Square Head Bolts Vs. Hex Head Bolts
In the world of building fasteners, there are so many options it could make your head spin!
First, you have the material the building fastener is made of, then the platings, coatings, and any other treatment that is applied. Of course there are different sizes to accommodate various applications and different methods of threading (in the case of bolts and screws) for strength.
Speaking of bolts, there are even different shaped heads that work best for different applications and industries.
So what’s the difference between these two fastener styles? Besides the head shape, the main differences are found in the applications and benefits of each style.
What Are Hex Head Bolts?
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Hex head bolts are made with a six-sided head. This common shape is easily worked on with everyday tools, making it ideal for industries where speed and versatility are important.
Hex head bolts are a good overall choice for typical fastener applications, and found across the building industry and in countless other common applications.
Nuts are often found in the hex shape as well, meaning there is always an easy match found for hex head bolts.
What Are Square Head Bolts?
A square head bolt has a distinctly shaped head that makes it ideal for working in blind areas. With the proper tools, tightening a square head bolt is easy even when the fastener is out of your line of vision.
This shape of bolt head is also easy to check visually. The flat sides make it simple to gauge whether the bolt has been properly tightened, since the sides will align with the materials being fastened. This worked really well in the railroad industry, where supervisors could check that all bolts were on based on whether the head lined up with the tie.
A square head bolt is common in the railroad industry, on electrical panels, and in furniture manufacturing.
Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.