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How to Install Hex Drive Threaded Inserts for Softwood

Artificial wood products, such as medium density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard and flakeboard, and softwood products made from spruce or pine, have their uses in daily life. However, attaching hardware to projects made from these materials can be difficult. Softwood threaded inserts for plywood, particleboard, MDF and more are designed to cope with the refined wooden grains that make up these materials. With specially designed interrupted knife threads, a threaded insert for softwood can easily cut into soft material while maintaining high grip and resistance for removal.

Typically referred to as Type D (flanged) and Type E (Flush), E-Z LOK hex drive threaded inserts for softwood provide durable, sturdy machine threads for softer materials. Softwood threaded inserts are ideal for any application where assembly or disassembly could lead to heavy erosion or stripping.

How You Can Use Threaded Inserts for Softwood

E-Z LOK hex drive threaded inserts for particleboard, MDF, softwoods and more feature broad external threads designed for exceptional holding power for various projects. Flanged and flush drive threaded inserts are available in a wide variety of lengths and internal thread sizes to meet your application's specific needs. Each hex drive threaded insert is die-cast from durable zinc alloy – providing your projects with strength you can depend on for years.

But what can you use softwood threaded inserts for? E-Z LOK hex drive inserts are perfect as:

  • MDF Fasteners
  • Particleboard Anchors
  • Chipboard Inserts

And, can be used for projects such as:

  • Ready-to-Assemble Furniture
  • Display Cases
  • Drawer Pulls
  • Crating

Proper Installation of Hex Drive Threaded Inserts for Softwood

To install E-Z LOK hex drive threaded inserts, \start by drilling the specified hole size corresponding to your insert size. Then, you can turn in the insert with an Allen wrench or E-Z LOK drive tool.

Type E (flushed) inserts are designed to be installed below the surface, while Type D (flanged) inserts provide a consistent surface-level installation. If you are looking for additional pull-out resistance, flanged inserts can be installed from the back, and the fastener can be threaded into the non-flanged end.

What Type of Internal Thread Is Better for Softer Materials?

The internal threads of E-Z LOK hex drive threaded inserts for softwoods come in a wide variety of sizes and types – so which size is best for soft materials? It's simple really, the larger the teeth of the insert, the better the holding power. You can choose a smaller size for extremely soft materials such as particleboard to still give you a powerful hold. You should select something larger for more robust materials such as pine and plywood for stronger holding power. At E-Z LOK, we give you the power to choose the size that best matches your application.

Browse E-Z LOK Hex Drive Softwood Threaded Inserts Today

Get started on your newest softwood project today with E-Z LOK hex drive threaded inserts for softwoods. Browse our entire selection, and find the type and size that matches your unique project and industry. Hex drive threaded inserts are the best fasteners for MDF, particleboard, plywood, pine and many more manufactured and softwoods. When you find what you need, locate your nearest distributor to place your first order and get started on your project right away.

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