Lately we have received a few calls about 3/8″ stud guns for installing 3/8″ studs into concrete and steel so I wanted to create a little post about the tools. Installing 3/8″ threaded studs with a powder actuated tool is nothing new but just isn’t as common as it used to be. It still is the fastest way to suspend 3/8″ rod from concrete. From a time standpoint, there is no comparison between shooting in a stud vs. drilling in an anchor. While you may have some noise, it’s a short pop rather than the hammering noise that can last for 20-30 seconds with a rotary hammer. You also have minimal dust to contend with. For years the primary users of these types of tools were fire sprinkler installers and electricians but really anyone installing 3/8″ rod from concrete would have use for such a tool.
We do stock the 3/8″ studs, loads and rod couplers for 3/8″ tools but we do not stock the tools themselves. If you want to go with a Hilti tool, your options are Hilti direct or the used market. If you go the used route, make sure you use a seller that has a good reputation and make certain they will stand behind the tool if it arrives DOA. As for the DeWalt, it isn’t something that you can pick up at a big box stores but if you search the net for DeWalt P3600 or part number 52010-PWR you can find it.