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As most woodworkers are aware, as of January 1, 2004, the pressure treated lumber industry has voluntarily switched from CCA chemical processes to alternative treating methods such as ACQ. While significant testing has been performed on galvanized screws to ensure their compatibility with the new treatment processes, to date stainless steel is the only corrosion resistant material to have gained widespread acceptance for use with these new materials. ProMax Stainless Steel screws are the ideal choice for use with these new materials. Note that because of the inherently lower strength of stainless steel compared to hardened steel, ProMax Stainless Steel screws are all #10’s, which provides roughly the same torque strength as the #8 ProMax No-Co-Rode screws. Made in Taiwan / China. Unthreaded Length 1-9/16"
ProMax™ Optimized Thread Length™: What It Means and Why You’ll Like It!Deck screws are a good example of Optimized Thread Length. The screws normally used to install 2 x 4’s or 2 x 6’s for decking are 3 inches long and have 1 inch of unthreaded shank. Since 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 deck material is 1-1/2 inches thick, the threads bridge the joint, as shown, resulting in an uneven and unsightly surface, or screws that are over-driven trying to “pull the board down.”
ProMax™ screws are different: Thread length is optimized to eliminate crossthreading, and the 1/8” length system allows use of the longest possible screw. In most cases, the smooth shank and self-drilling point allow installation without predrilling! Just select a screw that provides an unthreaded shank length equal to or slightly greater than the material thickness being fastened.
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Comments about 10 x 2-7/8 ProMax Wood Deck Screws, Stainless Steel, Flat Head, Square Drive:
I love these for outdoor 2x4 projects. Everyone should know that stainless is a little softer. But that said, I've had no problems driving these into 2x4's (including harder treated) which they're perfectly designed for. I even rust tested them by leaving one in a glass of water for months. No rust.I've seen only a few bent screws and with an impact driver very few stripped heads.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I've put in about 80 of these screws making a firewood stand and lumber rack. The promax self drilling design is fantastic for 2x4's as advertised. I didn't pre-drill and didn't split any 2x4's. The stainless is fine - I stripped a couple screws but no more than that using my impact driver. Using a regular driver you might strip some more. For the slight increase in price over the various other coatings I thought it was worth having solid stainless and not having to worry about them.
Appear to be nice screws...
from Susanville, CA
I am building a 44' X 12' redwood deck (with treated joists). I bought the 1500 count bucket of these screws. I was warned against using a square head drive screw, but went ahead with it because of the price. Hind sight is 20/20. I should've spent a little (actually alot) more and went with a star drive screw! The square drive cammed out easily and I had to predrill every screw, not to mention the screw would grab the bit and had to be wrenched out (I eventually discovered a technique that worked to cleanly dislodge the bit from the screw head). About 20% of the screws were bent right out of the bucket. The bent screws were still useable, but required caution when driving them, which slowed me down considerably. These screws would be okay for a smaller project, but I won't use them again. I would bite the bullet and go with a more expensive and stronger screw. Overall, these screws cost me about twice the amount of time I had estimated (and a bigger headache/sore back) to screw down the decking due to bent screws, soft metal, and square heads.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Excellent Deck Screw
from Lillian, AL
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This is the best screw for 5/4 and 2x treated lumber. The screw penetrates easily and the long ProMax shaft allows the screw to "suck" the boards together. Stainless steel is soft, however, and the square drive head can cam out. I'd love to see this screw in a star drive configuration. That would make it "perfect".