If you use an impact driver, you can attest to the fact that they are great little lightweight tools. You also may have noticed you are snapping a lot of tips and drivers. Impactech bits, holders and drivers are designed to reduce breakage. They have a built in torsion design that allows them to flex and absorb impact much better than standard bits. Standard bits can snap at only 19 degrees of toque. In testing the Impactech bits achieved a 55 degree rotation before breakage. When you combine the impact bit with the impact bit holder, you end up with two torsion areas. Our contractors are telling us these are the best tips they have used to date. A hidden savings we like to point out is found in the down time and frustration snapping tips causes or even damage to the work surface. Tips are available in phillips, straight, square and torx in lengths up to 6″ along with a variety of sockets and bit tip holders. If you don’t see what you are looking for give us a call.
Extra long bits to fit SDS MAX rotary hammers can be hard to find, but many times are real necessity on the job. Less common than the smaller SDS rotary hammers, SDS MAX rotary hammers are often used where larger holes are drilled on a routine basis. SDS MAX rotary hammers are available from Hilti, Bosch, Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita and others. FYI, Hilti calls their bit a TEY bit but SDS MAX bits are totally interchangeable, so if you have a larger Hilti tool it takes an SDS MAX. Long length SDS MAX bits are available in diameters starting at 1/2″ up to 1-3/8″ that will drill up to 31″ holes. Many times in existing facilities like hospitals, schools and many older buildings, you will run into an application where you simply will need one of these longer length SDS MAX bits to get through the wall or floor. Smaller hammers handle bits up to 3/4″ that will drill 31″ but after that, there simply is too much resistance for these smaller hammers to handle. At that point, the SDS MAX Rotary hammer will fit the bill. If you are not sure what type of shank you hammer drill takes, give us a call 1-877-212-2377 we will help you out. Keep in mind that in addition to the longer length SDS MAX bits, we also have a complete line of SDS MAX core bits when you need holes up to 6″ in diamter.
While the Ramset Cobra Plus tool shares many parts with the Ramset Cobra (the standard Cobra tool is a clone tool, based on the tried and true Hilti DX-350 design) many parts differ. Click here for the schematic and available parts for you Ramset Cobra Plus Tool. Not sure which tool you have? The easiest way to tell the difference between the Cobra Plus and the Cobra is the power adjustment feature. The Ramset Cobra Plus has a power adjustment feature and is commonly found in big box stores. Most industrial tool suppliers favor the standard Cobra tool as it proves to be more durable than the Plus and parts are more readily available. As mentioned earlier, the Cobra Plus does share many parts but the entire front end of the tool and obviously the power adjustment parts are different. While not all replacement parts are available some of the most common parts for the Cobra Plus like the piston and the fastener guide are stock items for us.
In addition to replacement parts for the tool, we offer an extension pole for the tool, allowing you to suspend ceiling grid wire and more from the floor. We also offer a full line of power loads and pins for the tool. Learn more at ConstructionFastening.Net
While strip load type tools are by far the most common type of powder actuated, many of the Ramset Disc Load tools have been produced over the years and are still preferred by many contractors. Disc tools tend to be a quieter tool, and do not advance the load until the trigger is pulled. While disc loads can be hard to come buy in your big box stores ConstructionFastening.Net stocks all power levels of the disc loads
. So what power level should you use? Ramset recommends using the lowest power level to do the job. The loads, lowest to highest power are: 2D60/45 (brown), 3D60/45 (green), 4D60/45 (yellow) and 5D45 (red, for D45A only). The most common disc loads tend to be the green and yellow, but your application will determine the load level. Please note that the red disc load will not fit in a D-60 tool. This load has a little to much power for the D-60 power adjustment front end so they made the load physically longer so it will not fit. The red disc load in a Ramset D45-A tool with a 1-7/8″ Ramset Power Point pin is an awesome choice for attaching 2x material to steel beams. Powers has come out with a disc load tool as called the P-60 that also takes the disc loads, up to a red. If you are looking for disc loads to fit your Ramset or Powers disc load tools, check our site or give a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377.
We’v all heard of dustless rotary hammers, but have you ever heard of a dustless rotary hammer bit? DrilTec is offering the D-Go Expert series of rotary hammer bits with an innovative design that gets dust out of your way. Increasing safety regulations are creating more sites that require dust collection on any concrete drilling or cutting. Existing and occupied facilities like offices and hospitals especially will benefit from a dustless set up like the new DrilTec D-Go hammer bits . The bits are actually hollow allowing the dust to be extracted through the bit and into an attached vacuum. Check out the video at our site, and see how much cleaner the operation can be! Currently available in SDS Max which will fit SDS Max Rotary Hammers from Bosch, Hilti (TEY), DeWalt, Milwaukee and others. Other shanks will be offered in time as well. Currently available in SDS max sizes ranging from 1/2″ up to 1-1/4″ with drill usable length of 15-1/2″. If you want a fast and easy way to perform dustless drilling in concrete, you will want to check out the DrilTec D-Go expert dust extracting bits.
Sometimes there is no getting around it you need a really long high speed steel drill bit for the job. Sometimes especially in security work. you end up drilling in steel doors and door frames to install contacts. Whatever the application, when you need a long bit, you need it! We are now offering high speed drill bits in 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ sizes in lengths 48″. We have longer lengths available as well, up to 72″ if need be available as special order. These bits are sometimes referred to as aircraft bits or aircraft extension bits as they are used for drill down long narrow areas in aircraft construction. Designed for drilling both mild steel and wood. These are nice quality bits made in the US. If you don’t see the size you need listed, give us a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377 we can likely get it for you. Find our extra long length high speed drill bits and extra length sds hammer drill bits online at ConstructionFastening.Net
The tool we sell day in day out for our low voltage contractors is the Bosch 11255VSR Bulldog SDS rotary hammer. The Bosch Bull Dog series has a long and reliable history. It’s predecessor, the Bosch 11224VSR Bulldog was one of the top selling rotary hammers in the world. When we look back at how many of these tools we have sold over the years and consider the very few repairs we have had to perform, we recommend this line with confidence. Most of the concrete drilling you will encounter in your low voltage, structured wiring environment can easily be handled by the Bosch 11255VSR Bulldog. The optimal drilling range for the tool is 3/16″ to 5/8″ which means it will drill these size holes all day long, it’s main use was built around these sizes. It is rated to handle a 1″ solid bit and up to a 2-5/8″ thin wall core bit all though we have contractors who typically use 1-1/8″ bits for 1″ EMT without any trouble. You can turn off the rotation and use a chisel in the tool as well if you have the application. As much of your work is done off ladders, the D handle is a nice feature to have. If you are looking for longer SDS hammer drill bits, up to 38” and core bits up to 4-3/8″ to fit the Bosch 11255VSR Bulldog Rotary hammer, you can find them on line at ConstructionFastening.Net
If you need to drill holes in concrete larger than 1-1/4″ or so, your best bet is a concrete core drill bit. Core drill bits are available for SDS plus hammers, like the Bosch Bulldogs and the Hilti TE-15, and your bigger SDS Max (Hilti calls them a TE-Y) and Spline core hammers. Bits for the SDS plus hammers are available in sizes up to 4-3/8″ and the SDS Max (Hilti TE-Y) and Spline bits are available in sizes up to 6″ in diameter. Most have a drill depth of up to 17″ or so. Most rotary hammer drills show a rating for what size core bit would be at the upper end of the capacity for the drill. I know some contractors that do exceed the recommend size, the key is to work slow and let the tool do the work. As you exceed the recommended size on a core drill bit, you over power the drill and the tool will tend to clutch out more often. Core drill bits on rotary hammers tend to blow out the concrete as they come through the work surface. If that presents a problem, you may choose to drill a pilot bit through the wall or floor and start drilling from both ends. You can find core drill bits for your SDS plus, SDS Max and Spline bits at ConstructionFastening.Net Not sure what bit your rotary hammer uses? Give us a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377.
The Ramset Viper ceiling tool has become the tool of choice for not only ceiling contractors but for electricians and limited voltage contractors or anyone who wants to suspend grid wire, pencil rod, jack chain or even 1/4″ rod from the ceiling. To date, the Ramset Viper tool has had 3 major versions. Below is a brief description of each model.
Original Ramset Viper Tool. The original Viper tool was of a metal body construction and had a manual advance system, similar to what you will find in the Powers Sniper Tool. The tool was light weight and really bullet proof provided that you kept it clean. There are still a fair number of these on the job, parts are all but gone. The tool worked on either a fixed or telescopic extension pole.
Ramset Viper 3. The Ramset Viper 3 tool added a few really nice features including automatic load advance and was designed to operate with less cleaning and maintenance. Being a more complicated tool with more moving parts, repairs did increase a little but again really was a solid tool for day to day use. The tool used the same extension pole system as the original Viper tool. Parts are still readily available as the tool has only been out of production for a few years.
Ramset Viper 4. The Ramset Viper 4 is the latest version of the Viper tool and has some significant changes. Most note worthy on the tool is the fact that it uses a proprietary pole system for added safety. You need to make contact with the ceiling and then push up on the outer trigger pole to actuate the tool. There is a base pole portion that has the trigger sleeve, available in 3′, 6′ and 8′ sections and then you can add as many 3′ extensions as you choose. The 6′ base is the most common all though I like the 3′ base and a 3′ extension, it just makes it easier to lock up in the gang box. The tool shares some parts with the Viper 3, the piston, buffer, return pawls and the load indexer ball and springs. So far other than a few pole issues in the first tools to hit the street, the tool has been very reliable. The biggest problem we have seen is making sure everyone understands the pole tool is not interchangeable with other Ramset Viper Models.
You can find the new Ramset Viper 4 tool along with parts, pins & loads, pre tied ceiling wires, pole tools and more for all the Ramset line at ConstructionFastening.Net
Keeping a few basic replacement parts on hand for your Ramset powder actuated tool will keep your job running. With just a few of the basic wear parts on hand, you will be able to handle simple jobsite repairs. The most common of any Ramset replacement parts to keep on hand is the piston or drive pin. This is the part that drives the pin into the concrete so it takes the most abuse. Replacement of the piston in your tool is usually very straight forward and takes just a few minutes, if you have one! Cost on the piston for most tools is usually under $40. Some tools like the Ramset Cobra (a clone of the Hilti DX-350 tool) and the D-60 use a barrel clip to hold the front and rear barrel together. These can get tweaked from over driving so have a couple on hand. One last part I would recommend to have on hand is the return pawl. The purpose of this piece is to reset the piston in the chamber for the next shot. The return pawls on the Ramset Viper and D45A are small and can get lost easily, again having a couple on hand will keep you going. Keep in mind as well that if you need to order a part, make sure of your tool model especially in the case of the Ramset Cobra tool and the Ramset Cobra Plus tool as the pistons are not interchangeable! Ordering extra parts like two pistons instead of one will reduce your over all shipping charges. If you need help or have questions on which part you need, visit our site for tool schematics or call us toll free at 1-877-212-2377.