A January 29, 2016 report in The Journal of Light Construction disclosed “… OSHA has finally sent its comprehensive rule governing worker exposure to silica dust to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final review.” This represents a last step before law. It’s expected the new silica rule will be in force no later than January 2017.
The Bosch-Simpson method – called the Speed Clean Dust Extraction Drill Bit System -- not only anticipates coming Federal regulation by dramatically reducing dust, but also presents a drilling method “installers love,” according to LaVine.
An innovative vacuum attachment to the drill bit’s internal channel removes dust and debris as it is generated by the high-speed carbide steel tip. The unobstructed tip no longer fights debris build-up, reducing friction and improving drill bit speed by 25 percent. Drilling is performed faster, with less fatigue for the installer.
At least one other system claims similar self-cleaning characteristics to the Bosch-Simpson Strong-Tie system. That system is not integrated with an adhesive solution however, forcing the specifier to find an adhesive correctly suited for the application. The Bosch-Simpson Strong-Tie system is an integrated solution that simplifies specification. Simpson Strong-Tie has worked closely with Bosch to formulate adhesives that provide consistent, predictable, and complementary performance to the Speed Clean dust extraction drill bit system.
The Bosch-Simpson Strong Tie drill bit system is also a more comprehensive solution. Specifiers can select from 11 diameters, from 7/16 to 1-3/8 inches, the largest selection in the industry. Each bit’s length is exactly 20 times the diameter of the anchor, so a holes can be drilled to maximum depth.
All Bosch-Simpson Strong-Tie drill bits are manufactured for maximum drill speed and life. According to Bill Dimitropoulos, Bosch marketing manager, “The Speed Clean drill bit is a single solid piece of steel, milled-out and with set carbide. The competing drill bit is made from different pieces of metal brazed and welded together. That process is easier to manufacture, but is also subject to potential weak spots.”
The Bosch-Simpson Strong-Tie drill bit performance is equivalent to standard drill bits, without loss of drill bit speed or life.
To learn more about the Bosch-Simpson Strong-Tie Drill Bit System for concrete anchoring, visit boschtools.com/us/en/speedclean.html. Or call 877.267.2499.