The Different Types of Fasteners

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There is a vast array of different types of fasteners out there, most of which have many different uses within a variety of different industries, too. Below, we take a look at the most common types of fasteners and how to properly identify them.

Fasteners are, in essence, hardware devices that mechanically joins two components together. Generally, fasteners include a wide range of screws, including wood, machine, sheet metal and mating screws, as well as a selection of bolts, including carriage, lag, eye, shoulder, elevator and U-bolts, to name a few.

Almost all of these fasteners are categorised according to things like their head styles, washer types, drive types and nut types. Let’s take a look at this in more detail…


Head Styles

In terms of head styles, fasteners can feature flat, oval, round, hex, button and truss designs.


Washer Types

Washer types can vary from flat and fender to dock and square. Other common washer types include sealing, ogee and split lock variants.


Drive Types

Drive types include slotted, combination, one way and square to name but a few.


Nut Types

The different nut types in fasteners are also quite extensive and include wing, acorn, hex, flange, castle and jam.

Ultimately, the type of fastener that you purchase will depend on what you intend to use it for. For more information on what type would be your best bet, be sure to get in touch with the team at Marshfasteners.

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