New Metal Connector Nailers Offer Extended Magazines

SENCO has added two new pneumatic nail guns with increased magazine capacity to its JoistPro line of metal connector nailers. The new JoistPro 150MXP and JoistPro 250MXP, used for fastening metal structural connectors like joist hangers, seismic/hurricane straps and rafter ties, feature several design innovations beyond magazine size that improve durability and boost productivity on the jobsite.

The JoistPro 150MXP fires 1 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .148 inches in diameter. Its new magazine holds two strips of SENCO paper-tape collated nails, cutting downtime for reloading in half. The 150MXP also features a redesigned adjustable hook made from heavier-gauge steel, allowing the nailer to be securely hung from a tool belt or rafter when not in use. 

It weighs just 5.3 pounds, allowing pros to work longer with less fatigue. The tool features a nose design that exposes each nail tip before it fires for exact placement into the pre-punched holes in metal connecting hardware.

SENCO’s more powerful JoistPro 250MXP fires 1 1/2-inch to 2 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .162 inches in diameter. Like the 150MXP, the 250MXP features an increased-capacity magazine that holds two strips of paper-tape collated nails. It also includes the updated belt/rafter hook. 

Additionally, the 250MXP features an all-new nosepiece that provides accurate nail placement into pre-punched metal framing hardware. The redesigned nosepiece is sharper and more pronounced, making it easier to probe the pre-punched holes on metal connectors and achieve a perfect, flush drive every time. Durability updates have also been made to the 250MXP’s depth-of-drive wheel, which allows users to drive nails to a consistent, controllable depth. 

The tool features a rear-load magazine that captures the fastener by the head, so there’s no need for manual adjustments when switching between standard 1 ½-inch nails and the 2 ½-inch nails required by code in hurricane and seismic zones. 

According to the manufacturer, both products include all the leading features that are hallmarks of the JoistPro line, including a 360-degree adjustable exhaust port that directs blowback away from the user; a lockout that prevents dry firing and signals the user when it is time to reload; a full-comfort grip that reduces fatigue and minimizes slipping; and the power to drive nails into even the toughest substrates, such as engineered lumber. 

For more information, visit www.senco.com

Gauge Tool Set Quickly Determines Type of Clamp or Bracket Needed

The LMCurbs gauge tool set was designed to help customers save time and money by quickly determining the type of clamp or bracket that is needed for a metal roofing application. There are two styles, one for the S-5! Utility Clamps and one for the five different profiles of the S-5! RibBrackets.

With these gauges, contractors can instantly determine which clamp or RibBracket best fits the metal roof profile while at jobsite. These gauges will greatly reduce the need for shipping out samples to test fit. For the estimators and installers that need to provide a quick estimate and/or begin an expedited install, these gauges could easily save a day or two of back and forth trying to determine the correct product, according to the manufacturer.

Customized laser etching is available, allowing companies to hand them out to their customers with their contact information.

Applications and uses include:

  • ColorGard
  • Dual-Gard
  • LMCurbs IDS
  • LMCurbs SnowGuard
  • SnoRail/SnoFence
  • Solar
  • Solar Attachment 
  • Tools & Hardware
  • Utility
  • X-Gard

For more information, visit www.lmcurbs.com

OptiWeld Technology Automatically Calibrates New RhinoBond Tool

OMG Roofing Products introduces a new RhinoBond tool with OptiWeld Technology, providing automatic calibration on membrane up to 80 mils. According to the company, OMG’s exclusive OptiWeld Technology optimizes the energy required to generate sound and consistent bonds with installed OMG RhinoBond Plates.

 “While the RhinoBond System is already easy to use, roofing contractors frequently ask about a simplified calibration process,” said Patrick O’Connor, RhinoBond product manager. “OptiWeld technology eliminates the calibration process by automatically monitoring the temperature of the RhinoBond Plate during the welding cycle to assure the best bond possible, and in so doing saves valuable time and labor for contractors daily during the set-up process.”

In addition to OptiWeld, the new tool features an LED touch screen interface that controls the tool’s functionality. From the home screen, contractors can set a preferred language (currently English or Spanish, with other languages to be added in the future), adjust the brightness of the display screen, set the sound level and desired tone, as well as review and adjust the OptiWeld settings if necessary. 

“We wanted to ensure that contractors could also manually adjust the tool for specific circumstances,” said O’Connor, “so we also built that functionality into the tool with a look and feel that matches the current RhinoBond tools.”

The new OptiWeld Tools can also track the daily weld-cycles completed, so that contactors can monitor use.  In addition, contractors can trouble-shoot from the menu and access the on-line Owner’s Manual if necessary.  Other updates for the tool include a new designed and ergonomically friendly handle grip that provides enhanced protection for the activation trigger and more robust electronics for improved tool reliability. 

The new tool weighs 21 pounds (9.6 kg), and operates on 110V and 220V power sources for global use. Each tool comes with six magnetic cooling clamps, and a durable carrying case that protects the induction tool when not in use. Using a 12 gauge RhinoBond Power Cord (sold separately), the RhinoBond tool can be operated up to 100 feet (30 m) from the power source. 

The RhinoBond System is designed for use with TPO and PVC roofing membranes and approved by leading roof system manufacturers. The System uses advanced induction welding technology to bond roofing membranes directly to specially-coated plates used to secure the insulation to the deck. The result is a roofing system with improved wind performance that requires fewer fasteners, plates, and seams, and zero penetrations of the new membrane. Since it was introduced in 1998, over 2.5 billion square feet (232 million square meters) of membrane has been installed with the RhinoBond System in 38 countries around the globe. 

For more information, please contact your local OMG field sales representative, OMG Customer Service at (800) 633-3800, or visit www.OMGRoofing.com.

New Circular Saw Blades Feature Nickel Cobalt Teeth

Spyder Products expands its range of circular saw blades with the release of several new options. Spyder’s line of circular saws now spans from 6 1/2-inch to 12-inch sizes for use in miter, table and portable circular saws. Each blade features ultra-tough NiCo (Nickel Cobalt) teeth for long-lasting cutting efficiency, alternating tooth bevel design (ATB) to create clean rip cuts and crosscuts, and an interfused anti-friction coating.

According to the manufacturer, the strong NiCo teeth of Spyder’s circular saw blades are triple sharpened and, when combined with the ATB design, deliver a much smoother cut for a range of applications — from framing and general construction to specialty demolition and fine finish work. Spyder’s interfused anti-friction coating protects the blade against heat, gumming and corrosion. Polymer stabilization vents reduce noise and vibration allowing for rapid drive through the substrate. 

For those involved in demo work, the line now includes a 7-1/4-inch 24T demolition blade, equipped with Demo Drive teeth that last up to 10 times longer than standard blades when cutting through nail-embedded wood. 

The 10-inch 60T and 12-inch 80T versions are engineered for fine finish work, making them ideal for trim and remodeling projects, according to the company. Both blades are built for use in compound miter saws and sliding miter saws. However, the 12-inch 80T model features a diamond knockout making it compatible with worm drive and sidewinder circular saws.

The 7-1/4-inch and 6-1/2-inch 24T models are built for framing and general construction applications. And fine finish work is a breeze with the fine (40T) and ultra-fine (60T) 7-1/4-inch blades.

For more information, visit www.spyderproducts.com.

Adhesive Carts Updated to Enable 6- and 12-Inch O.C. Bead Spacing

OMG Roofing Products announces that OMG BeadPro Carts, which apply canister based OlyBond500 Insulation Adhesive, now offer roofing contractors a choice of 6- or 12-inch on center bead application. OMG BeadPro Carts offer a stable platform for holding adhesive canisters and allows contractors to apply four adhesive beads spaced perfectly at 6- or 12-inches on center. Contactors simply load the cart with the canisters, secure the hoses, and apply straight line beads of OlyBond500 Insulation Adhesives. 

“Applying adhesive in straight-lines is the most efficient method for installing canister-based OlyBond500, and helps contractors achieve published coverage rates,” said Jim Lavallee, adhesives product manager for OMG Roofing Products. “While 12-inch on center bead spacing is common, we’ve seen a greater number of specifications requiring 6-inch on center bead spacing, so we updated the OMG BeadPro Cart to accommodate that application.”

OMG BeadPro Carts do not have pumps or other mechanical equipment that require maintenance, and come with solid tires that won’t go flat. In addition, each OMG BeadPro has a nozzle holder, hose hook for storage and a lifting ring for hoisting the cart to the roof easily. Disposable hose assemblies come with a secondary in-line static mixer for higher rise and better yield and connect directly to the applicator assembly supplied with the OlyBond500 Canister set.

“With the continuing labor shortage in the roofing industry, the diverse OMG BeadPro Cart provides a one-man solution for applying perfectly spaces adhesives from canisters,” said Lavallee. “ Not only is it simple and easy-to-use, but it also eliminates the need to bring wagons, wheelbarrow or other miscellaneous equipment to the roof.” 

For more information, visit www.OMGBeadPro.com.

Refillable System for Commercial Roofing Adhesives

ICP Building Solutions Group’s latest low-slope commercial roofing solution is a refillable system and is intended to pair with the company’s Polyset CR-20 and Board-Max adhesives. Polyset CR-20 is a low-rise, two-component polyurethane foam adhesive engineered for speed and simplicity. According to the company, it’s ideal for adhering fleece back membranes in both new and re-roof applications. Polyset Board-Max adhesive is specifically engineered to secure insulation and cover boards to various roof decks, cover boards and substrates. 

The new refillable cylinder options provide the same quality adhesives and a lower applied cost per square foot, with the same Handi-Gun dispensing unit and ColorWise Temperature Warning Nozzles, making it easy to access hard-to-reach areas and provide faster application on open roofs. According to the manufacturer, the system offers a higher coverage rate than disposable tanks, and low cost to entry makes this system ideal for high-volume and high-efficiency roofing contractors. 

“As part of our mission as an organization to innovate with contractors’ needs in mind, we’re pleased to bring refillable systems to the market, paired with our leading Polyset CR-20 and Board-Max adhesives,” said Dave Spaulding, director of sales, ICP BSG Low Slope Roofing Products. “This offering reduces equipment and applied costs while reducing the environmental impact of work, both on and off the job site, by eliminating landfill waste.” 

After the completion of the job, returning the cylinders is easy. When the tanks are empty, contractors simply return them to the pallet, wrap the pallet, and call the 800 number that comes with the cylinders on the Bill of Lading. There is no return freight for the contractor because the return freight is built into the total cost of the product, making this a greener solution with fewer steps for the contractor. 

For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com

Fastener Designed for Use With Oriented Strand Board

Triangle Fastener Corporation announces the addition of a #10 CONCEALOR with the patent-pending BURR BUSTER technology, specifically developed for use in oriented strand board. This new fastener offers the latest thread technology designed to produce superior performance.

According to the manufacturer, it provides up to 80 percent more pullout load on OSB compared to other screws, and the single lead, low-angle thread helps reduce problems associated over-driving the fastener. The fasteners offer more resistance to loosening due to more consistent tightening 

Triangle Fastener Corporation provides standard and specialty fastener, sealants, tools, and accessories to the commercial roofing and siding industries. They have 23 locations and provide engineering support from the TFC Tech Center. 

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com

New High-Performance Reciprocating Saw Blades

The L.S. Starrett Company offers its new series of “3X Power” Bi-Metal Reciprocating Saw Blades featuring teeth that cut more efficiently. According to the company, the blades enable users to make up to three times the number of cuts than conventional blades, and are engineered for use on corded and cordless saws. Starrett 3X Power blades are also highly resistant to breakage and feature a reinforced shank.

The Starrett line of 3X Power Bi-Metal Recip Blades includes blades for cutting wood, metal, multiple materials and heavy-duty cutting:

  • Wood cutting blades are available in 6″, 9″ and 12″ lengths, in 3 or 6 teeth per inch (TPI), and feature straight or tapered shape.
  • Metal cutting blades are available in 4″, 6″ and 8″ lengths, in 14, 18 or 24 TPI, and have a straight shape. 
  • Multi-material cutting blades cut metal, plastics, wood, and rubber and are available in 6″, 9″ and 12″ lengths, in 6 – 10, 10 and 10 – 14 TPI, and have a tapered or straight shape. In addition, a 12″, 10 – 14 TPI tapered blade that is ideal for cutting car bodies, is also offered.
  • King Cut 3X Heavy-Duty blades feature heat-treated teeth with a super-aggressive pitch set designed to slice through virtually any material. Exceptional strength, fast cutting action and long life make the blades ideal for heavy-duty demolition, emergency vehicle extrication and other demanding cutting applications. King Cut 3X Power Blades are available in 6″, 8″, 9″ and 12″ lengths, in 6-10, 10-14 and 18 TPI, and feature a straight or tapered shape.

Starrett 3X Power Reciprocating Blades are packaged in 2-blade blister card packs, or in plastic tubes with 5, 20 or 50 blades. For more information, visit www.starrett.com/3xpower.

Portable Automatic Welder Weighs 31 Pounds

Steinel America offers the HG ROOF, a new compact, portable automatic welding machine. Powered by the flagship HG 2620 E heat gun, this tool boasts a 10,000-hour motor life and field changeable parts, keeping crews working efficiently. According to the company, the HG ROOF weighs 31 pounds and can be used with any overlap welding material (PVC, vinyl, tarpaulin, etc.) This automatic welding machine is compact and portable, and features a 2,000 watt output and high pressing force. 

Steinel America will be in Dallas, Texas, February 4-6, 2020 at the International Roofing Expo (IRE). Steinel will be hosting an in-booth happy hour and live demonstrations. 

For more information, visit http://www.steinel.net/Heat_Tools

Insulated Box Heaters Extend the Season for Temperature-Sensitive Adhesives

OMG Roofing Products now offers Powerblanket foam box heaters to extend the season for using OlyBond500 Canister Adhesives. Insulated Powerblanket foam box heaters are designed to provide uniform heat to minimize waste with temperature-sensitive insulation adhesives such as OlyBond500 during cold temperature applications. Powerblankets operate on standard 120 volt current and come with a 6-foot cord.  Each black vinyl foam blanket is 16 inches square, heats 2.37 cubic feet of space and accommodates one carton containing an OlyBond500 Canister.

“It’s important that the canisters are stored and the adhesive is dispensed at about 70°F,” said Jim Lavallee, OlyBond product manager for OMG Roofing Products. “This ensures that there’s adequate pressure in the tanks and that the viscosity of each part is maintained to keep the final mixture on-ratio. The Powerblankets do a great job in keeping OlyBond Canisters at the appropriate temperature for dispensing.”

OlyBond Canisters inside Powerblankets foam boxes easily fit into the OMG BeadPro Cart, as well as into wagons, wheelbarrows or other similar carts which can be easily moved around on the roof. For additional information, contact your local OMG field service representative, call (800) 633-3800 or visit www.OMGRoofing.com.