What Should be Used to Screw on Broadheads?

Basit Ali Chaudhary

The right arrow and broadhead combination for big game hunting can make all the difference in a successful hunt. As any experienced hunter would tell you, it’s crucial to use the proper equipment to ensure accuracy, penetration, and, most importantly, safety. Arrows with bigger blades generate greater cutting diameter; hence having a durable broadhead with the sufficient size is critical in order to harvest big game. 

You can use a wrench to screw on broadhead for your safety and during the process of connecting arrow shaft to broadhead. Also it is safe to screw the broadhead with wrench during travel for added protection. You can also use an arrow box which will hold the arrows and will provide you further convenience.

The broadhead should be sharp, durable, and strong to be able to penetrate deeper. Additionally, it’s important to remember to sharpen its blades before heading out into the field. You can also use hot or cold glue to tighten the broadhead to the shaft. 

In this blog post, I will discuss four methods that are very useful in tightening the broadheads to the shaft. 

1- Using Hot Glue

2- Using Cold / Normal Glue

3- Tying

4- Riveting

I will also discuss safety measures that should be taken during the tightening process. Let’s analyze the methods to screw broadheads:

Methods to Screw Broadhead

1- Using Hot Glue

You can use hot glue to tighten broadheads. It’s a convenient way since it is easy to apply and ensures that the pieces stay firmly together. And although it can be used with both fixed and detachable heads, you must reheat it in order to remove the broadhead, which carries the risk of spoiling it if not done carefully. To minimize this danger, make sure you only use moderate to low heat. As a tip you can also use spirit lamp that will help keep things safe while still loosening up the hot glue enough so that you can remove the head without damaging it.

Although hot glue is an effective way, it has some cons as well with its pros.

Pros & Cons


  • Easy to use 
  • Convenient
  • Cost-effective
  • Tested method 


  • You risk damaging your broadhead
  • You will need to buy a glue gun

2- Tying

Tying is another way to properly fasten the broadheads. Tying an arrowhead to a shaft is a simple process, and it usually consists of tying the arrowhead securely with nylon rope or through a metal ring. 

Oftentimes, hunters pay close attention to the design of the broadhead rather than the tying process, but it is essential that one doesn’t treat this as a mere formality. 

A poorly-tied broadhead could be dangerous if it were to slip off during the hunt – both for the hunter and the target can be missed easily as well. 

3- Riveting

You can also use a rivet for tightening broadheads. This is a great choice for those looking to attach a broadhead arrow to a shaft quickly and efficiently. All you need to get started is the broadhead wrench and a screw, you will place the arrow in the wrench, and then you will rotate it over the screw with the arrow rod.


Normally broadheads come with a manual with all instructions to tight it properly.

4- Using Cold Glue

Instead of hot glue, cold glue can also be a handy option to tighten your broadhead. Although the type of glue may be changed, the process remains the same. 

Just like hot glue has pros and cons, the use of cold glue also has positive and negative effects.

Pros & Cons


  • It dries quickly and can be manipulated with ease
  • Safe and reliable choice
  • Dry instantly
  • Easy to apply 
  • Much firmer hold


  • It can only be used on fixed broadheads only
  • It can also easily crack as the adhesive compound becomes brittle 

Broadhead Safety Tips

Broadhead can cut your fingers, and if not used carefully, it can lead to potential injuries as well especially for beginners.

1- Use a Wrench

wrench for broadhead

The best method to prevent cuts and injuries from sharp broadhead is to use a wrench. When it comes to putting on or taking off broadheads, screwing them by hand can be a hassle. Thankfully, the use of a wrench can make this process much easier and more efficient. 

Wrenches are designed for broadheads and have a multi-groove opening that can accommodate any fixed blade broadhead, making them incredibly versatile. They’re lightweight and compact enough, and they will fit in your pocket, case, or pack easily. They can also be suitable for 2,3,4 blade broadheads.

Even better, it’s also easy to grip and offers protection to your fingers when tightening or loosening your broadheads. Your broadhead will fit into it easily.

2- Use an Arrow Box

Another easy option is to buy an arrow box that has a built-in handle to tighten the broadhead. These boxes also have plastic cylinders that are suitable for getting the job done. 

Other Safety Tips

Injury prevention is a crucial part of the bowhunting process, and there are some important steps one should never forget. 

  •  In addition, when sharpening broadheads, be sure to stroke it away from your body and hands.
  • Furthermore, it’s also delightful to keep broadheads out of sight and carefully cover them with quivers while traveling.

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