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Spax or Reisser?




Hey everyone. Just a very quick 'video response' to Marco's question about Spax or Reisser as premium screws. I’ve used both and they’re both a big step up IMHO from eg Screwfix Gold, though the differences are pretty subtle; I tend to think of Reisser as more of a construction screw, and Spax more for cabinetry, but both work well and I haven’t had a single bad or snapped head since switching over to them forever ago.


I did use Spax M-cut for most of my cabinetry simply for the very good edge performance; not a whole lot to choose between them and regular Spax as far as self-countersinking goes, though both seemed better than the Reisser screws I had on hand in this video.


Again, I only have them in 4x16s so it could just be the screw size.


Anyway, hope this helps - it’s helped me start to plan a ‘which screw when?’ video!


Best, P


ps - shot edited and posted on my phone so forgive the less than stellar audio.

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I would always use 3.5mm when screwing through ends of birch plywood, I don't use that much MDF so I guess that may be different. I should buy online but I seem to mostly buy in stores when buying other items so brand-wise, I will take whatever they have. They are usually near the checkout too just like jellies in the supermarket with a similar sudden thought process......

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As a contrary screw-user to all the Spax lovers, I’ve been using Optimaxx screws for a while, mainly because Wickes sell them (and I get a discount there) and they’re about half the price of Spax.

Not had any snap or any bad heads on them. https://optimaxx.co.uk/optimaxx-woodscrews/

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I started using Spax Wirox with Torx head four years ago, when I needed corrosion resistant screws for a project that was going into a wet room. It was cheaper at the time to buy a trade pack from Ironmongery Direct than individual boxes, so I found myself with a full selection of sizes and started to use these, in place of cheaper screws, for all my carpentry. The difference was incredible and I have stayed with Spax ever since.

I now buy both torx and pozi heads, as the torx screws are brilliant on the bench, but are not very magnetic, so working in tight spaces, say under a sink, they can be a tad awkward as the screw…

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petermillard
petermillard
Sep 10, 2023
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Great testimonial, thanks is Dawn! 👍

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Tom Owens
Tom Owens
Sep 09, 2023

I swear by Reisser for general work. I use the SpaxM for edge screwing on basic cabinets.

must have used thousands of Reisser screws building our extension. Vast difference compared to some others the builder turned with. I banned him from bringing or ordering anything but Reisser whilst we built the timber frame and constructed the roof. They cost more but are worth the extra. Need good impact driver bits though!

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petermillard
petermillard
Sep 09, 2023
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Cheers Tom! 👍

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