Ramset L652 LADD Ceiling Clips

Ramset sold a tool for years known as the LADD L1600 ceiling tool.  It was a very simple tool with hardly any moving parts.  You would load the single shot loadRamset L652 Ceiling Clip For LADD L1600 Tool in backwards, with the primer facing up and then insert the ceiling clip which had a special pin which had a dome on it.  The ceiling clip was Ramset part number L652 and was also known as a LADD ceiling clip. When you compressed the tool against the ceiling, the dome of the pin was pushed into the load setting off the load and driving in the pin.  The tool was loud but actually did a very nice job even in harder concrete.  The tool would screw on to a piece of pipe, so you could make your own extension pole for the tool as long as you liked.

The tool has been discontinued for some time but you will see them in use here and there.  We have stock on the original Ramset LADD L652 clip for use in the L1600 tool.  If you are looking to update your ceiling tool, we are recommending the Ramset Viper 4.  While Ramset has no longer carries the L652 ceiling clip, we currently have stock that we are clearing out, check out our closeout page.

Extension Pole For The Plastic Body Ramset Cobra Plus

pole tool for plastic body ramset cobra plus

If you have one of the plastic body Ramset Cobra Plus Tools sold by one of the big box stores, we now offer an extension pole to fit your gun.  If you check the picture, the latest Ramset Cobra Plus is a nylon body tool with a larger plastic housing on the front of the tool that also serves to dampen the noise of the tool.  If your tool looks like the one in the picture, click here to choose from either a 6′ extension or 8′ extension pole for to fit.  If your tool is a standard Cobra tool or the metal body Cobra Plus tool, check our install tool section for either the LS350-6 6′ extension or the LS350-8 8′ extension.

Using an extension pole with your Cobra Plus tool offers you several advantages including faster and safer installs.  Any time you can save a trip up a ladder, you are saving time and reducing risk of falls.  We recommend the 6′ pole tool wherever possible as it will accommodate most jobs.  The 8′ may be the answer for taller ceilings but down the road, on a lower ceiling, you may actually find yourself bending over to pull the trigger.

If you haven’t purchased a Ramset Cobra Plus tool as yet, please consider the standard Ramset Cobra Tool.  The standard Ramset Cobra is based on the time proven Hilti DX-350 tool.  The tool is fully serviceable and parts readily available.  The  Plus tool is offered in most big box stores and has gone through several versions.  Not only are parts sometimes hard to find but it can be hard just to identify, which tool you have.

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.

Batteries & Chargers For Ramset Trakfast & T3 Tools

Ramset Trakfast T3 T3SS Batteries Chargers

Ramset Trakfast T3 T3SS Batteries Chargers

Ramset Trakfast and T3 tools are know for shaving time off the job.  Sometimes though even what should normally be  a quick job can get 30 minutes added to it simply because of tired batteries.  Most nicad batteries only get so many cycles (charge and run) before they will start to loose capacity.  If your batteries are not holding a charge very long any more or if you have been limping along on just one or two batteries, adding a new one can really cut down on frustration and save you real time.  Choosing the correct battery for your Ramset Trakfast tools is fairly simple.  The original Ramset Trakfast tool, the TF1000 and the TF1200 use a cylndrical battery as shown at the far left in image above.  Part number on the battery is 7505012.   If you have the latest version of the Trakfast the TF1200 your battery is the newer version (shown in the center abvoe) that clicks into the tool, part number is B0092.  This in my opinion was a huge upgrade for the Trakfast line as the TF1100 tools were known for problems with the battery connections.  This click in style battery solved the problem.  This same battery, B0092 is used in the Ramset T3Mag and the T3SS tools as well.

Another real improvement  from the very first gas tools offered by Ramset is the charger.  The original chargers were always suspect to the batteries not settling in properly for a good connection.  The new charger, part # B0022 is  a dual bay charger and works with the original Trafkast tool batteries along with newer style batteries used by the TF1200, T3Mag and T3SS.  Such a simple idea adds so much to the usefulness of the tool!

So there you have it,  a little basic info on batteries and chargers for the Ramset Trakfast and T3 tools.  You can find batteries and chargers for these tools along with pins fuel cells and parts online at ConstructionFastening.Net or give us a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377.

Lubrication For Hilti, Ramset, Simpson & Other P.A.T. Tools

cleaning ramset hilti toolsWe get asked all the time, “what should I use to clean my Hilti or Ramset tool?”  Usually what the customer is hoping for is a cleaner that they can spray on and their done.  Really cleaning your Ramset, Hilti, Simpson or any powder actuated tool is a two part process.  Step 1 is to remove built up powder on the tool.  In our shop we have a bench grinder that makes cleaning the outer surfaces of the barrel very easy to clean.  For the inside, we use a stiff wire brush.  One trick is to cut the handle off and stick the wire brush in a cordless drill for quick work of the inside of the barrels.  If you don’t have a bench grinder, wire brushes and a little elbow grease will do the job.  Your goal is to remove the built up powder as best you can.  Most tools come with brushes but we do stock a cleaning kit with brushes and lube.  Step 2 is the lubrication of the parts.  We favor the Tri Flow product for our in house repair and cleaning work.   We like to spray the parts and let them set for a minute or two.  Tri Flow has teflon that will leave a light film that seams to make subsequent cleanings a little easier.  Whatever you use, Tri Flow, WD40 or a gun cleaning lube,  DRY THE PARTS OFF!  If you don’t dry the lube, powder will stick to the tool making it much dirtier, much faster.  So how often should you clean the tool?  Well, if you clean your garage once every 5 years, it doesn’t hurt the garage any buy you sure have to work a lot harder to get it clean than if you just maintain it once and a while.  Same with your Ramset  & Hilti tools.  A quick clean every 300-500 shots is much easier than trying to do it when it has fired  a few thousand rounds and won’t operate smoothly.

Ramset Cobra Plus Parts

Ramset Cobra Plus PartsWhile 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

Disc Loads For Ramset D-60, D-45A & Autofast Tools

disc loads for ramset disc tools d-60 d45 d45a autofastWhile 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.

 

Ramset Viper Ceiling Tools

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.

Ramset Viper Tools

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

Ramset Replacement Parts

Ramset Replacement Parts

Ramset Replacement Parts

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.

Support Rods For J Hooks, Data Cable Hangers & More

j hook shooter rodWhen ceiling grid wire hangers or pencil rod doesn’t  offer enough rigidity or code won’t allow you to use a ceiling grid wire to support your hangers, consider our SC14 shooter rod hangers.  The SC14 shooter rods are designed for use in Ramset, Hilti, Powers, Simpson and other powder actuated tools.   Available with in lengths from 12″ to 36″ these hangers lend themselves to many install applications.  Use them with an Arlington Loop or j hooks for fast cable hanger installs.  One very common install involves mounting  a j hook or loop at the bottom and then adding a second j hook or loop with a mutli clip midway up the rod.  These can be assembled on the floor and installed with a powder tool on an extension pole.

Many electricians are using them for their BX cable runs.  Simple shoot in and fasten your BX cable with a clip like the Caddy KX clip.  Simple to use, open the box and shoot!  The uses for these shooter clips are endless.