Which Screwdriver Do I Need to Repair My Dyson Vacuum?

“Which screwdriver do I need to repair my Dyson Vacuum cleaner?”

This is a question I am asked quite often, so I thought I would shed some light on it.

Not all models use the same size in all applications. But I will demystify it for you below.

Dyson vacuum cleaners are held together by Torx screws. If you take a look around your Dyson, you will see them, the head is shaped like a star and they look something like this.

Dyson Torx screw

Some have an anti-tamper pin in like the one above; some older ones do not.

A screwdriver with the anti-tamper feature will fit both types of screw, one without will not. So you want one with the anti-tamper tip usually, as that started to be used in some applications from the DC07 through to current models.

The most popular size used on Dysons is the T15. T10 and T8 can be found on some later model machines as well.

When buying a T15 Torx screwdriver, the length of the blade is a consideration that many people get wrong.

Most T15 screwdrivers have as standard a 75mm long blade (that’s about three inches if you think in imperial sizes).

Dysons have some deep sunk screws on them that you need a 100mm blade to reach (that is about four inches).

You don’t want a shaft wider than about 4-5mm either, so those fat screwdrivers with slot-in magnetic tips are no use. You need one that looks like this.

Dyson Star Screwdriver

Not very many companies make the ones with a 100mm blade that isn’t an awkward t-shape. I prefer a traditional shaped screwdriver.

Silverline make them, but I have never been terribly happy with the quality of Silverline stuff personally, so I avoid that brand.

Snap On do one with a six inch blade, part number SGDTRX615BR, but it is a special order and costs the earth (about £18) as all Snap On stuff does.

Draper make them. Draper quality is pretty good, but not especially cheap. But the fiver or so they cost doesn’t break the bank.

Smiths Tools also make them, they are quite alright, and not terribly expensive either.

You only need a T15 for models DC01, DC02, DC03, DC04, DC05, DC07, DC08, DC14, DC19 and DC25.

If you are going to be working on the DC24 and other later Ball machines, and newer stuff like the DC39 and Cinetic machines, you will also need a T10 with an anti-tamper tip and also a T8 for some applications (DC24 brushroll motor swaps spring to mind).

If you are working on later models, get the T8, T10 and the T15.

Dyson Vacuum Star Screwdrivers

You can get all three together as a set here: >>Set of Three Dyson Repair Screwdrivers<<

If you are not sure what screwdrivers you need for your Dyson model, please use the comment section below to ask and I will happily tell you. 

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17 Responses to “Which Screwdriver Do I Need to Repair My Dyson Vacuum?”

  1. Which screwdriver do I need torepair my dyson dc40?
    Yhanks

  2. You want the set of three for a DC40, Salvatore.

  3. Maria Punzalan on May 19th, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    what screwdriver do i need for dyson dc24?

  4. Get the set of 3 for a DC24.

  5. What screwdriver do I need for a DC35

  6. Get the set of three.

  7. What Star Torx screwdriver do I need for a Dyson dc33

  8. A T15 Phil.

  9. Which screwdrivers do I need to repair a dc39 animal canister? I believe I need to replace the post motor hepa filter

  10. @Mary – get the set of three linked.

  11. I have the dyson mc08 the
    head has a plastic wired duct that has split reducing the suction
    There are two screws on the front removed by a T15 screw driver
    These screws have not released the front plate i assume
    Everything just clips in to gain access to repair the duct which has perished
    The plan is to use gaffer table around the duct tube
    Has anyone been able take the head completely appart?

  12. Screwdriver for a dc17 absolute animal

  13. What screw driver do I need for a dyson dc17 absolute animal

  14. Mostly the T15, but a set of three (T8 T10 and T15) wouldn’t hurt depending how deep into it you are going.

  15. What screw driver do I need for a dyson dc 17 absolute animal. Thank you Rick

  16. Angus, you say the T15 is needed for the DC33 but can I get away with the standard 75mm shaft that I have or will I need a longer 100mm shaft as suggested in your brilliant write up ?

    Mike.

  17. You’ll need 100mm for many jobs.

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