Phillips, Truss, Thread Cutting Screws, Type 25 Thread. Thread-Cutting Type-25 screws provide excellent chip clearance. Steel: Used in molded or through holes in plastics and other soft materials. Stainless: Material into which the screw is to cut threads should have a lower hardness by 10-20 Rockwell hardness. Truss head screws are weaker than pan or round heads but preferred in applications where minimal clearance exists above the head. Modified truss heads offer low clearance and an extra large bearing surface. Commonly used to attach metal lathe to metal studs.