Ramset has been making quality powder actuated tools for years. The Viper tool quickly became a favorite tool of anyone doing overhead fastening. Whether hanging ceiling wires, light fixtures or data cable runs, the Viper tool is designed specifically for shooting to the ceiling. The earliest version was a very simple tool that required manual advance. The tool was a real work horse but it required daily cleaning. The latest version, the Ramset Viper 4 is a great tool for overhead fastening. The tool offers automatic advance and a unique pole system that is stable and expandable from 3′ to the moon just by adding extension segments. The Viper 4 tool has the added safety feature of a separate sleeve for activation making it safer than other contact tools. You can’t just lean on the tool by mistake and set it off, it must be in contact with the ceiling, and both hands on the pole. I would add an important point on the Ramset Viper 4 tool: POLES ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE WITH PREVIOUS MODELS! We are finding that many online marketers not only don’t understand the tools, but don’t understand the importance of the right extension for the tool. If you have any questions on the Ramset Viper 4, visit our store online at ConstructionFastening.Net or call us toll free at 1-877-212-2377.
Hilti and Ramset tools have been a great asset to many trades including the data comm field for hanging cable hooks. Overhead fastenings can be a challenge in some concrete. If your having trouble with low success rates when shooting ceiling clips into the concrete deck above, the problem many times can be traced back to the quality of your pin. Most tool supply houses and even the big box stores offer pins and loads for Ramset and Hilti tool. The problem is, many are stocking the cheapest pins available to maximize sales and profit. The result is that when you run into brittle concrete or pre cast decks, you can have a lot of blow outs. If you are shooting up a ceiling clip with pre attached, every failed fastening can start to add up. If you are having more blow outs than you like, or you are getting a lot of fish hooked pins, consider a ballistic point pin like the Ramset SPC78 and Ramset SPC114 series of ceiling clips. These clips are assembled using a polished point pin rather than a standard “pinched” point. See the pictures, there is a difference. Add to that the thicker shank on these ceiling clips and you will see fewer blow outs and less fish hooking of your pins. The SPC114 pin has an even thicker shank than the SPC78 and while you may not be able to sink it all the way, get it in 3/4″ and you will have a solid support for your light fixtures and cable hooks. For even better success, use a Ramset or Hilti tool made just for overhead work like the Ramset Viper 4.
The Ramset Cobra tool has become a staple for many of the trades including the low voltage and electrical trades. The Ramset Cobra is what we call a Hilti DX-350 clone tool as is the Simpson PT27 and tools from other manufactures as well. This is a well proven design that is easy to use and quite reliable. One of the things I like is how stable it is when mounted on a ceiling extension pole tool, making it a great choice for ceiling grid wires for suspending not only ceilings but j hooks and light fixtures. One of the most common wear parts on these tools is the piston, or drive pin. How can you tell when it is time to replace the piston on your Ramset Cobra? Murphy’s law dictates that what can go wrong will so even if you piston looks good, having a spare will save you down time. When your piston is new, it has taper around the end. Like a tent stake that expands when repeatedly pounded, the piston will start to flare over time. This bevel accommodates this flare. If you piston is starting to flare or chip, it is time to replace it, or at the least have one on hand. As for the ring, typically they will last the life of the piston. You can replace them but it isn’t easy. To replace the piston on your Ramset Cobra, slide the annular spring to release the piston stop and slide out the barrel. Remove the barrel clip and now the barrel halves will come apart. Simply pull out the old piston and replace it. Reassemble the tool in reverse order. If you have any problems or questions, give a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377 and we will walk you through. Find a complete line of Ramset Cobra parts here.
If you are running into applications where you are needing more power or would like a durable .27 caliber strip tool for shooting concrete and steel, consider the Ramset XT540 tool. The XT540 offers an automatic return and power adjustment feature. You can actually drop two power levels with the power adjustment wheel. Designed to develop the power needed to handle a full 3″ pin. If you job calls out a .157 check out the Ramset .157 shank true embedment pins, stamped with the size of the pin. A magazine and lathing disc attachment are available as well. So if you need a little more power, consider the Ramset XT540 tool, made in USA.
Safety first. We here it all the time but what does it mean to be safe when operating a Hilti, Ramset or other powder actuated tool? There is the obvious and please don’t skip thesm basics as some do. Safety glasses. A Hilti, Ramset or any powder actuated tool develops enough power to sink a nail into 1/2″ steel. That should be enough power to put a piece of that pin or other fragment through your eye lid! Secondly, use your hearing protection. When using a Hilti or Ramset tool on an extension pole like when you are installing pre tied grid wires for ceilings or supporting fixtures and data cable runs, the tool may be far enough away from the operator for your comfort, but it is still recommended. If you fasten into steel with a powder actuated tool, you will likely only make the mistake of not wearing hearing protection once, it will leave your ears ringing. Certification is required on powder actuated tools. You can get certified on a Ramset tool on Ramset’s website. Besides the obvious safety guidelines, certification will give you more safety guidelines for proper application and nail selection when using your Ramset or Hilti tool.
Keeping your powder actuated tool clean and in proper repair is often overlooked. If any of your tool parts are chipped or cracked, replacing them now can not only save you down time later but could vary well prevent an injury. You can find a complete line of Ramset Parts. If you need any assistance with your powder actuated tools, you can give us a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377.
Fastening to the ceiling from the floor with you Hilti DX-350, Ramset Cobra, Simspon PT-27 or other Hilti DX-350 or Hilti DX-35 clone tool is easy with the longshooter extension pole. Available in both 6′ and 8′ lengths, your powder actuated tool mounts quickly and securely. Check out the video at our site, it’s easy to set up and use. Team it up with our quality pre tied ceiling clips or our SC14 rod hanger system and you will wonder how you ever worked without the extension pole for you Hilti DX-350