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What is a nutsetter?

What is a nutsetter

A nut setter is a machine accessory used to lock metal and self-tapping screws. Nutsetters drive fasteners on the edges without putting pressure on the corners when turning. It reduces fastener corner stripping and damage.

Why are Nutsetters Used?

Nut setters are inserted into an impression driver or machine instead of getting used as a screwdriver. Usually, nut setters are used for driving lag bolts or lag screws with an impression driver. At Benchmark Abrasives, we provide a variety of Magnetic Nut Setters.

A nut driver may be a tool for tightening nuts and bolts. It essentially consists of a socket attached to a shaft and cylindrical handle and is analogous in appearance and use to a screwdriver. They typically have a hollow shaft to accommodate a shank onto which a nut is threaded.

A nut setter may be a machine accessory designed to lock metal and self-tapping screws.

Types of Nutsetter

There are four types of Nut Setters:

Hex nut setters: It is used to drive fasteners using the corners to drive. An excessive amount of pressure on the corners, however, may result in corner stripping. It is also called a standard nut setter.

Lobular nut setters: It is used to drive fasteners on the edges without putting pressure on the corners. It reduces corner stripping and damage and provides corner clearance where paint can build up.

Impact and torsion nut setters: They are designed to face the acute torque produced by modern cordless drills and impact drivers 

Spring-loaded nut setters: Spring-loaded nut setters are designed to combat common problems caused by standard nut setters. The new EAB spring-loaded nut setters have magnetic holders that flex back and forth so that they can easily accommodate a spread of screws/fasteners with different heights of the head. No matter the peak of the screw/fastener you're using, the magnet inside the nut setter will flex back or forward to accommodate it.

Tips for Using Nutsetter

  • Be careful not to overtighten your screw/fastener—doing so can strip the threads of the fabric you're screwing into or the top of the screw/fastener itself.
  • Preferably use a variable speed drill with a variable clutch; this may offer you more control over your fastening operation. If using an impression driver, be particularly careful to not over-tighten
  • If you've tried employing a nut setter to tighten a nut on an extended threaded bolt (e.g., a carriage bolt), you'll have discovered that the nut setter isn't deep enough to permit you to screw the nut all the way. To realize perfect results, use an EAB socket adapter and a typical socket. It allows you to tighten the nut due to the greater depth completely.
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