What Should Be Used to Screw on Broadheads?

Broadheads are an essential part of an arrow. They are the core part that allows you to hit your target during a hunting task. Learning how to screw the broadheads gives you an advantage anytime. However, if you don’t know what to use to screw the broadheads, then you are not alone. This article enlightens you on the details about broadheads and what you can use to screw them.

What are Broadheads?

Broadheads are the sharp-pointed steel connected to the shaft of the arrow. They are pieces of steel with pointed tips connected to an arrow. They are often used during hunting to take a shot and wound a target (deer or other animals) with ease.

What are Broadheads

Types of Broadheads

Two types of broadheads are popular in the world of archery. They include:

Types of Broadheads

1. Fixed Broadheads

Fixed broadheads are the ancient types used in the early days of hunting. With no movable parts or adjustment screws, they cause unadulterated devastation as they hit their target swiftly. They come in various sizes and shapes and are often glued to the shaft. A basic advantage of this type is that you can reuse them if the broadheads are not broken or damaged after taking a shot. Some examples include the Carbon Express XT Dual Blades, Muzzy Bow Hunting Trocar, Muzzy Trocar 100 Grain, and more.

2. Mechanical or Expandable Blade Broadheads

As its name implies, mechanical broadheads operate mechanically. Here, its blade retracts before a shot but expands once it comes in contact with a target. Unlike fixed broadheads, they are faster, more accurate, and work best with a bow of at least fifty (50) pounds. Once the blade hits the target, it is triggered and starts to cut through it. Although they are not as durable as the fixed Ines, they are quite worth the shot. Examples of mechanical broadheads include the NAP Spitfire, Rage Hypodermic, Rage Bowhunting Crossbow X, and more.

What should be Used to Screw on Broadheads

There are different ways by which you can screw on broadheads. Some of them include:

Used to Screw on Broadheads

1. Screwing

This is an efficient way of attaching the broadheads to the arrow shaft. All you need are the screws and wrench that will fasten the broadheads to the shaft. Once you have these tools, you can handle the rest of the process. In some situations, a manual does come with the tools which can guide you on how to fasten them.

2. Tying

Tying is an old method of attaching broadheads to the shaft. Here, you can use a nylon rope or a ring to hold the broadhead around the shaft. However, this method is not effective as the broadhead can fall off from the shaft.

3. Gluing

Gluing is the most popular way of screwing on broadheads. It is an efficient technique that occurs in two ways – hot and cold glue.

Hot Glue

Hot Glue is a fast and effective way of attaching broadheads to a shaft. It works best for fixed broadheads rather than mechanical ones. Here, you can fasten the broadheads by using a heat source or glue gun to warm the glue and make it melt. Then, place a few drops on the broadhead, attach the shaft, warm it again to hold it tight. While warming it, ensure that you do not overheat the broadhead. Else, its hardness will reduce.

With this method, you can also remove or align the broadhead through a heat source (Torch, Spirit Lamp, Alcohol Burner). However, you should take extra precautions when using these tools. One of them is that you have to maintain a low heat during the process of removal. Besides, a heat source such as a torch can damage the broadhead. Instead of that, a spirit lamp or alcohol burner can perform a better job without damaging the broadheads. If the broadheads have a ceramic coating, then now the heat source can do a fantastic job.

  • It is an easy method for attaching broadheads to shafts.
  • The removal process is easy
  • It is convenient to use
  • Alignment is easy after attaching it to the shaft
  • It requires a heat source (glue gun or other heating appliance)
  • You may get burns during the process
  • Heating the broadheads can reduce the hardness of the steel or damage it

Cold Glue

This is another popular method of attaching broadheads to shafts. It is suitable for archers competing in a tournament. Here, you use an adhesive like super glue which works fast during the attachment. Unlike hot glue, this process can be tedious.

First, removing the broadhead is difficult. Once you have attached it to the shaft, that is the end unless you use some special chemicals. Irrespective of this, the removal process is very complicated.

Next, alignment can be a bit difficult as well. Once you don’t align it properly at the beginning of the attachment, then you may not get it all. Hence, you have to align the broadhead on the arrow shaft correctly as there is no going back.

If you are not in a hurry or a competition, it is better to use hot glue. It depends on your needs and the amount you have.

  • Easy and quick hardening process
  • Does not require many types of equipment
  • It is safe
  • Less damage occurs
  • Does not require a heat source
  • Alignment can be a bit difficult if you don’t get it right from the start
  • Complicated Removal Process


Broadheads can be screwed on in any way. Try any of the above-mentioned methods to get started.