DeWalt DCN890P2 Battery Concrete Nailer

DeWalt DCN890P2 battery operated concrete/steel nailer is a self contained battery operated nailer for fastening to masonry materials including concrete, block, metal decking with concrete overlay as well as steel. The tool will shoot pins from 1/2″ to 2-1/4″ in length. If you add the optional DCN8903 Stick-E Contact Trip, you can attach lathing discs, ceiling clips, EMT straps and more.

Applications & Benefits

So what are some of the benefits or applications for a battery contact nailer like the DeWalt DCN890P2? Consider a few different situations.

Hot Work. One of the first reasons we looked into handling a battery operated concrete nailer was to solve a jobsite problem for a customer. They were making fastenings into the deck in a hospital. On this site, the hospital wanted them to hande it as “hot work” if they were using a powder actuated tool. What does that mean? That means they had to lift the ceiling tile, make the fastening and wait 30 minutes before replacing. The pounding of a rotary hammer wasn’t acceptable and so the DeWalt DC890P2 was a no brainer for this application.

Simplicity. Powder actuated tools (P.A.T.) like a Ramset or Hilti tool make quick work of fastening to concrete and steel. After selling them for 25 plus years, I am very comfortable with them and their operation. However, with a P.A.T. training and certification is required. You also need to know what power level to use where and when. Gas tools like the Ramset T3 and Hilti gas tools are simply more complicated. They have more moving parts and believe it or not if you are a low volume user, they can be even more fussy. Like any engine, they want to run, not sit! The DCN890P2 tools is a simple easy to use tool. Replacing the driver is a 2 minute job site fix. You adjust driving force with a simple 3 position switch. Most jams are cleared quickly with a simple flip of a lever.

Perception. I have sold millions of powder charges for Hilti & Ramset P.A.T and while over the years I have had a few injuries reported (and they where caused by operator error) they really are a safe tool. Still there are some sites that for safety, sound or other reasons are not comfortable with P.A.T being used. Again, you may consider using a rotary hammer but now you must consider dust management and the rat a tat tat of your hammer. The DeWalt battery concrete nailer to the rescue.

Block. Unlike P.A.T. tools battery operated concrete nailers will not blow out the block. P.A.T. tools use the base material to stop the advance of the driver. The DCN890P2 tool limits the driver’s travel just like an air tool or gas nailer would. The result is no blow out of the hollows in block.

What Can The DCN890P2 Do?

To be certain, the DeWalt concrete nailer does not have the power that a P.A.T. tool can develop, but in most applications, it simply doesn’t have to. The tool competes very nicely with the Hilti BX-3 tool. The tool is finding a home in the drywall trade for track to concrete and steel. My thought is the tool really becomes a nice addition to the electrical and data comm/security trades. With the addition of the DCN8903 Stick-E Contact Trip, you can start shooting EMT straps, right angle clips and more. We are now offering right angle clips with ceiling grid wire attached for suspending light fixtures and cable runs. Lathing discs rod holders and more can be used with the Stick-E probe. An optional pole tool extension is available as well.

HILTI BX3 Battery Nailer For Concrete

The Hilti BX3 is a battery operated tool designed to fasten to concrete and other masonry materials as well as steel. This is really a neat little tool that is finding it’s home in a variety of trades. I’ts proving usefull not just in the drywall, electrical, mechanical trade but also in the data comm/cabling fields. The latest version, the Hilti BX3 02 is a 22 volt tool that will hold a magazine of 30 pins. Advertised performance is up to 1.3 fasteners per second and a battery life of up to 800 pins with the highest capacity battery. The selling points of the tool include the idea that you have a clean quiet tool (compared to powder) that requires no user license. Some jobs are very noise sensitive, hospitals for instance, and some just won’t allow PAT tools. Shooting down track and other straight pins is just one use. The BX3 has a unique way of attaching clips and holders for the other trades.

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The Hilti BX3 can fasten ceiling clips (including pre tied clips) rod holders, EMT straps, tie wrap straps and cable straps. Hilti recommends you use their X-FG B3-ME guide or nose piece to do this kind of work. While you may be used to loading a clip or strap in you powder actuated tools with the nail installed, the clips and straps have no nail installed. You will note they have a fluting that holds them in the nose piece and when you fire, the nail comes from the magazine. This is a nice feature if the fastening fails, just pull out the bad nail and refasten. The down side to this, is you have to use Hilti’s proprietary fasteners which can tend to keep the price up. We actually tie quite a few ceiling wires and are working with some of our customers to tie our wire to their clips for them.

Street pricing on the Hilti BX3 is up there, double or more of most powder tools, so it may not be the tool for everyone. But when a tool solves a problem for you, pricing concerns fade very quickly. If you are on the fence, you will find used ones here and there on ebay that are still in great working order and about half the price. Give it a try and if it doesn’t fit the bill, you will likely get close to what you paid for it back.

While the Hilti BX3 is the first of it’s kind, Dewalt offers the DCN891B. More to come on that tool!

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