FORGE FIX: Fixing gets smart

Trade professionals looking for a better way of fixing into decking now have a new solution to their needs thanks to ForgeFix.
The business, which ranks as one of the UK’s leading distributors of fixings, fastenings and associated products such as telescopic ladders and drill bits, has recently enhanced its TorxFast range.
This range already includes a number of intelligently designed woodscrews which ForgeFix markets as smarter fixing technology thanks to their innovative capabilities.
Now, a choice of larger screws which display similar levels of technical innovation and which have been designed specifically for decking fixing applications is also available.
Mike Smith, sales and marketing director at the business, explains: “As a company, ForgeFix prides itself on offering innovative and value-adding solutions to common fixing and fastening challenges.
“It’s this focus which led to the initial introduction of TorxFast – a brand of screw which brings together a range of cleverly engineered features never before encountered in the same product at the same time.
“The introduction of our new TorxFast decking screws aims to build on that. It stays true to the TorxFast brand values of utilising intelligent design and the latest technological advances to make fixing into decking quicker, cleaner and easier than ever before.”
Specific features offered by the TorxFast decking screw include an innovative spiral shank which employs DIN338 technology. More commonly found on high speed twist drills, this technology has been developed to ensure a faster and more efficient insertion into a wide range of substrates.
In addition, the shank removes rather than displaces the swarf created by the screw’s insertion. As a result, TorxFast decking screws enable fixing much closer to the edge of the substrate with less risk of splitting. This issue can be a real and repeat problem with hardwood decking.
TorxFast decking screws also employ a partial thread which helps to reduce ‘jacking’ when used in timber-to-timber fixing applications as a well as a green RUSPERT  corrosion resistant surface treatment. This ultra-durable finish provides weather-beating performance that has been salt spray tested to an impressive 1000 hours.
Further benefits include a high pull out value when used in timber that flexes or moves though use such as under regular foot traffic or because of changes in environmental conditions like temperature or moisture levels.
Plus, like all products within the TorxFast range, the new decking screws have a Torx head which enables a firmer drive as well as higher torque levels to be achieved with a reduced risk of cam-out. Every box of TorxFast decking screw also includes a free Torx bit.
Six TorxFast decking screw sizes are available – 4.5 x 50mm, 4.5 x 60mm, 4.5 x 75mm, 5.0 x 100mm, 5.0 x 120mm and 6.0 x 150mm.
Mike Smith concludes: “TorxFast woodscrews have become a firm favourite with a wide range of customers with many people who have tried the product refusing to go back to using anything else.
“The introduction of the TorxFast decking screw will continue that track record and ensures end-users can enjoy the benefit of smarter fixing technology across a range of different and diverse applications. There are also further enhancements and additions planned for the TorxFast brand over the coming months.”

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