What Should be Used to Screw Broadheads

Bow-hunting is a thrilling and exciting hobby for those who enjoy it. One of the most important tools required for this thrilling pastime activity is a broadhead arrow. Broadhead arrows aka broadheads are primarily used for hunting big game. This is because they are sharp and they are pretty much deadly on impact. To be able to hunt big game, you should have a good understanding of how to use broadheads (including how to screw them on).

This is why we made this post. In it, we will discuss in detail information about broadheads to enable you to know them like the back of your hand.


Types of broadheads

To really understand how to screw on broadheads, you must know the types of broadheads available on the market.

  • Mechanical Blades
  • Fixed Blades
  • Detachable Blades

Mechanical blades

Mechanical blades are broadheads characterized by their retractable ability. These arrowheads retract when in motion and then expand once they land on the prey. They are extremely deadly when shot properly. They are normally shot using relatively heavy bows to ensure they reach the target with good power.

Fixed blades

Fixed blades are old/ancient broadheads. They are called fixed because the arrowheads are permanently attached (using glue or soldering) and cannot be removed. They are usually cheap and can be shot even by relatively lightweight bows.

Detachable blades

Detachable blade broadheads are broadheads that can be removed or replaced once they become blunt or old. The detachable blade can be replaced as many times as desired. This type of arrowheads are perfect for those who want their arrowheads to always be sharp and lethal.

What to use to screw on broadheads

One major point about the broadheads are the sharpness of them. In addition, there are a number of things that can be used to secure a broadhead to the top of the shaft of an arrow. Here are some of them.

1. Hot Glue

This is one of the best ways to secure a broadhead to the shaft of an arrow. A lot of hunters love this method mainly for its availability and efficacy. Hot glue works well with fixed broadheads without a screw-in design. The arrowheads fix and attach much better. In case you are worried about how to remove glued on arrowheads, do not be. You can use heating to remove them quickly.

Even though this is a traditional approach of securing a broadhead to an arrow’s shaft, hot gluing has its advantages. One of the main reasons why hot glue is a favorite among many people is that it allows for easy removal of the broadhead. You should, however, keep in mind that heating a broadhead to detach it can result in damage. Therefore, it is important to exercise caution when detaching a hot glued broadhead.

Note that some broadheads do not have a ceramic covering. When detaching such broadheads, extra care should be observed to avoid damaging the broadhead’s finishing. Rather than using a heat torch, you can use an alcohol burner to remove the broadhead. The heat generated by a torch could destroy the tip of the broadhead. An alcohol burner, on the other hand, generates ample heat and makes sure that the composition of the glue is maintained.

Below are some of the pros and cons of using hot glue to attach broadheads:


  • Easy to attach and detach the broadhead
  • Alignment of the broadhead after attachment to the arrow’s shaft is easy
  • This method has been in use for a very long time and is this tested and confirmed


  • Since the glue is hot, chances of burning it are really high
  • The method cannot be used without a heating device and a glue gun
  • High heat can result in damage of the broadhead

2. Cold Glue

This is another effective way of connecting your broadhead to the arrow shaft. Even though it is a somewhat new option, this technique has its pros.  The process involved in securing a broadhead using cold glue is similar to using hot glue. The main difference between the two options is that cold glue immediately sets in as soon as it is applied.

Cold glue is ideal for archers taking part in competitions or tournaments. It, however, takes a significant amount of time to insert. If the cold glue you purchase is accompanied by a manual, it will contain details on how much time is required for the glue’s insertion.

It is not very easy to remove a broadhead that has been attached using cold glue. This is mainly because you might have to purchase certain chemicals to detach the arrowhead. These chemicals can be expensive making this method less preferable.

Cold gluing, nonetheless, also has some advantages. One of the top advantages is the ability of the glue to withstand high impact. The strength of cold glue is just impeccable! And if you are a bow-hunter, this is actually the best way of securing your broadhead.

Below are some of the pros and cons of using cold glue to attach broadheads:


  • The glue immediately sets after application
  • Application is straightforward and easy
  • There is not any risk of damage to the arrow’s broadhead
  • It is completely safe to use


  • Detaching the broadhead from the arrow shaft is almost impossible. This means that it is only suitable for use on fixed broadheads
  • It is susceptible to cracking given that glue becomes brittle once it solidifies
  • Aligning the broadhead to the shaft after glue application is an impossible undertaking


Successful hunting or archery is about how well you understand the equipment that you are using with safe keeping. You need to know what to use when attaching your broadhead to the shaft of your arrow. All in all, how you screw your broadhead will affect the success of your shot.

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