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What are the Different Types of Hex Nuts?

July 12, 2018

It is wild to think that the largest structures in the world can depend on something as small as an individual bolt or hex nut. Here at EBolts Online Store, we understand how important it is to have the right tools and accessories in order to complete your job. Whether you are working in the aerospace industry or merely fixing your kid's bicycle, the job cannot be done without the right gear. Today, we are going to be focusing on an overlooked part of our industry: the hex nut. How can hex nuts be overlooked when they are used so commonly? Well, the reason is simple: we take them for granted. Let's talk about the different types of hex nuts that are available for use.

Different Types of Hex Nuts

Even though you've likely used a hex nut a million times in your life, we'll take a moment to outline what exactly they are for newer readers. Hex nuts are one of the most common types of nuts in the world. Hex, short for hexagonal, means that these nuts have six total sides. These nuts are used for just about every industry you can probably imagine and even some that you haven't thought of. With that out of the way, let's talk about the different kinds of hex nuts that you are going to be working with.

  1. Hex Finish Nuts - The most commonly used type of nut in the world. Hex nuts, or hex finish nuts, are used to fasten to a hex cap screw, bolt or socket.
  2. Hex Machine Nuts - Equipped with internal threads, hex machine nuts are typically used alongside machine screws that are smaller than 1/4".
  3. Heavy Hex Nuts - These nuts are heavier, thicker and larger than your traditional hex nut. You'll most commonly find these used with cap screws as well as carriage bolts.
  4. Hex Jam Nuts - Jam nuts are most often used when you need your hex nut to stay locked in place without the assistance of another clamp. These nuts have internal threads and are typically thinner than your traditional finish nuts.

While these are the basic types of hex nuts that you are going to be dealing with, this only scratches the surface of our discussion. You'll also have to pay attention to the different kinds of finishes (coatings) in order to choose the proper nut for the job. These coatings range from stainless steel to zinc and each application offers a different array of benefits.

If you need more assistance, you can call us here at Ebolts Online Store for help finding the right fasteners for your work.

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