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Author Archives: Fiona Hope


Each year in July Bolts & Industrial Supplies hold their Annual General Meeting, where the managers from each store get together to discuss company direction. Our General Manager, Andrew Rogers encourages his staff to “think outside of the square,” so when it came to holding this year’s meeting, Andrew and team surpassed themselves by doing exactly that, the meeting was held on a beach on the Gold Coast in a circle, under an awning!

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The Hex Nut


It is believed the manufacturing of nuts was first developed in the 1500’s in France, and were mostly used in the building of carriages and sleighs. Initially nuts were hand made by the local blacksmith in a square format. It wasn’t until the early 1800’s when an American company first developed a nut and bolt making machine that nuts were mass produced. Read More

Bathurst Branch

Bolts & Industrial Supplies – Bathurst Branch

It is now 8 months since we opened our Bathurst branch, servicing the Central West Tablelands. Since opening our doors, we have implemented our strategy to increase stock levels to accommodate the needs of our customers. Our extensive range of fasteners includes high tensile, mild steel, galvanised, stainless steel, structurals and brass in both metric and imperial.
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How To Use Lock Nuts

LOCK NUTS – Good Vibrations! More Like Shake Rattle & Roll

One of the constant dilemmas we have when working with fasteners, is how to ensure the bolt will stay in place when there is the element of vibration involved.

Let me introduce you to two alternatives; one being a good old faithful – 150 years of recognition in the industry must speak for itself, and the other, a more innovative approach.

The Lock Nut, often referred to as the Jam Nut combines 2 nuts to secure the bolt and has been used effectively for over a century. The art of the construction of the nuts is essential to produce good results, and is often the reason for ineffective locking. Read More

Stainless Steel – The Do’s and Don’ts

So you want a Stainless Steel bolt? Not a problem, we can supply you with that, but what we will also give you is a little bit of information you may find handy whilst working with this particular compound.

Stainless Steel is a steel alloy combined with a minimum 10% chromium content, renowned for it’s anti rust, low corrosion, anti tarnish and durability properties. Before you launch into purchasing this handy versatile component, let me explain certain complexities you may encompass and ways in which to avoid them. Read More

10 Handy Cleaning Tips

10 Handy Cleaning Tips

While most of us have general cleaning equipment handy (brooms, mops, sponges etc.) it’s always nice to have a few little tips and tricks up your sleeve! Read on to discover our list of 10 handy cleaning tips!

  1. While sweeping, avoid getting your broom wet. It can damage the bristles and shorten the life of your broom. If you have to wash your broom dry it upside down to prevent the bristles from becoming bent or damaged.
  2. If your glassware come out of your dish washer a little cloudy, fix the problem by adding about one teaspoon of Epsom Salts the next time you do a cycle. Your glasses should come out sparkling! Read More

Caster, Wheel, and Bearings Preventative Maintenance

Castor Maintenance

Simple preventative maintenance for your casters will greatly extend caster and wheel life. The following steps will help assure that your casters live up to your expectations and application requirements.

In many cases, caster and wheel products wear quickly by subjection to abusive or unreasonable demands. The most important factor in making your caster and wheel products last is choosing the correct caster for your needs. Talk to a member of the Bolts & Industrial team before making your initial purchase to ensure that you select the best caster to meet your material handling needs. Read More

Tips to Increase Battery Life

Battery Maintenance

Here are some handy little tips to help you increase battery life in your products!

  1. Store your batteries in the refrigerator in a sealed zip lock back. By storing alkaline batteries in a cool place, you will slow down the rate of chemical reaction and significantly increase their life span.
  2. If you’re storing your batteries in the fridge, always ensure that you allow them to warm up to room temperature before use. Read More
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