Tag Archives: A449

A449 Marking Requirements

What are the marking requirements for A449 bolts?

The ASTM A449 specification is somewhat ambiguous when it comes to the marking requirements. While the requirements are perfectly clear for hex bolts and studs, the verbiage doesn’t address head styles other than hex head, other bolt configurations such as U-bolts, or rods with threads on each end. ASTM A449, Section 16.1, Manufacturers Identification reads as follows:... Read more

High Strength Carriage Bolts

Can a carriage bolt be supplied to the A325 specification?

Technically, carriage bolts cannot be manufactured to the A325 specification. The A325 specification in section 1.1 states, “This specification covers two types of quench and tempered steel heavy hex structural bolts.” Section 1.5 states, “This specification is applicable to heavy hex structural bolts only. For bolts with other configurations and thread lengths with similar mechanical... Read more

ASTM F1554 Grade 55

Grade 5 or A449 vs F1554 Grade 55

Can I substitute Grade 5 or A449 bolts for F1554 grade 55 bolts?

In most circumstances the answer is no. For Grade 5 the answer is never. Although, Grade 5 meets the minimum yield requirements of F1554gr55, the minimum tensile requirements exceed the maximum tensile requirements in all cases. A449 is similar in regards to meeting the minimum yield strength of F1554 Grade 55 across the board but... Read more

ASTM A325 vs A449

I have two items that use 1" bolts, one is ASTM A325 and the other is ASTM A449, I would like to just use one. Which is the one that meets or exceeds the other?

These bolts are identical with regard to strength and chemistry. There are very minor differences in the hardness requirements, but the proof load, tensile, and yield strength requirements are the same. From a manufacturing standpoint, we make these bolts using the same raw material and the same heat treating and production methods. Our strength by... Read more