Where do BSF nuts go?

Has anyone been cruising the Med on their yacht recently?

No? Well truth be told neither have we, but recently TSF Glasgow supplied ¾ BSF nuts to Arrowhead Products in the USA for “The Blue Guitar” the yacht formerly owned by Eric Clapton!

The yacht, British made, required the hard to find BSF thread for repairs inside the cabin and being unable to source in the USA we were able to  save the day and supply from our huge stocks of BSW/BSF threads.

We keep the largest stocks of Imperial British Threads in the UK so large or small (famous connection or not!) we are waiting for your SOS!


Thoroughbred Classic Barn Find Car Restoration: part 1

This pictures show our classic car under wraps in a barn where it has been stored from 1998 to 2009 .

The picture below indicates the classic origins of this car which was built in Italy in 1972 and is one of only 50 RHD’s that the factory built.

The car is garaged in a shed next to a winning thoroughbred race horse – which will be the better performer? How many horsepower in the Italian connection?

Follow the story on this site to learn more about our Maranello thoroughbred and the story of this genuine barn find.

Thomas Smith Fasteners Live on BBC Radio


BBC Radio contacted Thomas Smith Fasteners to ask if they would give their opinion on UK manufacturing as the country comes out of recession.

Tim Garton, MD, was involved in a live interview on Richard Bacon’s Radio 5 show.

It was an honour for the BBC to contact Thomas Smith Fasteners, and to be involved in the show.

Thomas Smith Fasteners in Glasgow – Celebrating 25 Years

Celebrating 25 Years – Thomas Smith  Fasteners started with a small office & warehouse situated within Lanarkshire Bolt Ltd in Bertram Street, Burnbank.

Since the unfortunate  closure of Lanarkshire Bolt in 2002 the business re-located to 14 Forrest Street in Blantyre.

At the helm is Caroline MacLachlan, who has been involved since the start and is assisted by Sheila Park who has been with the business for nearly 23 years.

The Warehouse and Sales Counter have been supervised by Jamie Nicol for 18 years.    Accumulatively  there is a wealth of experience within the depot.

Over the years, the Business has grown from stocking a basic range of Bolts & Nuts to a complete range of Fixings & Fasteners in Stainless Steel and 10.9 High Tensile.

Focus on Customer requirements has increased the range to include Drills, Hacksaw Blades, Jubilee Clips & Abrasive Discs along with various Kits containing an  assortment of Screws etc.

With the support of our loyal customers we give thanks and look forward to many more years of service to the Industry.


Thomas Smith Fasteners – Bolts from Wigan to China

uk supplier exports fasteners to china

Thomas Smith Fasteners has recently experienced further export success by supplying imperial fasteners to China.

Manager Gary Stevens said: ‘We are pleased to receive orders from China & over the last few years we have exported to more than 40 countries worldwide. Recently we have found that we are getting more enquiries for British made products and with our manufacturing facilities on site we are able to supply to customer requirements with all the relevant certificates. This shows that overseas customers still have confidence in the high quality of British manufacture. The order we received from China was to replace all the old fasteners in a British made milling machine. The old bolts were BSW and BSF imperial threadforms which we could make within the specified delivery of 2 weeks’.

The company’s main sales base is in the Greater Manchester area. Thomas Smith Fasteners holds large stocks of metric & imperial fasteners, offering a 24-hour turnaround service with specials manufactured to order.

Fasteners for the professional engineer and home enthusiast in Scotland

mixed fastener kits scotland glasgow

Jamie Nicol, Warehouse Manager at Thomas Smith Fasteners in Glasgow, is pictured above with the latest addition to the range at TSF Scotland – a wide selection of pre-packed fastener kits.

The various assorted kits include bolts, nuts, screws, washers and other fasteners in steel and stainless steel, and self colour and plated. These mixed packs are extremely handy for both the professional engineer and the home enthusiast.

To order, or for more information, simply call our sales team in Glasgow on 01698 826464.

Fasteners for Motor Racing – Tom White at Oulton Park in 1977 Crossle FF

tom white 1977 crossle formula ford fasteners

Last year, we posted this blog entry about supplying the fasteners for a fantastic 1977 Crossle 33F Formula Ford 2 Litre racing car, to be driven by Tom White, then aged 16. We supplied many different fasteners for this car, from socket screws to hexagon bolts, nuts and washers, and thought we’d update on Tom’s progress!

A year on, Tom is now 17 and recently completed a hillclimb in the car. He has now also completed his first track race at the Oulton Park Gold Cup. The picture at the top of the article shows race day.

Tom posted the fastest time in the wet practice session, which is pictured below. A great achievement, especially as it was his first time driving around Oulton Park!

oulton park formula ford bolts and nuts

Tom will be racing again at Brands Hatch at the end of September. Next year, he is hoping to complete a full racing season.

crossle formula ford engine fasteners

All of us at Thomas Smith Fasteners would like to wish Tom the best of luck in his future racing endeavours!

Imperial nuts and bolts are extensively used in classic vehicles like this one, and we hold the UK’s largest stocks. We offer a wide range of fasteners with metric and imperial threadforms (BSF, BSW, UNC, UNF). If you’d like to know more about what we can offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01942 520260.


BSW and BSF nuts and bolts – UK’s largest stocks and special manufacture

As you may be aware, many UK distributors are now discontinuing BSF and BSW (Whitworth) bolts and nuts.

We still carry the UK’s largest stocks of BSW and BSF, and our onsite manufacturing facilities enable us to produce specials to customer specification.

You can purchase BSW and BSF bolts on our online shop.

If you have volume enquiries, or for any items not listed, we can help. Please do not hesitate to contact our technical sales staff on 01942  520260.

Stainless steel – Machining socket cap screws from hexagon bolts

Alongside our vast range of standard fasteners, our on-site special manufacturing capabilities enable us to manufacture and modify fasteners to the customer’s exact drawing or specification.

hex bolts stainless steel socket cap screws

We are capable of producing long length, large diameter bolts in most materials including A4-80 Stainless Steel.  The above picture shows 7/8″ UNC x 2.7/8″ A4-80 socket cap screws that have been machined from M30 x 100 hexagon bolts, shown in the order of the process from the original hexagon bolt through to the finished socket cap screw.

I will describe the process, which mainly takes place on a CNC machine in our workshop:

cnc machining

We start off with the M30 stainless steel hexagon bolt, pictured below:

hexagon bo0lt a4-80 stainless steel

First, the shank is machined.  It is turned down to the required diameter of 7/8″ using the CNC and then a UNC threadform is cut, producing the fastener in the picture below:

hex bolt cnc machined

Next, the head is machined to produce the rounded cap screw shape:

cap screw a4-80 machined

Finally, the socket is created using a spark eroder, giving the finished product:

socket cap screw a4-80 stainless steel

All of the production described is carried out on-site. Alongside our huge range of standard fasteners and fixings, we have extensive stocks of semi-finished blanks, and can also forge and machine from scratch.

We can provide a 24-hour turnaround service to meet your urgent requirements.

special bolt manufacturing

We take pride in the quality of our fasteners as well as the service we provide, and are fully accredited to ISO 9001:2008.  In-house quality testing facilities are available, enabling us to undertake tensile and hardness testing, microscopic investigation, ultrasound scanning and full metallurgical reporting.

bolts tensile testing

Contact us or telephone our technical sales staff on 01942 520260 and we’ll be happy to assist with any requirements you may have.