightening fasteners. Philips screwdrivers were actually designed to cam out of the screw, to prevent over tightening. On soft JIS screws, this just destroys the screw head.

The shafts on these screwdrivers is a bit more narrow than I expected, and the handles are hard plastic, but they are well engineered and built, and the price is a fraction of what you will pay elsewhere for JIS screwdrivers.
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I wish I knew that JIS was different from the Phillips cross-tip years ago. I always wondered why I was constantly ruining the heads of cross-tip bolts when I worked on Japanese cars. Well, problem solved! I'm sure these will save me many desperate trips to the hardware store. Well made just like all the Hozan bike tools I've seen. If you own or work on Japanese vehicles, you need a set of these.
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If you're working on a Japanese motorcycle, these are a must. The fit is fantastic and I didn't slip a single screw. The best way to tell if a screw is a JIS and not a phillips is if there is a little dot punched on the head between to of the X legs. Also worked great for my flat screen TV.
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What uses JIS-headed screws? Cameras, audio / hi-fi equipment, some personal computer products (specifically Apple MacBook and PowerBook). Yes, MacBooks *do* seem to be held-together with JIS-headed screws. I wish I had this set ten years ago, to tackle all of the crapple fancy-pants teeny-tiny designer screws, for all of those memory, drive, and screen replacement jobs.

Get this set for yourself, your kid, nephew, cousin, or neighbor's kid after you ask them to fix your computer. You know, when they have the right screwdriver, they will do a better job of putting it back together.
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I learned all about JIS here: http://www.oldschoolcarbs.com/instructional-videos. Nila lays it out plain and enlightened me why I continually stripped out phillips head screws using the wrong screwdrivers. Thanks Nila, thanks Old School Carbs, and thanks Hozan for the awesome screwdrivers.
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Note that these look like Phillips head screwdrivers, but they are JIS. JIS screws all have a little dimple on them (see the picture I've posted), which indicates that they are for JIS screwdrivers. Phillips drivers are meant to come out of the screw head at high torque, whereas this system is for higher torque.

Having a set of these is pretty key for anyone doing automotive related work, not just woodworking with Phillips.
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