DEWALT announces a new range of innovative anchoring and fastening solutions designed for performance and productivity. Central to the offering is the pairing with DEWALT’s range of 20V MAX* and new FLEXVOLT™ cordless rotary hammers along with a full range of accessories and setting tools. The addition of FLEXVOLT™ Rotary Hammers allows for a new leap in DEWALT’s pursuit of a fully cordless system solution for concrete and masonry applications. With the addition of the anchors and fasteners line, DEWALT can now offer a full system for the entire project from the design phase through construction and completion.
The new range of DEWALT anchors will launch in the back half of 2016, and the existing Powers range of anchors and fasteners will transition to the DEWALT brand over a period of time. As pioneers in their fields, DEWALT has been developing innovative installation tools, and Powers Fasteners has been creating anchor solutions for construction projects throughout the world. Powers is a leader in the concrete and masonry fastening industry, specializing in providing solutions for the design and specification phases of construction. Once construction begins, DEWALT has been the trusted brand of choice for Contractors using professional power tools. Both DEWALT and Powers products have been used in the design and construction of many of the world’s most iconic structures.
In 2012, Powers Anchors and Fasteners became part of the DEWALT family, part of the key mission to own the entire project, from the design phase and through the construction phase. Since then, the hard work of bringing the two companies together has been underway. Engineers from both companies began working together, collaborating to design anchors and tools alongside one another to deliver a complete system focused on performance and productivity. Significant investments have been made in expanding the Field Engineering program, a team that works side by side with Structural Engineers to assist in the selection, design and specification of construction fasteners. “The results of this investment have been significant. The latest construction reports show that our products are now specified on many of the largest jobsites throughout the U.S. Today, we unveil the next phase we’ve been working toward since 2012: a complete, cordless installation tool and anchoring system solution under one brand,” said Director of Marketing, Sean Kelly. To insure a successful brand transition, the Powers brand will remain on DEWALT Anchors packaging as “Engineered By Powers.” This strategy will be used on all packaging and literature.
DEWALT cast-in-place anchors
Part of the DEWALT Anchors launch is an updated and extended range of cast-in-place anchors. Meant to be used in construction projects where the anchors are placed prior to the concrete being poured, a growing trend for construction sites in the U.S., these new DEWALT anchors are designed to deliver fast and reliable installations leveraging the trend toward BIM (Building Information Modeling).
DEWALT Woodknocker® II
For use in wood concrete form applications, this cast-in-place insert anchor is designed to be more stable than previous designs. Improvements include a much wider base that reduces the likelihood of accidental kick over after installation. Also, the nails are raised and now sit inside the base, removing the sharp points of the nails when handling prior to installation. A new membrane design has been added to the underside of the base to reduce the likelihood of concrete seeping into the threads during the concrete pour. Additionally, a multi-thread option has been added to the range, allowing for the installer to have the option for 3/8” or 1/2” rod hanging, a useful flexibility if the job requirements change after the concrete is poured. Upon launch the parts are expected to have approvals to meet the latest in building code standards.
For use in metal deck applications, this cast-in-place insert is used. The existing range is updated to include a multi-thread option for 3/8” or 1/2” rods. All Parts are on track to have FM, UL, and ICC approvals upon launch.
DEWALT Deck Insert™ (DDI™)
Metal deck forms are corrugated and the placement of the anchors must be exact according to the design of the project. The new DDI™ insert solves this common issue and allows a cast-in-place insert to be placed on any surface of the deck including the incline where traditional metal deck inserts cannot be installed. The long, steel brace allows for installation in any position needed and delivers a rod beneath the surface of the deck at the same height since the part is always installed in the top of the deck flute. Pre-mounted screws allow for fast installation. A shoulder feature on the bolt insures the proper embedment depth. All diameters are planned to have the approvals required for the latest building code standards.
DEWALT post-installation anchors
While the increased productivity benefit of the cast-in-place method causes it to be the growing trend, the majority of construction projects continue to utilize the conventional post-installation method of anchoring. Like with cast-in-place anchors, quick installation is the top request from contractors.
For the contractor installing structural components such as columns or beams as well as non-structural components like windows, warehouse racking or railing, the new Screw-Bolt+™ allows for faster installation compared to a conventional anchor**. Special geometry of the threads and dust relief grooves in the core allow for fast installation. This new system removes the need for a manual torque wrench for proper installation. A DEWALT Impact Wrench can be matched with the size of anchor and used for fast installation. The installation method of this new anchor is performed much like installing a screw into wood. The design of the anchor allows it to have this fast installation method yet still has the high holding performance needed. The Screw-Bolt+™ will replace the Innovative Powers Wedge-Bolt®. The new design can be installed with a standard ANSI drill bit and is designed to install in dense aggregate and high compressive strength concrete. The new design is on track to launch with a full array of approvals designed to meet the latest building codes.
For the MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) Contractors hanging pipe, cable trays and other components to ceilings, this new line of anchors shares the same thread and shank design of concrete Screw-Bolt+™ and is a fast and easy method for rod hanging. The broad range includes many different options to cover the various application needs of these trades in the three key application materials: concrete slabs, wood joists, and metal structural components. Options within the range include female & male threads integrated into the anchor ready to receive a hanger and also options for special circumstances like heads that swivel giving nearly 90 degrees of rotation for flexible positioning. The Hangermate®+ line is on track to have a full selection of approvals required for the latest building code upon launch.
Adhesive anchoring solutions
Also a post-installation method of anchoring, the adhesive anchoring process is used to bond rebar or threaded rod into drilled holes in concrete and masonry. The post install rebar application is one that has very specific requirements to be completed correctly. To be approved for use, a matched system must be developed and tested together to insure the stringent approval requirements are met. On track to launch with these approvals for a front half 2017 launch is a matched system including a FLEXVOLT™ SDS Max Rotary Hammer with the performance to drill the deep holes required, a hollow drill bit range to clean the holes while drilling, and both acrylic and epoxy adhesives powered by a 20V MAX* dispenser. Additionally, a hollow drill bit range will be available to be used with our powerful Perform & Protect™ dust extractors and when used with the DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ portable power station, it allows the application to be completed on battery power only.
20V MAX* - Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.
**5/8” Screw-Bolt+™ compared to 5/8” SD1 using the allowed impact wrench for the Screw-Bolt+™ and the required manual torque wrench for the SD1.
DEWALT’s Perform & Protect™ line of power tools is designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: control, dust containment, or low vibration, without sacrificing performance.