I need to remove the back plane of an early 2013 MacBook Pro, sold in New Zealand.

According to questions on here: What screwdriver size is needed for MacBook Pro mid 2012 back cover? Screwdriver for 13-inch MacBook Pro

I need a Philips #00 screwdriver, which I bought as part of this set:


However, the screwdriver doesn't fit. Specifically it seems the blades of it are actually to thick to get into the screws.

Is this something I can specify as part of the screwdriver to look for? Or is size #00 possibly different in different parts of the world?


I've seen occasional mismatches in sets for $20 in the US and certainly some really bad $10 sets in the US. Not knowing the relative prices I don't know if that's expensive for New Zealand. My gold standard is a wiha tool.

I would get a good tool for the ones you'll use a lot like #00 and if you can afford it - a nice set. Another gold standard seller for me in the US is DigiKey Electronics: Here's their #00 Phillips selection

Hopefully this lets you evaluate if you got a dud blade or just a low quality set in general. If it's really not able to fit - contact your seller to get advice if you can.

  • Thank you, I wanted to make sure this is a budget problem not something I don't understand. I'll likely be able to pick up a Wiha cheap in Germany in a couple of weeks, shipping any of these is not worth it, as I likely won't use it again – jdog Jun 16 '18 at 2:39
  • Yes - it's pretty likely if the drive won't fit, it's just a bad piece of metal - bad being the tolerance to which it was machined or forged. – bmike Jun 16 '18 at 4:02
  • @mike - doesn't the early 2013 MacBook Pro use the pentalobe screws on the bottom cover? Wiha makes this one too and it (and Klien tools) are my reach-for in my tool box.... – Allan Jun 16 '18 at 11:31
  • +1 from me just for recommending Wiha ;) I also use some of their larger stuff for wood/metal-working too & it's virtually indestructible. – Tetsujin Jun 17 '18 at 13:56
  • @mike - the ones sold here in NZ at that time were still Philips – jdog Jun 17 '18 at 21:12

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