What is threaded rod?
Simply put, threaded rod is just a length of metal rod which is threaded from end to end, hence the alternative name of “all thread”. Other names used are threaded bar and threaded stud – they are all the same thing.
Available in a wide variety of types, lengths and materials, threaded rod is one of the most versatile products available for fastening materials together. Typically used to fasten wood and metal objects together, they can also be inserted into wood or concrete, to add stability. They may also be used in plumbing applications.
Popular uses for threaded rods
Threaded rods are a popular, versatile product that can be found across a number of industries including electrical, agricultural and construction.
They are ideal for industries where corrosive conditions are an issue; finding a home in plant maintenance and other areas that involve high levels of humidity.
Lengths of allthread can also be found where cleanliness and an aesthetically pleasing appearance are necessary, such as in the plumbing and contractor fields.
Other types of threaded rod are located within medical, maintenance and machinery industries due to their anti-corrosive nature.
Types of threaded bar
Threaded bar is most commonly supplied with a right-hand thread (where a clockwise rotation will tighten). Left-hand threaded bar is also available for situations where vibration might cause a right-hand thread to loosen. We can also supply threaded rod with threads at the ends only, or with left/right threads at opposite ends, for specific applications.
Different thread styles are also available, including ACME (or Trapezium) thread, which have a 29° angle and provide a high load bearing capacity,
Threaded rod material types
Threaded rods are available in a wide range of materials, including various grades (4.8, 5.8, 8.8, 10.9 and 12.9) of steel, as well as A2 Stainless Steel and A4 Stainless Steel.
Brass, titanium and aluminium threaded rods are also popular, and nylon is increasing in popularity as it is a cost-effective option that is sturdy and lightweight, as well as non-corrosive.
We can supply threaded rods in a wide range of exotic materials too, many of which are supplied from stock.
How threaded bar is cut to size
Threaded bar is usually supplied in one-metre lengths, with some also available from stock in two-metre and three-metre lengths. Should longer lengths be required, these can be made to order.
The bar can be cut down to a specific length by using either an abrasive or cold cutting saw. A cold cutting blade provides a significantly quicker finish than an abrasive blade, due to the rough edge left by the latter.
Should an abrasive blade be used, the next step is to remove the rough edge left by cutting the rod, often done by using a grinding wheel to smooth out the cut end.
Following this, any angle cutting or chamfering that is required is done – and this helps to ease the fastening of a nut onto the rod.
What type of threaded rod do you need?
We stock threaded rods in a wide range of materials, lengths and thread diameters, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, just tell give us your specification and we can make to order. If you’re unsure, please call us for advice.