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Most people would be amazed by the amount of information that can fit on the head of a bolt. As you may already know, information about the diameter, length, and thread pitch of a fastener can often be found on its head. However, there’s a lot of other information that manufacturers put on the head of a bolt that you may not know about. That information can make a big difference in the type of bolt you choose for your application. Here, we’ll look at some of the markings, and what they mean in terms of real-world applications
Whether you’re a part-time hobbyist or a seasoned mechanic, there comes a time when you have an unidentified hole, bolt, or screw. To finish your assembly, you need to know exactly what size fastener you have, or what size fastener you need. The “guess and test” method can damage the threads on the fastener and in the hole. Worse yet, you could end up with something that seems to fit, but isn’t really the right size. When that happens, mechanical failure becomes a real risk.
Fortunately, screw thread callouts are a standardized system for determining the size, thread pitch, and length of a machine screw or hole. With this information, you can quickly get all of the information you need to ensure that your fastener fits perfectly into your assembly.
Set screws are one of those smaller metric fastener components that aren’t given as much attention as they deserve.
In spite of their lack of fame, they are available in a wide variety of different fabrications. They are also used in a variety of different applications ranging from simple tasks such as installing a door knob, to more complex ones like working on a space shuttle.
Any time an object needs to be affixed to some sort of shaft, a set screw is likely to be utilized. However, given the wide variety of applications that use set screws, you want to make sure that you are using the right one for your specific application.
Chris was making a custom piece for his car and needed some uncommon hardware. He was having trouble finding a 7mm jam nut—until he came to Mr. Metric.
Not only did Chris find exactly what he was looking for, but he was also shocked when he was not forced to buy these jam nuts in large quantity. Unlike other online stores where high minimum orders were required, Chris was able to order just the pieces he needed.
One of our customers, Bryan, recently purchased new struts for his Monte Carlo. But when he received the struts, they did not come with the nuts needed to attach them properly.
Mr. Metric’s on-site staff helped Bryan find the right nuts for the job and got Bryan on the road again.
Read what Bryan had to say:
The debate over whether to use imperial or metric fasteners has been going on for well over a century. During that time, metric has consistently won out over imperial, even in the country that was responsible for creating the imperial system.
To understand why metric is the preferred system worldwide, it’s important to understand how each system works.
Charles uses Mr. Metric stainless steel 6M bolts to attach his gearbox to his electric bike. He’s happy with his purchase, which is great for both performance and safety.
Why the 6M Bolts Fit His Needs:
These specific types of bolts are an ideal fit for such a task, because the stainless steel grade 8.8 material is extremely resistant to rust and corrosion. The flange bolts come up with an attached washer that uses tiny teeth to ensure a secure clamp against any flat surface.
Bill is using his Mr. Metric fasteners on his BMW motorcycle to improve his ride with new accessories and attachments. Mr. Metric fasteners are great for motorcycle customizations, repairs or regular maintenance.
Mr. Metric has a vast selection of metric fasteners from metric screws, metric nuts, metric bolts, metric washers, metric pins, in a variety of materials like steel, stainless steel, brass and more. Need a hard to find fastener for your bike? You have come to the right place! Mr. Metric specializes in selling metric fasteners you won’t find anywhere else.
David Elliot is using Mr. Metric fasteners on his snowmobiles to improve the snow machine’s performance while also reducing the weight of the machine. These metric pipe plug screw’s tapered thread design allows for an excellent high pressure seal.
See how David is using this to his advantage:
Our first metric fastener story comes from Martin Seebach in California. Thanks for your submission, Marty!
It may not be a Christmas miracle, but Mr. Metric found a way to assist Martin when he was in need of a metric retaining ring to fix a piece of ranch equipment. Read on for the story in Marty’s words: