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What are pan head screws?

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Pan head screws are metal fasteners that have a slightly rounded tops, short, cylindrical sides and flat bottoms, which are also called bearing surfaces. Pan head screws can be substituted for round-, binding- or truss-headed screws.

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Pan head screws are made for different fastening applications, including machinery, wood, thread cutting, sheet metal and concrete. Made with slotted or crosscut tops, pan head screws provide greater thickness at the circumference that makes them easier to grip with drill bits or screwdrivers. When fully sunk, the heads of pan head screws rest above the surface the material, so they are not suitable in situations where the screws need to sit flush with the surface. Many types of bolts also contain pan-shaped heads.

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