Suppose you were interested in assembling snowmobiles. Which types of fasteners would you go for? Would you choose titanium hex tap bolts or Inconel hex lag bolts? Most people in this position would simply go with gut instinct and pick whatever was convenient. However, if you are interested in making the snowmobiles be reasonably cheap, […]

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Suppose you were interested in assembling snowmobiles. Which types of fasteners would you go for? Would you choose titanium hex tap bolts or Inconel hex lag bolts? Most people in this position would simply go with gut instinct and pick whatever was convenient. However, if you are interested in making the snowmobiles be reasonably cheap, run well and be easy to maintain, you need to give the process a bit more thought than this. When choosing the ideal fasteners for use in such a setting, there are a number of questions you can ask yourself in order to get an idea of what to use. Some of these include:

Is performance a very legitimate concern?

One of the questions you need to ask yourself when you are assembling snowmobiles is how important performance would be. This in turn depends on the reason why the snowmobiles will be used. If they are designated for use by people such as tourists, you can be sure that the demands on performance will be relatively low. This means that you can afford to use fasteners that make the snowmobiles work well, but which don’t have to be lightweight or have other special qualities.
It is important to make this distinction because it has an impact on price. If you are going to use fasteners that are strong and light weight (features that are desired in a performance snowmobile), you should be prepared to spend a lot on them. This in turn means that the selling price and the cost of maintenance of the same will be high. If they are only going to be used lightly, this is not necessary.

 

Which environment will they be used in mostly?

If you are going to design snowmobiles, you also need to consider the environment in which they will be used. This will have an influence on the types of fasteners used. For instance, if they are going to be used along the coast where there is a lot of seawater, they will be exposed to water with a high concentration of ions. This in turn means that they will be more likely to rust. You will need to use fasteners that are designed specifically to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

Do you want tamper proof features?

In some cases, you might want to have snowmobiles that are either tamperproof, or which will show evidence of attempted tampering. A good example of this is when you want to rent them out for long periods of time. Using fasteners that are designed with this in mind will make it a lot easier for you to keep an eye on this. In some cases, you can even order custom made fasteners for the same.
The assembly of snowmobiles is something that needs to be carefully figured out if you are to get it right. The above are some of the major considerations that will help you figure out which ones to get. It might take you longer to consider all the above, but in the end you will be glad that you did.

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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