Screw In Tent Pegs
Screw in tent pegs have taken the camping industry by storm. Screw in tent pegs take the hard work out of pegging down your tent and campsite by letting your cordless drill do it instead.
But before you go headlong into purchasing your new state of the art screw in tent pegs there's a few things you should know. Just like a car or a house or a shirt, there is no perfect one solution for all your needs. Just like the old hammer in tent pegs.
The old hammer in tent pegs come in different sizes and types depending on their intended use. For example, you're not going to use a Whites Wires from Bunnings in sand or soft ground because you can clearly see just by looking at them that they just won't hold any load. However if you are considering using them in hard ground then you'll find they maybe better suited (if they don't bend) depending on the size of the structure you need to anchor down.
It's Not Fair!
Independent Test Results
Unlike the screw in tent pegs that are clearly adaptations of wood screws GroundGrabba Pro series have been designed specifically for ground anchoring purposes but in the camping industry screw-in tent pegs is the most popular term. All test results show considerably more holding power in comparison. See RV Daily test results of the wood adaptation tent pegs compared to GroundGrabbas.
You know, back in 2013 I didn't set out to reinvent the tent peg, I just had enough of hammering in 22 heavy duty tent pegs made of steel reinforcement (reo) to hold our 6m x 9m tarp. Those pegs i hand made at the local mens shed in Murwillumbah were amazing. BUT by the end of hammering all those in.... I was a wreck but worse was when packing up and the hard task of getting them out.
After 3 1/2 years of me personally developing the perfect screw in tent peg we ended up with two steel varieties. One for soft sand and loose soft grounds and the other for general ground types too hard. Because during our testing days I found one type did not work for all ground types despite what my intention was.
Since our launch in 2017, we have developed more GroundGrabba Products and as of the date of updating this page we have eleven ground anchors from general camping use in hard to soft grounds like beach sand and five made for more commercial use such as festival tents or larger tarps, one screw-in tent peg (GroundGrabba Junior which I already mentioned) for firmer to harder grounds and one light weight, light duty GroundGrabba Lite for sand and loose grounds.
If you have a large tent, tarp or annexe set up and you simply cannot have it get blown away or ripped apart when your tent pegs fail, then like me you will enjoy the amazing grip of GroundGrabbas. GroundGrabba screw in tent pegs are actually heavy duty screw in ground anchors not for your cheap lightweight tent.
Risk Free Investment
GroundGrabbas are also a lifelong investment where you can anticipate continual performance. Just like your Grandfather's old hand me down tools, GroundGrabbas will last the test of time. Compare that to pretty much most of your camping equipment or motor vehicle.
I have fallen into the trap of buying something cheaper that I had hoped would do the job to save money because I thought I couldn't afford the ones I really wanted only to find it backfired and I ended up spending twice, more than If I had bought the best to start with. GroundGrabba's are a risk free investment because you have a 30 day money back guarantee should you try them and they don't live up to your expectations.
Our selection of screw in tent pegs all have hex heads on them. Simply select the right Socket Driver for the task and insert it into your drill.
GroundGrabba Pro General purpose heavy duty screw in tent pegs (Ground Anchors) made for most ground types.
GroundGrabba Pro I Above average hold of large tents and tarps and has the second best ground holding of our GroundGrabba Pro range. Great for loose ground and sand too!
GroundGrabba Pro II Amazing hold of very large structures and have the most ground holding you will find from any screw in tent peg on the market today. They excel in sand or loose grounds too.
GroundGrabba Lite Although light in name it is huge on grip in loose and soft ground. Made from a unique blend of tough glass reinforced nylon.
GroundGrabba Junior screw-in tent peg made for medium to hard grounds. It's hex head with collar designed to work with most GroundGrabba adaptors
GroundGrabba Pro series are not toys and as such you need a cordless drill or impact wrench with enough grunt to drive them into even the hardest ground. GroundGrabba Juniors however being a screw in tent peg rather than ground anchor needs less torque.
Not all cordless drills are made equal so your cheapie from the supermarket will surely let you down in tough grounds. We recommend a tradie variety cordless. At least 18v and preferably with a brushless motor giving output torque of over 100Nm for the GroundGrabba Pro series. However if you intend to use our Pro series steel screw in tent pegs then a high torque impact wrench may be easier. I use a Makita which has over 1800 Nm of torque but if you are looking for something as 'nut busting', next time i would purchase the Milwaukee M18 Fuel with a 3/4" drive and torque up to about 2200nm.
Talk about hard Ground
Just like trying to drive a screw into brick or concrete, driving your GroundGrabbas into hard ground will most likely mean you will need to drill a pilot hole of at least 10mm in diameter.... even up to 14mm is a good idea for the Pro series. Best also to use a masonry drill the same length as your GroundGrabba. The GroundGrabba Pro is 300mm in length, Pro I is 450mm and the Pro II is 600mm..
Camping today can look very different to how it did even twenty years ago. With vehicles made to carry more and have more accessories to the wide varieties of gadgets that make your camping holiday even easier. Many have a 12 volt system including solar panel and inverter. Many more take their cordless battery drill which is perfect for driving in GroundGrabbas. Whatever your camping anchoring screw in tent peg needs, there is a GroundGrabba to do the job.
Do you prefer camping by the sea or in the outback? What about deserts or caravan parks? From the Simpson Desert with its red dirt sand dunes to the popular Kingscliff NSW Caravan Park, GroundGrabba has the right screw in tent peg for the job.
What accessories Do You Need?
We have numerous adaptors to suit your different uses and applications for your GroundGrabba screw-in tent pegs.
- The Fang
- Closed Hook
- Hook Washer
- HexHook Pro
- Pigtail Hook (coming soon)
- Spring guy ropes with carabiner hook
- Stainless steel strap cables
All Screw In Tent Pegs Are Not Equal
See the test review RV Daily edition 31 who gave our GroundGrabba's a big thumbs up!
You only need to hold a GroundGrabba Pro or GroundGrabba Pro II in your hands to feel and see that they are truly heavy duty screw in tent peg ground anchors. Although the GroundGrabba Lite is made of glass reinforced nylon it also has been purpose made and not just an adaptation of some generic screw.
Our GroundGrabba Pro, Pro I and Pro II are made of 1008 carbon steel that is galvanised and you can drive them in with your heaviest duty impact wrench without any torque limitation. Each peg has a hex head designed to use with your cordless drill but having said that you can use also use a wrench if carrying a good cordless drill isn't your thing. Check out our Socket Drivers here.
We've done the research and all the hard work for you and all you need do is enjoy how much faster, easier and safer GroundGrabba Screw in tent pegs are to use.
Screw In Ground Anchor or Screw-In Tent Pegs?
When we set out on the GroundGrabba journey it was to create a drill driven screw-in tent peg but we kind of overshot the mark somewhat and created an amazing screw in ground anchor. The difference is that GroundGrabbas have been designed and manufactured for purpose not like most other brands out there, not just an adaptation of a coach bolt or extended roofing screw bolt one can purchase from the local hardware store.
To prove our point take a look at RV Daily issue 31 and the testing Mark Allen did on many of the screw in pegs on the Australian market. But to summarise Marks results our GroundGrabbas pretty much blew all direct competitors out of the water ..... Sorry, I should say blew all other direct competitors out of the ground. The only one to score higher in a sand vertical lift test was the plastic Blue Screw which is a hand driven sand peg.
Feedback from our customers tells how GroundGrabbas are a high quality and truly are Heavy Duty screw in tent peg ground anchors. The moment hold one in your hands you immediately know these are top quality and will last lifetimes.
The narrower lighter duty screw in tent pegs that RV Daily also tested being narrower will be easier to use into extremely hard grounds just like our new GroundGrabba Junior. With GroundGrabba you'll need to drill a pilot hole of at least 12mm x 300mm deep using a hammer or hammer drill prior to attempting to drive your GroundGrabba into harder grounds. We also sell both Hex Socket drivers that insert into your drill or impact driver as well as various masonry drill bits.
GroundGrabba screw in tent pegs or sand pegs are not available from Bunnings or BCF but our GroundGrabba Lite are available at 4WD SupaCentre stores or available online here @ GroundGrabba or one of our associates.
Not All Screw In Tent Pegs Are The Same
Take a close look at the images above. The image on the left is the GroundGrabba Junior screw-in tent peg whilst the one to the right is our GroundGrabba Pro series that overshot the screw-in tent peg mark that can be called ground anchors. Model GR13US it is 300mm long versus our Junior which is 275mm in length.
The secret to our Pro series market leading ground holding is it's augur design. More on that later...
Above is a computer simulation of how the substrate mass surrounding the flights of the GroundGrabba Pro series affects the holding power. Not only does the surrounding earth grip the shaft but the fights act like an inverted umbrella catching and creating a kind of conical shaped mass of earth also weighing down on the top most flight.
Many Just Won't Hold...
The adapted screw in tent pegs as you could imagine will fail miserably in soft ground and sand. No ordinary screw in tent peg will do for soft and loose ground. Our GroundGrabba Pro are ok for loose ground but will not hold in beach sand. We found that out in our product development days which then prompted us to abandon the idea of a one screw in tent peg for all occasions. It simply cannot work.
So we developed a second screw in tent peg mainly for sand and loose soft grounds. Enter the GroundGrabba Pro II with twice the shaft length and twice the flight or wing width as the Pro which is a class leader when it comes to screw in tent pegs. Not just for sand and loose ground either. We have used them in hard clay also. Sometimes the ground is very hard so we pre drill a pilot hole then drive the GroundGrabba Pro and Pro II's in with a hefty impact wrench.
Even in loose soft ground of sand the GroundGrabba Pro II will hold your largest shade structure, tarp or marquee. GroundGrabba products really are state of art and market leaders when it comes to screw in tent pegs. To be honest, GroundGrabba's are premium ground anchors, head and shoulders above screw in tent pegs.
Next, after many requests, we developed our GroundGrabba Pro I. At 450mm in length it is not long enough to hit underground electrical services in Australia which should be at a minimum depth of 600mm. Still.... don't assume the electrician installed the cables to the correct minimum depth and check before you deploy any peg, stake or screw in peg into the ground.
The GroundGrabba Pro I has excellent holding ability in soft ground and sand too but just not as much as the Pro II. Often our we get feedback from businesses who use our screw-in pegs for commercial use and find the Pro I with it's slightly shorter length avoids hitting basalt layers that is like iron to penetrate.
For D Loops Or Eyelets
To secure the lower edges of your tent or tarp, you may need a peg to go through a D loop or eyelet. Because our flights extend out from the shaft it can be difficult or if not impossible to screw them through a D loop or eyelet so we developed a product called The Fang.
GroundGrabba Juniors with a shaft width of 10mm will fit through most eyelets and D loops and their holding ability might be enough for you in most grounds, just not loose ground and sand.
The larger GroundGrabba Lite screw in tent peg will be too large to fit through a D loop or eyelet. They've been designed to hold guy ropes.
Screw in Tent Pegs Versus Heavy Duty Tent Pegs
Funny how our perceptions change over time. The house or car we remember as a child compared to the way we see those cars or that house as an adult. Same thing when it came to the tent pegs I started out with.
My first tent peg purchase (as a married with kids adult ) was what I thought were heavy duty tent pegs but thing is as my camp set up grew I kept thinking I had heavy duty tent pegs. I must admit to being cheap with my purchases and chose low price over what I really needed and pay more for it. In was in the cycle of "poor man pays twice" syndrome.
The pegs I purchased were about 150mm with a stem of about 5mm. Took a few times of my 6x9m tarp to be lifted by the wind and ripping all pegs out and had me running around trying to save the campsite from destruction to realise I needed something more heavy duty. So, I ended up using a forge at the local mens shed in Murwillumbah to hand make "heavy duty" tent pegs out of steel reinforcement. They worked a treat except for the time it took to hammer them in and then the wrestling to get them out.
What I am getting at is that my initial perception of "heavy duty" tent pegs compared to my hand made "heavy duty " tent pegs had changed. So keeping this in mind when you see other brands of screw in tent pegs that claim to be "heavy duty" it's best you compare them to others on the market in length, shaft thickness and spirals or threads. Also, check out their holding ability if they have those figures. We do have hold down figures for you to determine which screw-in tent peg will best suit your application.
Even though we call our GroundGrabba screw in tent pegs 'heavy duty', compared to our commercial industrial ground anchors they could be deemed as light duty. It is all perception of comparisons.
As you now know, our GroundGrabba screw in tent pegs and ground anchors come in many varieties. Our steel version GR13 and GR14 are seriously heavy duty screw in tent pegs or more like screw-in ground anchors. Now you know we have a light duty GroundGrabba Lite and a light duty GroundGrabba Junior too.
Another meaning for 'Heavy duty' could also mean the amount of beating and rough handling it can take. All our steel screw in tent pegs and ground anchors are so tough we give them a lifetime replacement warranty if you break them OR wear them out. Our GroundGrabba Lite being made of a special blend of a specific tough Nylon and although tough are not as tough as our steel series GroundGrabbas.
Before making your purchase decision keep in mind what you need to anchor down with your screw in tent pegs. What ground type would you need them for? What happens if the ground gets sodden and wet?
Risk Free Buying
Don't forget our 30 day money back guarantee to make your purchase risk free.
Sometimes people get our name GroundGrabba mistaken for Ground Grabber but we can assure you that our name is GroundGrabba as Trademarked.