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dnoB ekiM · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 3,131
Drew Nevius wrote: Are you confident that the KB3s will be pulled as easily as a powerstud or redhead, despite having a “petal” shaped clip?
Here’s a photo of the two styles I’m thinking of (new on the left, old on the right)

I have pulled them myself without issue. 

Drew Nevius · · Oklahoma · Joined Jun 2012 · Points: 1,884

I ask because I tried removing a freshly placed one in a practice block and had issues, which we guessed was because of the different clip design. Glad to hear you’ve been successful with them!

dnoB ekiM · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 3,131

Was it stainless?  I hear stainless actually is easier than plated.  The KB3 clip is not much different (ridges versus circle bump) than the older KB2.  I am pretty certain hundreds of KB style bolts have been effectively pulled over the years.

I taught myself to pull bolts on a test block using these KB3s.  Never had an issue, but I only pulled 4 or 5.

My experience with other wedge bolts have all been a bit more difficult but that’s due to rust and working on a rope.

John Byrnes · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 612
dnoB ekiM wrote:

Why not?  I do not see the downside.  

I've posted this many times.  Usually there aren't any upsides but there are many downsides:

1) Takes more battery power.   Depending on the type of rock and the number of holes, you need to hump-in more battery packs, if you have them, which can be a PITA if you're far from the car.  And running dry partway through the job is an even bigger PITA.

2) Takes more time to drill, brush & blow; again, depending on rock and the number of holes, you may run out of daylight/time and miss happy hour (a serious fucking problem!).

3) Puts more wear on the bit.  Dull bits take more power & time: see above.

4) It's overall more work.  I'm usually tired enough at the end of the day.

After all, you should see the choss we bolt!  Jaren took the more obvious joke already.  Joking aside, mainly I have a bunch of these because I have been able to source them easier than other sizes.  I also have 3" and 3.75", but I have no excess of those.

After seeing some of the garbage bolts used here over the years and trying a few bolt types myself (including Fixe and Powers), I find the stainless Hilti KB3 to be clearly superior to other wedge-bolts.  And thanks to Gregger Man's brilliant work in developing wedge removal technology, I am also comfortable that these are the most sustainable choice as of today.  The stainless will last many-many decades here in the desert, and will be easy to replace with a spinner and doodad when the times comes for those climbers (who are yet to be born) to remove and replace them.  

So, when I find them at a decent price and any acceptable length (>=3")...I grab them...however, I may have gone a bit overboard recently!  

Eventually, they will get used...so much choss left out there.  For the real choss...I have 1/2" by 5.5"!

4) If you're worried about choss, a 3 or 3.5" glue-in is a far better choice.  

nbrown · · WNC/Broomfield, CO · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 6,900
John Byrnes wrote: I've posted this many times.  Usually there aren't any upsides but there are many downsides:

1) Takes more battery power.   Depending on the type of rock and the number of holes, you need to hump-in more battery packs, if you have them, which can be a PITA if you're far from the car.  And running dry partway through the job is an even bigger PITA.

2) Takes more time to drill, brush & blow; again, depending on rock and the number of holes, you may run out of daylight/time and miss happy hour (a serious fucking problem!).

3) Puts more wear on the bit.  Dull bits take more power & time: see above.

4) It's overall more work.  I'm usually tired enough at the end of the day.

4) If you're worried about choss, a 3 or 3.5" glue-in is a far better choice.  

I agree that glue-ins would be a much better choice for choss... but sometimes I just want a loooong bolt to ensure I get through a hollow surface flake or somethibg similar when, in general, the rock is bomber (i.e. granite).  I have used a few of these 1/2 × 7" Hiltis (seen here next to a POS 2 3/4" thunderstud) for these situations. I know it's a "bit" overkill but it ain't gonna fail.

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michalm · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 207

I just wanted to point out that Team Tough 10mm x 80mm SS wedge bolts (that translates to roughly 3/8" x 3 1/4") are $2.10 individually, and cheaper if you buy them in bulk. These things are 316L stainless steel, just like the Petzl Coeur bolts. You MUST use 10mm bits for them (3/8" bits can be 0.5mm too small), which Team Tough also sells. I would choose these or the Petzl Coeur Stainless over Powerstuds and Redheads (don't use these), and they are at least as good as the KB3s, but with a more corrosion-resistant alloy compared to 304 series. For drilling granite on lead, I don't think there is a better deal for higher quality hardware. They also sell longer 10mm bolts as well as 12mm bolts for a good price.
Also, be sure to check out their 8mm rod hangers for 3/8" or 1/2" bolts. These things are $4 each and awesome backcountry rap anchors, 45kn, and super lightweight compared to any permanent rap setup I have seen.

Nate Doyle · · Sierra Foothills · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 39
michalm wrote: I just wanted to point out that Team Tough 10mm x 80mm SS wedge bolts (that translates to roughly 3/8" x 3 1/4") are $2.10 individually, and cheaper if you buy them in bulk. These things are 316L stainless steel, just like the Petzl Coeur bolts. You MUST use 10mm bits for them (3/8" bits can be 0.5mm too small), which Team Tough also sells. I would choose these or the Petzl Bolts over Powerstuds and Redheads, and they are at least as good as the KB3s, but with a more corrosion-resistant alloy compared to 304 series. For drilling granite on lead, I don't think there is a better deal for higher quality hardware. They also sell longer 10mm bolts as well as 12mm bolts for a good price.
Also, be sure to check out their 8mm rod hangers for 3/8" or 1/2" bolts. These things are $4 each and awesome backcountry rap anchors, 45kn, and super lightweight compared to any permanent rap setup I have seen.

Redheads? Are people using Redheads? 

Bruce Hildenbrand · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2003 · Points: 1,200

One of the major factors to consider when buying wedge bolts is whether they have "rolled" threads or "cut" threads.  Rolled threads are much stronger than cut threads making rolled threads the preferred style.

michalm · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 207
This is the source of Team Tough/Bolt Products wedge bolts. I contacted Jim to confirm that the thread is rolled, but they certainly look rolled judging by the dullness of the thread and the lack of tool marks. The 10x80mm bolts are KDK-E 10x80
michalm · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 207

A link to a discussion about wedge bolts.

Kelley Gilleran · · Sacramento, Ca · Joined Sep 2012 · Points: 2,800
Kelley Gilleran wrote: https://www.confast.com/product-3-8-x-2-1-4-stainless-steel-wedge-anchor

Not bad...$1.57 ea. plus free shipping

Just in case this link was missed.

Dylan Pike · · Sandy, UT · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 65
Nate Doyle wrote:

Redheads? Are people using Redheads? 

Yes. Trubolt has red head branded 304 SS bolts with ICC-ES ratings. Also, there are plenty of people buying PS redheads from Home Depot (which I am not advocating).

Jim Titt · · Germany · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 490
michalm wrote: This is the source of Team Tough/Bolt Products wedge bolts. I contacted Jim to confirm that the thread is rolled, but they certainly look rolled judging by the dullness of the thread and the lack of tool marks. The 10x80mm bolts are KDK-E 10x80

They are indeed rolled threads.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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