Screwing in Style: Know What Should Be Used to Screw on Broadheads

Find out what should be used to screw on broadheads and how to do it properly. Learn the best tools and techniques for attaching and securing your broadheads for optimal hunting performance.

Do you love your arrows and looking for the best way to attach broadheads to them? Whether it's for target practice or hunting, making sure that your broadhead is securely attached to the shaft of your arrow is essential. But what should be used to screw and secure the broadhead?

In this blog post, we'll discuss the importance of attaching broadheads properly and provide an overview of the different options available when it comes to screwing a broadhead onto your arrows.

We'll also provide tips on how to determine which type of screw will work best for your needs. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s get started!

Overview of different options for screwing a broadhead onto an arrow shaft

Arrows are essential tools for archers and bowhunters, and understanding how to attach a broadhead to the arrow shaft is an important part of having a successful and enjoyable experience. The most important thing to remember is that the head should be firmly secured and seated correctly. Here's a look at three of the most popular methods:

Glue-on Broadheads

This is a traditional method for attaching broadheads and field points to arrows using hot or cold glue. Glue-on broadheads typically consist of small steel plates that are inserted into the end of an arrow shaft with pre-applied adhesive.

This method is relatively easy and efficient and is ideal for wooden arrows. But it can be difficult to remove the broadhead if needed. Additionally, some varieties of glue may not hold up well over time or in wet conditions.

Screw-In Point Adapters

This is the most common method in modern arrows and allows users to install prefabricated points directly into their arrows without having to do any modifications themselves. Modern broadheads and arrows made of carbon fiber or metal come with threads that help you to attach your broadheads easily and securely. Additionally, they make exchanging points incredibly simple – all you need is a broadhead wrench or even pliers!

Push-In Adapters

These offer another easy way to attach and secure your broadhead to your arrow shaft. Simply insert your shaft into the adapter and push it until it's fully seated. Once secured, you can then simply glue or tape your broadhead in place.

Tapered Inserts

Tapered inserts provide a secure fit between the broadhead and the arrow shaft. Inserts come in several sizes so you can find one that fits your arrow shaft best. They are screwed into the end of an arrow and then a broadhead is inserted into them and held in place with glue or tape.

Tips on how to determine which type of screw is best for your needs

When it comes to choosing the right screw for fastening your broadhead to an arrow shaft, there are a few factors that should be taken into consideration. Here are some tips on what to look out for when making your choice:


Make sure you pick a screw that is an appropriate size for your arrow shaft. If the screw is too big or too small, it may not secure the head properly and could cause damage or affect accuracy.


The material of the screw is important because it will determine how much strength and durability it has. Some common materials used for screws include titanium, stainless steel, and aluminum alloys. Consider your project's requirements before selecting a material.


It's important to choose a screw that won't strip or break easily under tension during shooting. Look for screws that are designed to withstand wear and tear over time without losing strength and can be resharpened easily.

Thread Pitch

The thread pitch of a screw refers to the distance between each thread along its length and affects how tight it can be screwed in place safely. Choose a thread pitch that allows you to secure your broadhead without overtightening and causing damage or stripped threads.

Head Design

The head design of a screw is also important since each style has its own advantages and disadvantages. Select a head design based on what type of tool you plan to use for installation.

By taking time to consider these factors, you can ensure that you choose a method that fits perfectly and securely fastens your broadhead onto your arrow shaft!

Step-by-step guide on how to attach a Broadhead

Using Glue to Attach Broadhead

Installing glue-on broadheads:

  1. First, clean the arrow shaft and the inside of the hollow broadhead thoroughly with a degreaser or rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the end of the arrow shaft where the broadhead will be attached. It's important to use a high-quality, waterproof adhesive specifically designed for attaching broadheads.
  3. Heat the broadhead before attaching it. The heat will cause the glue to melt and create a secure grip.
  4. Press the broadhead firmly onto the arrow shaft and hold it in place for a few minutes, or as directed by the adhesive manufacturer, to allow the glue to cure.
  5. Allow the adhesive to dry completely, typically 24 hours, before using the arrow.

Installing screw-in broadheads:

  1. Check that the broadhead is properly sized for the arrow shaft you are using.
  2. Clean the arrow shaft thoroughly with a degreaser or rubbing alcohol to remove any dirt or debris.
  3. Use a broadhead wrench designed for this purpose specialized for this purpose.
  4. Start by inserting the broadhead onto the arrow shaft until it fits snugly but without over-tightening.
  5. Next, to tighten the connection even more securely, turn the blades of the broadhead while holding firmly the arrow with your hands, this will prevent them from spinning too fast and damaging your arrow shaft.
  6. Lastly, test that the connection is complete and secure by sliding off any excess material creating line-up marks in addition to tugging on both ends of the arrow firmly before attempting to shoot it!
broadhead wrench
You need a reliable broadhead wrench to successfully screw your broadhead

Installing Broadheads with Adapters

Installing Broadheads with Adapters
You can use Adaptors to secure broadheads on your arrow even if they are not natively compatible

Using adapters to attach broadheads is a popular method, especially with modern arrows that have a smaller diameter shaft. Adapters are typically small, threaded inserts that are glued or pressed into the arrow shaft.

They allow you to use broadheads that have a larger thread pattern or screw size than the arrow shaft. The method combines the above two methods, where you have to fix the adaptor on your arrow shaft first. Then with the help of a broadhead wrench fix the broadhead tip on your adaptor.

Safety tips when Screwing Up Broadheads

Safety should always be a top priority when attaching broadheads to your arrow. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure a safe and successful installation:

  • Make sure to always wear protective gear when attaching broadheads, such as gloves and safety glasses. Broadheads are extremely sharp and can cause serious injury if handled improperly. Avoid holding the ferrules with your bare hands when tightening them.
  • Never attach broadheads while the arrow is in a bow or any other type of launcher. This can cause the arrow to fire accidentally and can result in serious injury or death.
  • Always ensure that the broadhead is securely and properly attached to the arrow before using it. A loose or improperly attached broadhead can cause the arrow to fly off course and can lead to injury or damage to property.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings when attaching broadheads. Make sure to work in a safe, well-lit area, and never point the arrow or broadhead at anyone or anything you don't intend to shoot.

By following these safety tips, you can ensure a successful and safe installation of your broadheads every time. Always remember to handle broadheads with care and caution.

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Final Thoughts

Broadheads are an essential part of any archer's equipment and need to be securely attached in order to ensure accuracy when shooting. Depending on your broadhead, whether you are using glue or a screw-in method, it is important that the broadhead is firmly secured so that it does not come off during flight. With proper installation techniques, you can make sure that your arrow will fly true every time!

And if you're in the market for top-notch broadheads, make sure to check out our comprehensive articles on the best fixed and mechanical models available. You will be well on your way toward achieving maximum success on the field!