Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 51
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by cushdaddy fragile handguard
I bought this RamSet to fasten some sleepers to a concrete floor. It did the job just fine, but the handle is made from a very brittle and fragile composite plastic. Only one slightly off-center hit with the hammer will send a chunck of shattermatic plastic flying. I shot maybe a dozen nails before there was a piece of the tool layiing on the ground next to me. Very disappointed, but my local HD exchanged it for me. I'll be much more careful with the replacement. Older versions of this tool have more of a rubbery grip/handguard, which seems much more apt to withstand what is really normal wear & tear.
April 21, 2009
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Urban1 Does the job
Good economical choice for securing 2x4's to concrete. It took me a few tries to understand how hard tp swing the hammer to active the charge. Swing to light and nothing happens, swing too hard and you drive the nail too deep. I initially used a 16oz hammer but this just didn't cut it. I would recommend a 3 lb sledge. That way no force is required, just drop the hammer.
I didn't have any issues with the plastic handle breaking.
If I had to choose again I'd buy the version that's trigger operated but this is still a good tool.
May 19, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Chad Exactly what we needed
*I attached a short clip of the tool in action
I purchased this tool because my Brother needed help framing up his basement and I knew from MY experience that nailing/screwing into concrete is no fun so I suggested that we give this tool a try since it was so affordable. I bought this tool, a pack of 100 rounds and 25 2.5" nails. All in all it was about $35 to get started which is great. We bought the tool with the intention of nailing through treated 2x4s into the poured concrete slab in the basement as well as the cinder block walls at times and for those purposes it was perfect. You pull the barrel out just like a bolt action rifle, load a round, then gently and slowly close the chamber (i learned that if you try to do this quickly the round will pop out and kind of get lodged in the barrel funny and you'll have a misfire..). The best way to load it gently is what I called "seppuku" style (google image search that). Keep the butt in your sternum and at a slight angle, pull the barrel in towards the chest to close. It's simple to use, you just load the round, put the nail in the tip, put on goggles and earplugs of course, and then place the tip on the surface that you intend to fasten, make sure the tip of the tool is flush with the surface of what you're fastening, then with your free hand using a hammer, you give it a good whack right on the button. Moderate force is best, too light and the nail wont drive all the way, too much and it'll punch through too much. In my experience I found that too MUCH was better than too little because, although sometimes you can drive the nail the rest of thew way, sometimes you can't, and even when the nail is a little too deep, it's definitely fastened well..
The ONLY reason I didn't give this 5 of 5 is because of the trouble I had with brick. We bent 3 nails while attempting to nail into brick so that was a bit frustrating, so we ended up aiming for the mortar lines and it worked well there and it felt snug.
This tool is an amazing value, and the concept is so simple and effective. It just uses the combustion energy from the .22 round and drives the nail using that explosive force. It's ellegant in it's simplicity. Buy this tool if you have a small job and you need to nail into concrete. If it's a bigger basement or something, I would consider going with the trigger version of this although I don't have experience with it, I would definitely trust it based on this lower end version.
May 11, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ssgtguy Don't hit it too hard!
I bought this hammer shot to nail wall sole plates to the concrete floor. Problem 1 is that the nails don't always sink. problem 2 was that I had to replace the hammer shot twice because the shell got jammed in the chamber and I could not see any way to get it out. I think both problems arise from how hard you hit the trigger to fire the shell; too soft and you don't get the nail all the way in; too hard and the shell can get jammed in the chamber making it useless. I am going to try the trigger operated tool since two strikes is enough for this model; I may have to look at a different brand if I have another failure.
September 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Psalm19 Far Better Than Renting The Hilti
I had rented the Hilti from Home Depot on two prior occasions and really didn't have any problems with it. When I attempted to rent it this last time, I didn't have enough on my credit card to cover the rental and the deposit, so the young man working the rental desk suggested I just buy one of these for $25.00 or so. After using it, I believe it is actually superior to the Hilti. The Ramset comes with three different load options. The Hilti only one. All of the nails drove perfectly and to their full depth with no issues whatsoever.
September 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Allenw Works as expected
Although there were a few cartridges that did not go off, cannot blame that on the tool. The Hammer shot is easy to use and does a great job fastening treated lumber to concrete.
September 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by big0 worth ever penny
Finishing my basement in one room used the blue tapcon screws Which I've used for years Decided to buy this To do the remainder of the basement Wish I had this a long time ago will Save you a lot of time and aggravation. This is the best way to fasten anything into concrete
April 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Hardhiiter Does the job
It is easy to use, and does what it is supposed to. However, you must hit the head square on and with enough force, or the nail will not go all the way in. If you do hit it just right, it works great. If you have a lot to do, this product will not last too long, it will wear out quickly. For the price, it will work nicely for small jobs.
September 8, 2015