Are there any other "high strength" bolts other an A325, A449 or A490? Would SAE Grade 5 and 8 qualify?
The term “high strength” is a somewhat ambiguous fastener term. Most people in the industry would interpret the phrase “high strength” to refer to any bolt that has been quenched and tempered (heat treated) to develop its strength. Additionally, the ASTM specification F1554 Grade 55 is commonly referred to as being manufactured from a “high strength, low alloy steel”, even though this material is not heat treated. Any grades on our Strength Requirements by Grade Chart with a “Q & T” in the Material & Treatment Column undergo heat treatment and would be considered high strength by most people in the fastener industry. Both SAE J429 Grades 5 and 8 have been quenched and tempered and would be considered “high strength” by most.