Hex Head Cap Screw Vs Socket Head Cap Screw Manufacturers, assembly workers, and maintenance staff work with many different fasteners, and many wonder about the ideal fastener for certain applications. A hex head cap screw functions much like a socket head cap screw, and is available in the same sizes and materials. How would you […]

Hex Head Cap Screw Vs Socket Head Cap Screw

Manufacturers, assembly workers, and maintenance staff work with many different fasteners, and many wonder about the ideal fastener for certain applications. A hex head cap screw functions much like a socket head cap screw, and is available in the same sizes and materials. How would you lean in the decision of hex head cap screw versus socket head cap screw?

Differences Between Hex Head Cap Screws & Socket Head Cap Screws

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Access Matters
Most experts agree that a socket head cap screw is your best choice in applications with limited access. Available in a wide range of dimensions, this fastener can be efficiently adjusted with tools from a standard socket set, which require very little clearance around the fastener.
Socket head cap screws are also considered to have a more modern appearance, although this is subjective. Technical equipment and electronics often use socket head cap screws, creating a visual association that may carry over to other products and applications.

Some professionals choose to use the socket head style due to quality issues or repeated stripping with hex head cap screws. Others claim that socket head cap screws round out easily, while it takes extreme pressure with repeated use to round off hex head styles.
Watch For Debris
Debris presents a common problem when using socket head cap screws. Soft materials or tiny particles may clog up the socket, making it difficult to work with these fasteners and possibly resulting in premature wear for the joint.
Hex head cap screws present a solid head that can be easily adjusted using a variety of wrenches, including an adjustable, socket or box head wrench. Debris build up is less of an issue with this style of fastener.
Both the hex head cap screw and socket head cap screw create a strong, stable joint. Depending on the access in your application, your visual preferences, and the presence of debris, one may be better than the other.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

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.

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