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HiltiAutomatic CompatibleFastener RangeCaliberWeightLength
DX460 MXYes1/2 to 2-7/8 inches.27 caliber7.78 pounds18.11 inches
Hilti DX460 MX
StoryID
501388
ToolNumber
1
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626976
Tester Comments
This tool is well-designed through and through. It's well-balanced, feels good in your hand all day, and is upgradeable to fully automatic?great for production speed. And, it works perfectly as a single-fire tool. The box could use some work.
Price
$669

Contact
Hilti
800-879-8000
hilti.com
PowersAutomatic CompatibleFastener RangeCaliberWeightLength
P3500No1/2 to 3 inches.27 caliber5 pounds13-1/2 inches
Powers P3500
StoryID
501388
ToolNumber
2
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626976
Tester Comments
This is a powerhouse tool with a good, basic layout and a good price. It's light and easy to maneuver in tight spots. I also like its sensibly laid-out box. It has a hefty recoil and is loud. I wish the grip was a little more comfortable.
Price
$250

Contact
Powers Fasteners
914-235-6300
powers.com
RamsetAutomatic CompatibleFastener RangeCaliberWeightLength
RT400MYes1/2 to 1-1/4 inches.27 caliber5.5 pounds17-1/2 inches
Ramset RT400M
StoryID
501388
ToolNumber
3
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626976
Tester Comments
I really like the spring action that advances the booster, making this a fast-shooting tool. It has smooth action and comes in both magazine and single shot versions. The fully automatic conversion shoots shorter pins than I often require, so it's limited on my sites, but might be great for others. The recoil is noticeable and the tool is loud. I wish it had a better box.
Price
$499

Contact
ITW Ramset Red Head
800-348-3231
ramset-redhead.com
RemingtonAutomatic CompatibleFastener RangeCaliberWeightLength
493 PowerProNo1/2 to 3 inches.27 caliber5.35 pounds14-3/8 inches
Remington 493 PowerPro
StoryID
501388
ToolNumber
4
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626976
Tester Comments
This is a very solid tool with smooth action. It's better for one-off work than production speed. It has a good, sensible box with plenty of room for a day's worth of pins and boosters.
Price
$319

Contact
DESA Specialty Products
800-858-8501
desatech.com
SimpsonAutomatic CompatibleFastener RangeCaliberWeightLength
PTP-27ALNo1/2 to 2-1/2 inches.27 caliber5.56 pounds17-1/4 inches
Simpson PTP-27AL
StoryID
501388
ToolNumber
5
ComponentId
tcm:78-1626976
Tester Comments
This is the price champion?the best combination of features and cost. The tool is well-balanced and deals with both recoil and noise very well. The box is the best in the group and the tool will soon have a fully automatic upgrade.
Price
$350

Contact
Simpson Strong-Tie Anchor Systems
800-999-5099
simpsonanchors.com