Best Hilti Tools at World of Concrete 2018
If you’re ever in Las Vegas this time of year, it’s nearly impossible to miss Hilti – even if you don’t have a pass to enter the lot. They have one of the largest booths at World of Concrete every year. It’s always a highlight for us to come visit considering just how deep their concrete lineup is. With a stellar reputation on the build quality side of things, they’re some of the best tools available. So what should you look for this year? Hang on – here are the best Hilti tools at World of Concrete 2018.
Best Hilti Tools at World of Concrete 2018
Hilti WMS-100 Water Management System
Every show we attend, people always want to know what we think is the most impressive tool. Normally, that’s a tough call, but the Hilti WMS-100 Water Management System is a no-brainer for both Clint and me. When you’re core drilling, you need water – lots of water. It’s what helps keep the core bit cool and contains the dust in a slurry. That’s great when you’re near a water source, but things get tricky when you’re not. Typically, you’ll look for 5-gallon buckets and the lowest man on the totem pole to haul water for you.
The heart of the WMS-100 looks like a dust extractor but is very different on the inside. It allows you to capture the slurry but recycle the water as many as 7 times. A shroud surrounds the core bit to retrieve the slurry and contain the mess. The bottom line – a little more than 4 gallons of water recycles into 30 gallons and gets you through a full day’s worth of work in most cases. The system retails for $1599 and comes with 6 bags and a 5″ shroud.
Hilti TE 2000-AVR Demo Hammer
Hilti has several popular demo hammers like the TE-3000 for heavy-duty breaking and the TE-1000 that’s light enough to pick up tackle walls. The balance between weight and impact energy is something every Pro has to consider and Hilti is dialing in the TE-2000 for a pretty impressive power-to-weight ratio. Coming in with 26 ft. lbs. of impact energy, Hilti keeps the TE-2000 at just 32 pounds.
There are other features as well. A simple cord swap means that you can change out a cord in about 5 seconds, even borrowing one from another tool if you need to. Either way, you keep the tool running rather than waiting. There’s also Hilti’s AVR vibration reduction built into the system. While that doesn’t make the job go faster, it sure helps with the amount of abuse your body takes over the course of a day. Look for the TE-2000 AVR to start at $1899.
Hilti HIT-HY 270
When you’re working around masonry, it’s tough to know exactly what’s behind the brick. Is it filled or hollow? Are there other materials hiding unseen? Hilti’s HIT-HY 270 is an adhesive system that lets you anchor into masonry with much more confidence – even in the grout. You drill as usual, insert a screen tube (that’s the part that makes the magic happen), fill with adhesive, and insert the threaded rod.
The screen tube allows adhesive to expand and grab hold in hollow spaces so you still get a strong grip. When it’s not a hollow space, adhesive still expands outside the tube, anchoring to the masonry. Either way, you’re secure. The screen tubes stack to give you any length you need, so the limitation ends up falling more on the strength of the masonry and capacity of your rotary hammer rather than your adhesive’s ability to anchor in varying conditions.
Hilti TE 6-A22 Rotary Hammer
Why do Pros turn to 36V tools over 18V (or 22V in Hilti’s case)? Because you get more power. Normally that’s the case, but somewhere along the line, I’m guessing a friendly bet took place at the Hilti headquarters. Someone got the idea that maybe, just maybe, they could take the Hilti TE 6-A36, swap the 36V battery pack for a 22V pack, and still get the same performance. Insane, right?
Wrong. Hilti got it to work. You get the same impact energy and speed, even the same onboard dust extractor as the TE 6-A36 on the new TE 6-A22. The only difference is that the smaller packs will limit your runtime and give you less weight to hold. For Pros that are already invested in the Hilti 18V/22V system, it’s a way to avoid having jump up to 36V.
Hilti Connect Tool Management
All new Hilti tools are receiving an NFC (near field communication) tag to interact with the new Hilti Connect system. Using your Hilti login, the Android/iPhone app auto-fills all of your tools and their relevant data. You can see when you purchased a tool, when its 2-year no cost service runs out, when its 20-year warranty is up, and access the manual on your phone along with OSHA standards. You can request service straight from your phone and print a shipping label back at the office to get your 1-day service turnaround started. You’ll even see service and repair cost data, letting you know how much you’ve spent on the tool so you can decide when it’s worth repairing or when you should simply replace it.
Great, so what about those not-so-new Hilti tools? As you send those tools in for service or repair, Hilti will install an NFC tag free of charge and without having to request it. Even if you don’t plan on using the tag, it will be there in case things change down the road.
Pro Tool Reviews Takes Over Hilti’s Facebook Page
In case you missed it, we grabbed a phone from Hilti, logged into their Facebook page and spent some quality time taking you around the booth live. And since it’s live, you get to see everything as it happened. While we’re safely back in central Florida, you can still check out the action for yourself.
In case you missed our live takeover at the Hilti booth at World of Concrete – lots of fun!
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