How Wood-to-Metal Screws Work | Reamer Teks

Wood to Metal Screws – Reamer Teks

This screw is a not a well-known screw but to our educated contractors it is a necessary screw. The head on the Reamer Tek is normally flat with a phillips drive and the threads are finer, which means the screw will not turn faster than the drill bit and will prevent it from breaking, which costs time and money to everyone. This wood-to-metal screw can be used on both hardwoods and softwoods. There are wings on the bottom of this screw which break off when reaching the metal and allows the screw to drill out the wood and then connect to the metal. The good news is most of your projects do not need to be pre-drilled when using this wood to steel screw!

You can use these screws in all types of building projects, such as truck beds, trailer decks, four-wheeler trailers, and horse trailers, and even docks. These sheet metal to wood screws can also be used when building decks and metal joists. Once our contractors find out about the reamer tek screw, they continue to use them. It has become one of our best selling products.

Many of our customers come to us to ask questions about Reamer Teks before buying. Some of the most common questions are “Will it damage the wood?” “What sizes will I need?” Reamer Teks are specially designed not to damage the wood. Reamer Teks come in a variety of sizes for use in all your DIY products involving wood to metal. If you are not sure of the sizes you need, we have the specifications available to help you choose the right screw for you. Reamer Teks can be used in 16-gauge metal to 30-gauge metal. Some sizes may even be able to through 12 gauge metal.


Here is a helpful chart to determine what size wood to metal screw you need:

Reamer Tek wood to metal screws

Reamer Teks – Screws Best Kept Secret!

Reamer Teks – Screws Best Kept Secret!

There are several different types of self-tapping, self-drilling screws, commonly known as tek screws. Each serves its own purpose and deciding on the proper part for the job is critical in order for the screw to perform correctly.

One relatively unknown tek screw is the reamer tek. The reamer tek screw is the ultimate wood-to-steel fastener. The reamer tek screw typically has a flat head using a Philips drive. There are also ‘wings’ right above the drill bit tip. Reamer tek screws have been developed for the function of going through wood into steel. The screws are manufactured with wings which ream out the wood to prevent early thread engagement into the timber prior to the drill point drilling in the metal. The wings are made to snap-off when they connect with steel that is 16 gauge (.060″) or thicker. These fasteners are not produced for use in steel thinner than 16 gauge. The fasteners are built with finer threads, typically 16 to 24 threads per inch, so that the drill bit can get a chance to drill in the thicker metals without snapping. There is additionally a slot in the shank that carries the metal shavings from the screw’s drill motion and stops them from interfering using the fastener threads as they tap into metal. There are a lot of uses for this little known fastener such as wood fencing, truck beds, trailer decks, horse trailers, snowmobile trailers, 4 wheeler trailers and more. These reamer tek screws will include the choice of whether #3, #4 or #5 tek screw points.

An additional choice will be what material will be used in manufacturing. Usually, these are made with normal carbon steel, but for applications requiring resistance to corrosion, similar to being utilized on wood docks close to water, there are stainless steel reamer tek screws available that are coated for additional rust resistance for use with ACQ lumber. For the ultimate rust resistance, there are bi-metal reamer tek screws where the body of the screw is completely non magnetic stainless but the point is made of hardened carbon steel. This allow the bit tip to do all the hard work but the body remains completely rust free and non corrosive. The downside is that they are costly but, for some, very worth the price!