Used Hilti DX350 Tools

I have sold and serviced many powder actuated tools over the last 20 years including the Hilti DX350 and the clone versions of the tool from many different manufacturers.  They are just such a solid tool with many different uses.   Here are a few points to help you find a good deal on a good used Hilti DX350.  Don’t just accept the statement that the tool fires or works well.  I have seen tools advertised as working well when they were obviously missing parts in the photos.

A Hilti DX350 tool should not just fire, it should fire solidly and advance one load each time you cycle the tool.  The most common thing a used tool may need is a piston or driver.  The piston or driver is what forces the pin into the concrete.  They are a wear part and so they chip up and can even break.  An aftermarket piston to fit the Hilti DX350 goes for around $30.  The driver is easy to replace.  If the tool isn’t advancing the load advance isn’t expensive, but it is a little more tricky to replace.   The little “C” clip that holds the front barrel together can get bent up from time to time.  Again this is a wear part, easy to replace and many of the tools have extra packed along with the tool.  Stay a way for a tool that has cracks or breaks on barrel or fastener guide.  If the tool fires and advances but make just a “poof” sound, almost like a bad load, it is likely the return pawl that reset the piston is warn.  Easy to replace but figure another $20 or so to fix.

When you are looking for a used Hilti DX350 tool you will find clone tools from Ramset, most notably the Cobra tool.  The Cobra is a great tool, but stay away from the Cobra Plus tools, many of the parts are not available.  As for prices, I have seen them all over the board but many good tools can be had for $100-$150 or so.  If you shop around you may find a tool with loads and pins to fit your application.  FYI the tool is a .27 caliber strip tool.  Loads are readily available at most big box stores.  The loads are color coded, going from the lowest, GREEN, YELLOW and then RED.  Start with the lowest power level and work up until you pin sets to correct depth.  Ramset, Simpson and Powers loads will work in the DX350 if they are .27 caliber strips.

Below are a few of the used Hilti DX350 tools available on ebay or click here for a more extensive search.

Hilti Powder Fasteners 44574/2 DX 350 19mm 3/4" Drive Pins Nails 1Box 100 Count

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HILTI DX 350 RAMSET COBRA REMINGTON 495 & 496 ANNULAR BALL & SPRING PARTS NEW

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Hilti DX-350 Powder Actuated Fastening Systems Nail Gun Kit With Case

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Hilti DX-350 Powder Actuated Fastening Systems Nail Gun Kit With Case

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3/8″ Threaded Rod Hanger For Ramset, Hilti P.A.T & Gas Tools

Ramset 38TRHSS 3/8" Shooter Clip For Ramset  & Hilti Tools

The Ramset 38TRHSS is a ceiling clip designed for installing 3/8″ threaded rod to concrete decks using either a powder actuated or gas powered tool from Ramset, Hilti, Simpson and others. The z shaped design features stamped 3/8″-16 threads and a premium 1″ pin. While not offering near the pullout of a 3/8″ drop in anchor, the 38TRHSS 3/8″ rod hanger offers some fairly decent pullout values for lighter weight applications. In 4,000 P.S.I concrete at 3/4″ penetration, you can obtain allowable pullout values of 100 pounds. Pull out data from Ramset.  The real advantage with the Ramset 38TRHSS 3/8″ rod hanger shooter clips is the speed.  So if your application is light enough, they are well worth looking at.

Consider a couple of other advantages of using the Ramset 3/8″ rod shooter clip. One added advantage that you may not have considered is the fact that you are not drilling do not have to contend with the Silica Dust regulations OSHA has implemented for any concrete drilling!  On some sites, you will find the actual quick shot of your powder actuated tool to be much less annoying than the sound of your rotary hammer.  Another advantage is installing the hanger with a pole tool for your Ramset or Hilti Tool.  Adding the threaded rod before you install can even keep you on the ground for a large portion of the install and may even help you get into tighter areas in crowded ceilings.

The Ramset 38TRHSS rod hanger is also rated for use in single shot gas tools such as the Ramset T3SS.  Gas tools require no certification and can be used on some sites that restrict the use of powder actuated tools.  Gas tools also work a little better on block applications with out over drive issues so you may find some creative horizontal uses for them as well.

You can find the Ramset 38TRHSS 3/8″ threaded rod shooter clip along with a wide variety of other threaded rod hanging options for 1/4″,3/8″ and 1/2″ threaded rod online at Construction Fastening.Net.  Not sure if our 3/8″ shooter clip will work in your tool?  Give us a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377 and we will do our best to help you out.

 

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Extension Pole For The Plastic Body Ramset Cobra Plus

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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.

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.

 

The Ramset XT540 Power Adjustable Powder Tool

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, Ramset XT540consider 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.

BX/EMT Conduit Straps For Hilti & Ramset Tools

If you are  mounting any EMT conduit or BX cable to masonry materials, give these one hole straps a try.  Designed for use with Ramset, Hilti and other powder actuated tools, these straps are available in sizes for BX cable, 1/2″,3/4″ and 1″ EMT.  The straps are preloaded with a 1″ pin with a .300 head for use in most powder tools offered by Hilit, Ramset and others.  Where can you use them?  The main application is for poured concrete or metal decking with concrete over the top.  I have seen many contractors use them in cinder block or in the horizontal mortar joints of brick as well all though you won’t find pullout data for some of these applications.  Pre cast concrete slabs can sometimes be fastened with a Hilti or Ramset tool but they can be very brittle, be ware of post tension with shallow cables.  Any time you use a Ramset, Hilti or other powder actuated tool, be safe and follow the manufactures recommendations, starting with lowest power level first.  Safety glasses and hearing protection are a given.  You may want to make others, especially in an occupied office aware that you will be using a nail gun!  Try these great time saving BX/EMT conduit straps with your Hilti, Ramset or other powder actuated tools to save time on your next project.

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Extension Pole Tool For Ramset Cobra & Hilti DX-350

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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