Easily Installed and Removed by Hand
Wing Nuts feature two protruding wings on either side of the nut to tighten or loosen by hand. Wing Nuts are commonly seen on assemblies that require adjustment or are not permanent. They are also used when convenience is a driving factor.
Flange Wing Nuts
Flange wing nuts, or washer base wing nuts, are variations of traditional wing nuts. These wing nuts feature an additional integrated smooth washer, effectively combining a flat washer with a wing nut. The flange portion helps to distribute pressure from the fastener assembly over a wider surface area. This allows for an even more straightforward installation and removal by removing the need for a washer.
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.
For much more corrosive environments, such as in saltwater or marine applications, 316 stainless steel is the ideal choice. 316 Stainless steel is equivalent to A4 stainless steel.
Zinc Plated Steel
Zinc is by far the most common and economical type of plating for fasteners. The zinc plating adds a protective "sacrificial" top layer against corrosion while also adding a shiny finish to the fastener. Zinc plating is ideal for indoor use where it won't be constantly exposed to harsh elements.
Zamak Zinc Alloy
Zamak is a zinc alloy family. The most common, Zamak 3, is an alloy of zinc and aluminum and the de facto choice for die casting. Zamak alloy has an excellent balance of physical and mechanic properties, superb castability, and long-term dimensional stability.
Brass is an alloy made of copper and zinc. The color of brass can vary from dark to light based on the zinc content; more zinc content produces lighter brass. Brass is prized for its appearance and is often used decoratively. However, it is quite soft, so it is not suitable for all applications. Brass conducts electricity and is also a good conductor of heat.
How is a wing nut designed to be tightened?
Wing nuts are designed to be tightened with your fingers. They can also be tightened using special wing nut drivers that are compatible with power tools.
How do you use wing nuts?
Wing nuts should be used in applications where the workpiece needs to be frequently changed or moved.
What is a butterfly nut?
A butterfly nut is a nut with wing-like protrusions on either side, intended to be fastened by hand. It's another name for a wing nut.
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.
What does 316 mean for stainless steel?
316 is a grade of stainless steel under the 300 series of stainless steel, including 303, 304, and 305. 316 Stainless Steel is distinct from these other grades because it is highly corrosive resistant and well suited to marine applications.
What is zinc plated steel?
Zinc plated steel is steel that goes through the process of adding a layer or coating of zinc to protect the steel from corrosion. The added layer of zinc sacrifices itself to keep the steel from rusting, even if the plating is damaged.
How strong is brass?
Brass is stronger and harder than copper, but not as strong or hard as steel. It has great formability and is resistant to saltwater corrosion.