Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 22
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Texas HUGE time saver.
This is the one of the, if not the, most time saving tools I own.
When anchoring 2 by 4s to concrete to frame out a wall, I had been drilling a hole through the 2 by 4, then in to the concrete, and then using a concrete anchor. To install each anchor took about 3 minutes - drill the lumber, drill the concrete, insert the anchor, and finally tighten down the anchor. With this tool it takes me literally a second!
I used a 3 inch anchor and it effortlessly went through the 2 by 4, through the 1/16th inch metal bottom plate, and in to the concrete. Locking everything in place.
Operation could not be simpler. Load a strip of 10 'rounds' in to the base, add an anchor to the tip, press on to the surface to be anchored and pull the trigger, that is it!. After each anchor is fired, you cycle the cylinder (kind of like how you would a pump action shotgun) and the next round is chambered, just add another anchor to the tip and repeat.
This is not one of those clumsy tools that require you strike the tip with a hammer, this just needs a simple pull of a trigger.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy using this tool over the 'old fashioned' way. It is very fast, very easy to use, and works perfectly.
August 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Neelam Very capable tool
Attaching the pressure treated 2X4 to steal columns or securing flake board to the concrete floor, this gun worked great and saved a lot of time for me.
Since each surface of concreate and steel has different density, a standard guideline might not always work for every single scenario. I had to try it out first to see what works best. Once I gaged the power level I would need with the loads, I was flying through my task and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
On board power adjustment had been very convenient for me in scenarios of under-drive, instead of using a higher load; I just increased the power level. Same worked for over-drive scenarios. So start with medium load and power level and then adjust up/down.
As long as you use the right combination of the power, load and the pin, it will not under OR over drive. But then again, nothing is perfect.
Tasks I used to achieve with rotary hammer and SDS bits are now done by this single gun in fraction of the time.
It needs no charging or electric connection, a true mobile tool couldn’t get better than that.
One very important feature it offers is that I cannot press the trigger until the tool is firmly pressed against the target and that brings peace of mind for me.
Construction is solid and grip feels good in the hands. Slim carrying case offers sufficient storage space for my loads and pins. Eyes and ears protection is not just a good idea but rather must.
Overall, I am very impressed with its capabilities and how it’s saving time and cost for me.
August 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Faisal Great performance and ease of use
It’s my first power actuated tool and I am all-round impressed with its performance and ease of use. Pretty much all grades of concrete have the ability to compress into surrounding voids so this tool was perfect candidate for what I was trying to achieve. I fired about 100+ red loads to secure treated lumber with a 4 months old concrete for my garage extension using 3” pins. No miss fires and most of the pins were driven precisely.
Once the pin secures the object, it isn’t easy to remove so make sure that the object is in place and aligned as you planned before you fire.
I really appreciate the adjustable power through a simple dial that makes this tool quite flexible. Three power levels, three standard loads (Red, Yellow and Green) and then the size of the pin are not the only determining factors how precise the drive will be. You also need to consider composition of base material, thickness of the object to fasten and even the temperature. Considering all, fire some tests, get the right options and this gun will deliver every single time.
Carrying case is nice, sturdy and has a pad lock slot. I love the fact that it will not fire until depressed against the target.
User Manual is quite thorough and provides great operational techniques. That’s a must read.
The kit comes with few extra parts, cleaning tools and eyes safety glasses.
I am all for it and highly recommend it.
August 8, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mrd not enough power
same power as the lower model ($200 less) not worth it
October 27, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by 42warthog Not up to the job it was designed for
This Ramset (the Cobra) was not up to the job and had to be returned. Previously used 22 cal unit with yellow (#4) loads but was not getting sufficient penetration through 2 x 6 yellow pine. Purchased the larger, more powerful Cobra unit (27 cal) and red (#5) high powered loads. Still not sufficient penetration through 2 x 5 with 2 1/2 fasteners to get the job done. Returned tool and used the "old fashioned" method with concrete drill (tungsten carbide + hammer drill) and steel fasteners. I don't think the time saving with the Cobra offsets the problems with insufficient penetration and holding power.
March 10, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Duke Don't bother with Ramset
You can buy the Hilti equivalent of this tool for $199. It's called the DX 2 and was released earlier this year. Far superior to the Ramset.
March 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Saber NICE!
We used this when we restored the milk house on our farm land. It is a block building but the window and door frames all rotted out. We used the ramset to anchor the frames to the blocks. Worked great. Word of warning though, the instruction manual is not real clear on some things. I had to go on the internet and watch a video to figure out how to make it fire the first time. The manual was not clear. Once I figured it out though, the nail gun works great.
September 9, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Stephie Nailer
This is a heavy-duty, very complicated nail gun that you need to get online certification before you use the tool. It also takes specialized nails only using their brand. However, the instructions are detailed and clearly written, It also comes in its own bright orange plastic case with accessories (except the nails).
August 13, 2014