Hex Bolts: What You Need To Know
Hex bolts are a unique style of fixing used throughout the construction, automobile and engineering industries. The hexagon bolt fixing is a reliable fastener for a wide selection of building projects and repair jobs.
Hex Bolts come in various finishes and thread designs for application in different tasks and environments. Do you know which one is best for your project? Find out what you need to know about Hex Bolts below.
What are Hex Bolts?
Many screws and bolts are identified by their drive style. Unlike the ‘standard’ Phillips or Slotted drive, hex bolts are distinct because of their six-sided (hexagonal) heads.
This style of bolt is the industry standard for fasteners with forged heads. While most hex bolts are partially threaded, fully threaded hex sets are also widely used.
Why use hex bolts?
Hex Bolts are designed to be used throughout the construction and engineering industry, whether that’s on two distinctly different projects or as fixings on different materials on the same building. That’s because they are a versatile fixing suitable for lots of jobs and materials.
The hexagon head is convenient for gripping with tools from all angles and can also be grabbed by hand. It makes them easy to loosen and tighten because there’s space to use your tools from all directions.
Hex bolts are good fixings because they are manufactured specifically to meet environmental and tensile specifications.
When to use hex bolts?
Hex bolts can be used for infrastructure that requires a strong fastener with high tensile strength properties due to their design and base materials. As mentioned, they can also be used in tight spaces with limited access because tools can access them from all angles due to the six points of contact on the hex head.
With different finishes, lengths and thread styles, they can be used for fastening wood, steel and other construction materials so aren’t limited for application on site.
The main uses for hex bolts are in docks, bridges, highway structures and buildings. This style of bolt is popular in all assemblies and is a real staple of the industry across the world because of its diverse application, fastener design and choice of variations.
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