Are Cordless Rotary Hammer Drills Worth The Cost?

Is a cordless rotary hammer rill worth the cost? While the initial outlay can be double or even triple what you are paying for a corded tool, consider a few facts that will help you decide if they are worth the spend.

Convenience. While we don’t often think of the convenience factor when looking at a power tool, really that is what it is all about with cordless tools. A cordless rotary hammer drill is always at the ready (assuming you keep your batteries charged!). You won’t be spending time looking for your power, running a cord and then rolling the cord back up. Open the case and drill, put the tool back in the case, easy.

Power. There was a time when cordless rotary hammer drills were only considered for use in lightweight applications like 3/16” holes. Today’s tools arecordless rotary hammer incredibly powerful rivaling corded tools of the same capacity. For instance the new Bosch GBH18V-26K24 will out work many corded hammers. When you pull the trigger, you can just feel the power. Most of these tools are now rated for thin wall core bits as well, making them even more useful.

Run Time. New battery technology is the driving force behind the increase in usefulness of all cordless tools. Most cordless hammers are packed with 2 battery packs and most of the batteries included have increased mah capacity. Remember in the world of batteries, all things being equal, mah represents your gas tank or run time, more mah, more run time. If you have stayed away from a cordless rotary hammer because of run time, trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Cord Cost. One hidden cost to consider on any cordless tool is extension cord cost. A good quality extension cord can be very expensive and they can have a short life span on the site with all the traffic. Cords are a common theft item on the site as well. And did you know, using long extension cords can actually damage your corded tool?

Safety. Safety, safety, safety! More and more time is being spent on job site safety and a lot of focus is being put on concrete dust, including that resulting from Cordless Rotary Hammerhammer drilling concrete. Here is where a cordless rotary hammer drill can really shine. Many of the current tools can be purchased as a fully self -contained dustless unit with the vacuum on board. Not only can you purchase a dustless rotary hammer cheaper than buying a corded hammer and separate vacuum, consider the space needed in your truck, each truck to haul the unit. Add to that dragging it around a busy site, tripping over the cords or working on a ladder, a cordless rotary hammer drill is a no brainer.

Warranty. Most power tools have a 1 year warranty. But did you know that most cordless tools have a better warranty, some between 3-5 years? Many of these warranties require you to register your tool, but that is really a small price to pay for such an excellent warranty.

Consider the points above when you are looking to add a hammer drill. I think you will find some real benefits from purchasing a cordless rotary hammer drill.

Malco MSHC Dual Sided Magnetic Driver

Malco MSHC 1/4" - 5/16" Dual-Sided Hex Chuck DriveHere is a great little driver you will find useful in all kinds of applications, the Malco MSHC Dual Sided Magnetic Driver.  The foremost feature you will notice on the driver is the dual driver, 1/4″ on one side and 5/16″ on the other.  You will find many hex screws fall in to that range.  For instance,  most #8 hex sheet metal and hex self drilling screws will have a 1/4″ head and the #10 & #12 of the same type of screws will have a 5/16″ head.  Moving to your tapcon type anchors, the 3/16″ hex head tapcon will have a 1/4″ head and the 1/4″ will have a 5/16″ head.  With this one driver you can handle a large portion of your screw driving.  If you are a sheet metal guy, you know that most every screw you install will be a 1/4″ or 5/16″ head.  But there is another advantage to having the dual head.

Easy Magnet Cleaning With The Malco MSHC Driver.  One of the frustrations with magnetic drivers is that they are magnetic and hold any metal shavings that may develop.  Cleaning the shavings out of a regular socket can be hard if not impossible.   Soon you have a build up that makes it harder for the screw to seat properly in the driver.  If you check out the video for the driver you will see how easy it is to clean.  Simply pop off the socket and you can pull the shavings off.  Check out the  Malco MSHC Dual Sided Magnetic Driver along with a video on it at CosntructionFastening.Net

Choosing The Correct Power Level For Ramset & Hilti PAT Tools

Choosing the correct power level for use in your Ramset, Hilti, Simpson, Powers or other powder actuated tool is easy when you keep in mind a few basic principles and understand what the different power levels are.

As a rule of thumb, you will want to use the lowest power level that will get the job done.  This provides a safe fastening and demands less of your PAT tool.  Keep in mind, that in concrete you are typically looking for ¾”  to 1” embedment and in steel, you are looking for a embedment of ½”.  There are some variables such as if the steel is thinner than ½”  you will pierce it which is fine.  When choosing a pin for your application, keep these numbers in mind and you will have the correct length of pin.  At that point, you want to start with the lowest power level available for the tool.   Usually when you have the correct power level, you will still have some of the fluting still left on the pin after you install.  If your pin doesn’t set to the desired depth, jump up to the next power level.

Power levels for Ramset and Hilti tools are somewhat standard throughout the industry, all though you will see some exceptions here and there for specific tools and applications.   Loads are distinguished by numbers and color.  For numbers, low to high, 1-5.  They are also identified by color going from low to high: Brown, Green, Yellow and Red.  For the strip and disc loads you may not find the brown very easily, start with green and you should be fine.  It is important that you test your tool rather than just compare it with what others are using on the job.  Different tools may be set a little different.  For instance, a yellow in a disc tool may closer to the power developed by a strip tool with the same color load.  Power loads for Ramset, Hilti, Simpson, Powers & other PAT tools.

Some tools have a power adjustment feature.  I am not a big fan of these tools (more working parts) but they offer you the luxury of stocking just one power level.  Remember though, they can only drop the power level of a load, not increase what you have.

Most of our customers have enough experience that they can look at the application and just know what power level they will use.  Most settle in on 2 different power levels for their trade.  If you are new to using a PAT, invest in a couple boxes of every power level available for your tool.

To sum it all up, start with the lowest power level for your tool and work your way up until your pin is setting to your desired depth.  Choosing the correct power level for your Ramset or Hilti tool will ensure a safe working environment along with trouble free operation.

Stainless Steel Bridle Rings

Stainless Steel Bridle Rings Stainless Steel Bridle RingsStainless Steel Bridle Rings.  If your application is in a harsh environment containing certain chemicals or outdoor use, you may be looking for a stainless steel bridle ring.  Our bridle rings are 316 stainless for added corrosion resistance.  Available in both 1-1/4″ and 2″ diameters with either a screw end made to screw directly into wood or a 1/4-20 thread version.  The 1/4-20 thread stainless steel bridle ring can be used in conjunction with a beam clamp, Sammy Screw or concrete anchor for installation.  While designed for installation of cable, we know our customers are finding many outdoor uses for them including marine and garden applications.

All of our stainless steel bridle rings are sold in packages of 20 to help you buy just what you need for the project.  If you need help finding a suitable anchor for your install, give us a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377 and we will do our best to help out.  While you likely won’t find many installs requiring a stainless bridle ring, when you need them, you now have a source!