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.
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