Shear Nuts - Tamper Proof Security Nuts in 304 Stainless Steel
Breakaway Nuts Designed to Prevent Tampering
Shear Nuts are conical nuts with coarse threads designed for a permanent installation where preventing tampering with the fastener assembly is important. Shear nuts get their name because of how they are installed. They require no special tool to install; however, removal will be challenging, if not impossible. Each nut consists of a conical section topped by a thin, threadless standard hex nut that snaps or shears off when the torque exceeds a certain point on the nut. The finished result resembles a Tri-Groove or Trident Nut, only it does not have the grooves for installation or removal.
Shear Nuts are commonly used on signs in hospitals, public spaces, playgrounds, schools, and correctional facilities to secure various equipment and protect against unwanted removal.
18-8 or 304 grades of Stainless steel are suitable for many general purpose applications, especially freshwater and non-salt water wet environments. Corrosion-resistant and durable, 18-8 stainless steel is equivalent to the A2 grade of stainless steel.
304 Stainless Steel Break-Away Nut Specifications
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Break-Away Shear Nut Installation Instructions
Uninstalled Nut - Thread the nut onto the bolt or stud that you will be using it on.
Tighten with a Wrench or Socket - Using a wrench or socket, tighten the hex portion of the nut until it reaches the optimal torque and snaps off.
Finished Installation - After the hex portion snaps off, ony a tapered circular nut remains. Due to its shape, it cannot be grabbed by a wrench socket or gripping devices which makes it highly resistant to tampering or vandalism.
What are tamper-resistant nuts?
Tamper resistant nuts, otherwise known as security nuts, are pieces of hardware that function as a standard fastener nut. However, they are designed to be difficult, if not impossible, to remove unless a specific driver or heavy tools are used. They're used for anti-theft applications.
How do you remove security shear nuts?
Shear nuts are not designed to be removed. If they were, they wouldn't make very good security nuts! That being said, if they must be removed, one option would be to use a grinder and cut grooves into the sides of the shear nut so that you could grip it with some pliers or vise grips.
What is a shear nut?
Shear Nuts are conical nuts designed for a permanent installation where preventing tampering with the fastener assembly is important. The conical section is topped by a thin, threadless, standard hex nut that snaps or shears off when the torque exceeds a certain point on the nut. This leaves behind the conical nut, which is very difficult to grip and remove.
How do shear nuts work?
The conical section of the shear nut is topped by a thin, threadless, standard hex nut that snaps, shears off, or breaks away when the torque exceeds a certain point on the nut. This leaves behind the conical nut, which is very difficult to grip and remove.
What is stainless steel good for?
Stainless steel is good for general purpose applications, especially those involving water or freshwater. Suppose you need stainless steel for more corrosive environments, such as marine or salt-water applications. In that case, we recommend the 316 grade of stainless steel.
Can I use stainless steel nuts with bolts of a different metal?
Depends on the material. Some materials, such as zinc plated steel, are safe to mix with stainless steel. However, aluminum is not safe to use because it risks galvanic corrosion of the materials. We recommend keeping like-metals together in applications.