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How do i get the screws out of a breville toaster? I want to fix my TT4 toaster but can't get the screws off the bottom!

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I took a 3/16" common (straight) screwdriver bit from one of my cheap universal driver bit sets, chucked it vertically in my shop vice, mounted a grinding disk in my Dremel tool, and ground a 1/16" wide by 1/16" deep slot in the center of the bit. It worked perfectly.
A hacksaw blade carefully placed could produce the same tool.

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You've probably discovered that the manufacturer used some kind of security screw. The heads have nonstandard slots and need special drivers. Many manufacturers do this to keep people like us (those who like to fix rather than toss something, that is!) from opening the item. They worry about being sued, I suppose.

There are many online sources for drivers, but some real oddballs are in use.

Here's a trick you can try if the head of the screw is thick enough. Grab the head across its diameter with diagonal cutters and squeeze. Unless the screw is hardened, the edges of the cutter will bite into the screw head. Continue squeezing and turn the cutters and you can usually break the screw free that way. After you get the screws out, pop into a local hardware store and get replacements of the same size and thread, but with a standard head.

Or just accept that not everything is fixable, toss the toaster and get a new one. Sometimes, once you finally manage to get something open, you find you wasted all your effort.

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  • Douglas McCreadie Apr 03, 2012

    I took a small standard screwdriver, small enough to fit into the recessed screw hole, and then took a Dremel tool and cut down the blade to form a tool that fit the proprietary screw heads used by Breville. This worked perfectly for extracting the screws. Good Luck!



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