Bow Handle Bolts

Perrys bow handle bolts available in a black or galvanised finish.

Available in a range of sizes: 12″ / 300mm, 15″ / 375mm, 18″ / 450mm & 24″ / 600mm

Supplied with BZP flat plate and galv staple receivers. Fixings are available as an optional extra.


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Commonly used as a garage door bolt, a bow handle bolt is used on the top of the door to secure the slave door (in a pair of doors) closed to the door frame or lintel to then give the main door that is more frequently used something to lock to.

A versatile bolt that can be used similarly as a gate bolt, when the gates are hung within a frame and can be used either vertically or horizontally.

Usually paired with a garage door dropbolt rather than in place of, being a spring loaded bolt the bow handle bolt is ideal for tops of doors as it won’t slip or drop out of place like a dropbolt can.

With a bow ‘D’ shaped handle it gives something to get your hand into to pull against, we’ve found this quite popular with our customers who have arthritis (or other conditions) in their hands as it makes for easier operation than say a Monkey Tail bolt which is the alternative to the bow handle bolt.

Very simple to fit as it simply attaches to the gate or door with screws, you then have a choice of receivers (both supplied) which are a staple receiver which would usually fit against the door frame or a flat plate receiver which would fit in the underside of the door frame.

Available in a galvanised or black finish and supplied with both a flat plate and staple receiver and with screws for a typical installation as an optional add on.

Flst plate receiver would usually fit beneath a lintel (you’ll need to cut a hole in the centre of the receiver to take the bolt), whilst the staple receiver would fit to the side of the lintel/frame head and simply screws on.

For spec sizes of the bow handle bolt, select the size and finish and spec sizes should be available to view above as additional images.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Shane Overton
18 inch bow handle bolts

Ordered a pair of these to replace existing damaged bolts. Price was very competitive and delivery was extremely prompt. The schematic diagrams on the website are comprehensive but the throw/travel of the bolt is not immediately obvious. Suggest this figure might be included in the product description?

Christopher Sykes
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