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Setting Tool for hollow wall fixings

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by aveatry, 18 Jan 2019.

  1. aveatry

    aveatry

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    I have read a few reviews about the rawlplug ones in screwfix and the not branded ones in screwfix / tool station but they all seem rubbish with people saying they break after low use. Any recommendations for a better quality one under £20. On googling I found a ficher one that looked good but then realised it was £40
     
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    Agree they are mostly ****e! Might well be worth shelling out on the expensive one and making a point of keeping the receipt and asking for a refund if it gives up.
     
  3. aveatry

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    Thanks. I know I can use the fixings without but have had problems with them turning in the whole. I have read on here a trick to use a nut and a couple of washers on the screw and hold the screw in place and tighten the nut to pull it up.
     
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    That trick gets you by for one or two fastenings but is a right faff if you are doing any more than that (e.g. for Spur shelving uprights). The last Rawlplug one I had wasn't that bad, but it was bought 4 or 5 years ago. Its' predecessor, a different design but also from Rawl, has lasted the best part of 25 years and is still OK apart from the loss of a circlip (which means it periodically falls apart! This appears to be a common failing). By its' nature this sort of tool is always going to be a cheap and cheerful bit of kit - nobody is going to pay £40 for a setting tool, are they? Just what sort of failures are people reporting? Asking as I've yet to break one - all I do is lose circlips

    On the flip side I have a newer tool, a Spit Zentech setting tool, which we were given free by the distributor. I've used it a few times and it seems to be slightly better than the newer Rawl (and a lot better than some of the no-name Chinese carp I've come across). Maybe that would suit you. Can't say how good it will be, though, as I haven't yet done dozens of anchors with it
    Spit Zentech 059548 Hollow Wall Anchor Tool 001_01.jpg
     
  5. aveatry

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    Thanks for the info. I have not tried the nut trick myself but as you a bit of a faf but luckily for me I dont think I will be using them much - hence the desire to not spen too much on a tool. Reading the screwfix reviews they seem to fall apart. And I need one that will do M6 I have thought I could grind down one of the m6 ones to fit to use as just the setting screw puller and keep it with the tool.
     
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    If they fall apart it'll be the circlips which have gone. other than the odd drop of oil on the steel pins and keeping an eye on them I can't see there's much else can be done
     
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    Don’t use them very often so just hold on position with pliers and spin then down with extra long screw , ( cordless drill )then remove screw and use correct length, or use claw hammer under screw to set them will piece of ply under Hammer to spread load.
     
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    Update. Thanks for all the input. I went for the Rawlplug one from screwfix at £13.95. I can see the circlips that people say fall off and so will keep an eye on them and if they fall off out of warranty then I will just pop a new clip on.
     
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  9. aveatry

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    Finally got around to posting some pictures, may be helpful for others.
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    Dont seem a lot that can break on it apart from the issue with the circlips which I will keep an eye on and replace if they fall off.
    I did find that I was over squeezing and heard some part of the fixing give way behind the plasterboard but it still held ok
     
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