Red Head is a brand name for concrete fasteners manufactured and owned by a company called ITW, Inc. Red Head products comprise a number of different types of masonry fasteners. They have been sold in America since 1910. Concrete Fasteners, Inc. has a complete line that is always in stock of equivalent type fasteners as well as carries the complete line of Red Head brand masonry fasteners.
Red Head anchors were first sold in 1910 in conjunction with the invention of the self-drilling anchor. Over the years, there have many more innovative anchors brought to market. Red Head no longer manufactures the self-drilling anchor, but Concrete Fasteners, Inc. still stocks the complete line. The Trubolt wedge anchor came to market in the 1950’s, followed in the 1960’s by the first bottom bearing stud anchor. In 1975, the Tapcon masonry screw was brought to market and a complete line of epoxy called the Epcon followed in 1986.
The Red Head product line can be divided into three categories; Adhesives, Mechanical and Screw Anchors.
Adhesives – Three different types of epoxy are available, depending on the specific requirements of the job: Epcon A7 Acrylic Adhesive, Epcon C6 Fast Curing Epoxy, and Epcon G5 High Strength epoxy. Also included in this product line are the screen tubes in nylon and stainless steel. Accessories include the hole plugs, wire brushes, and tools for installing the epoxy.
Mechanical - masonry fasteners that derive their holding values mechanically by expanding once they are inserted into a predrilled hole in the concrete.
- Trubolt – wedge anchor manufactured in diameters from 1/4” to 1-1/4” from zinc plated carbon steel, galvanized carbon steel, 303 stainless steel and 316 stainless steel. Trubolt wedge anchor should only be installed in solid concrete
- Multi-Set – drop-in type anchors in sizes of 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8” and 3/4” in zinc plated carbon steel, 18-8 stainless steel, and 316 stainless steel. The Multi-Set drop-in anchor is designed to be installed in solid concrete and should not be used in brick or block.
- Dynabolt – sleeve anchor comes in diameters ranging from 1/4” to 3/4” and is manufactured from carbon steel that is zinc plated or 304 stainless steel. It is a versatile anchor because it can be installed in most masonry materials, such as block, brick or concrete. Sleeve anchors come in different head style, hex nut, acorn, flat countersunk and round head.
- Stud Type – the original bottom bearing hammer driven stud-type anchor used in solid concrete and manufactured from carbon steel that is zinc plated. It is available in diameters of 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8” and 3/4”.
- Redi-Drive – available in only one diameter of 3/16”. It uses the friction principle to derive its high-performance holding values. The anchor is designed to be tamper and fire resistant and is the most economical steel anchor available.
- Hammer-Set – comes in a 1/4” diameter and different lengths to meet different application requirements. The body of the anchor is manufactured from a zinc alloy and requires the use of a hammer to drive the steel nail into the anchor body.
- Tapcon – the brand name for the original masonry fastener that taps threads in a predrilled hole in masonry. Two diameters of 3/16” and 1/4” are available in two head styles of hex washer head and flat head phillips.
- Large Diameter Tapcon – the self-tapping masonry fasteners that come in diameters of 3/8”, 1/2”. 5/8, and 3/4”. They are available in different lengths depending on the diameter and only are manufactured with one head style of the hex washer serrated head.
To purchase the brand name Red Head masonry fasteners, call and talk to Mike at 216-357-7433. If the brand name anchor is not required and an equivalent type anchor will meet your requirements, click on the link to the right for the product you need.
As with any anchoring project, it is important to keep safety in mind and follow instructions carefully. Always remember to wear safety goggles, handle all tools with extra care and follow all technical specifications. This article is meant to serve only as a basic explanation of concrete fasteners. Always refer to manufacturer's instructions or consult a contracting expert during any anchoring project.
Article Written By:
Mike Pistorino, Vice-President Operations
Concrete Fasteners, Inc. has over 40 years of experience selling concrete fasteners. We can ship out one box or a whole pallet of concrete anchors. Our products are of the highest quality... "your satisfaction is guaranteed". We ship all orders the same day the order is received.