Deck Fasteners

Stand-up systems for deck fastening

We have two stand-up systems for fastening decking – one a screw fastening solution and the other a direct fastening solution.

They both include stand-up installation tools and a wide range of collated screws and nails to fasten decking to bar joists, thick and thin steel, HTU, or metal.

Both are designed to speed up installation, to be ergonomic and are alternatives to welding.

stand up decking tool for screws

Screw Fastening System

Our screw fastening system can be used for both sidelap and frame fastening and is designed to be:

  • Ergonomic – with the Hilti SDT there’s little need for bending down
  • Fast to use – the Hilti SDT is mobile, so no need to carry a power supply onto the deck
  • Productive – it works with collated screw strips, designed to work continually with less stopping and starting, helping to save time on the jobsite
  • High loads - it can achieve higher loads compared to single standard #10 screws

The system includes:

  • Hilti SDT stand-up tool

    Stand-up tool SDT

    no need for bending, it’s ergonomic, designed to install both sidelap and frame fastening. Also known as the Hilti ‘bicycle’ and Hilti ‘pogo stick’. Use a Hilti Speed Kit to drive it even faster.

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    Hilti ST 1800 A-22 cordless screw driver

    Cordless tool ST 1800 A-22

    It’s mobile with no need for power cables on the jobsite.

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    Hilti speedy screw fastener

    Sidelap connector SLC01

    designed for speed and the best in its class. It can take high loads and is chipless.

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    Range of Hilti collated strips and screws

    Extensive range of other collated strips and screws

    in addition to the SLC01 sidelap connector, we also offer other self-drilling screws, such as the ‘Racing Tip’ drill point.

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See just how fast you can work with the SDT stand-up tool.

How to use the Hilti SDT

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Getting started

Getting started with the SDT 5 decking system

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How to assemble

How to assemble the SDT 5 decking system

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How to use

How to use the SDT 5 decking system

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SDT 5 decking system - troubleshooting

Another Alternative to Welding - Direct Fastening Systems

Our mechanical screw fastening and direct fastening solutions can attach decking to bar joists of structural steel beams.

  • Designed for fast installation – our stand-up tools, collated screw and nail strips help to save time compared to welding or single screw fastening
  • No need for welding – no fumes, no holes, and you can work in virtually any weather, even if it rains
  • There’s no need for specialists or certified welding skills onsite
  • Avoid the need to bend down during installation – both of our systems use stand-up fastening tools
  • Keep you mobile – there’s no need for external power supplies or to take cables up onto decking, many of our tools are battery-powered or powder-actuated
  • Engineering expertise - our solutions are supported by Hilti engineering expertise onsite, on the phone or online
  • Use Hilti PROFIS DF Diaphragm design software to calculate loads and fastening patterns – it’s free to use for registered Hilti.comaccount holders
  • Approvals – our steel deck fastening systems have been extensively evaluated by ICC ESR, COLA, FM and UL

Direct fastening solutions for decking include:

  • hilti nails for decking

    DX nails

    to cover most typical substructures, trapeze sheet thicknesses and steel strengths.

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    DX 9 stand up decking tool

    DX 9

    A direct fastening tool, designed for high-speed frame fastening. It’s a stand-up, powder-actuated tool for mobile work on the jobsite.

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    PROFIS DF Diaphragm Design Software

    PROFIS DF Diaphragm design software

    Helps selects Hilti deck fasteners, calculates loads and fastening patterns. It’s available free of charge at Hilti Online.

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    engineering services

    Hilti Engineering Services

    Request onsite visits by our Hilti engineers, contact Hilti Customer Service, and access online technical literature.

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Contact us for more information

Hilti engineer jobsite visit

Our expert Hilti engineers can work with you on the jobsite and help to choose fastening solutions for your project.

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Ask for a demo

Contact your local Hilti customer service team if you’d like to see our products in action on the jobsite - see how you can save time on the jobsite.

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Call our Hilti customer service team

Call your local Hilti customer service team for help choosing screw fastenings or for more information about any of our tools, services and software.

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Research and development is at the core of what we do. At Hilti we’ve been creating innovative technologies for more than 75 years since our company was founded.

The Hilti mechanical alternatives to welding - our SDT, DX tools, collated screw strips and nails - are just some of the many innovative technologies that have resulted from this commitment.

We run our own engineering Innovation Centers and conduct more research and tests with partners from industry, leading engineering institutes and universities worldwide.

More than two-thirds of our Hilti staff work directly with our customers every day, all over the world. So we understand the challenges you’re experiencing and what’s needed on the jobsite.

That’s what our R&D is all about – finding solutions to the problems you face. Our commitment is to help you to be safer, more productive and be able to build with more daring.