Cost Advantage vs Traditional Methods

Hilti Solutions Offer Lower Cost Per Fastening Point

Graph showing the total cost (labor and material) of welding, clamping, through bolting, Hilti blunt tip, and Hilti sharp tip fastening

As shown in the chart, Hilti blunt tip solutions can be 57-63% more cost effective compared to traditional methods in mildly corrosive environments. Using Hilti sharp tip solutions in mildly-corrosive environments can often provide even more cost benefits in terms of total installed cost per fastening.

For a project with 100,000 fastenings of strut/channel to coated steel, the benefits over welding can be up to $1.9 M based on the assumptions below for material and labor costs.


Cost / time are estimates, can vary significantly, and use the following assumptions:

– Number of strut: 1,000
– Type of fastening: strut to steel with 2 connections per strut
– Number of fastenings: 2,000
– Labor rate for skilled welder: $ 50/hour
– Labor rate for skilled tradesman other than welder: $ 40/hour

*While welds require electrode and energy, the example assumes that the material cost is negligible for welding
**Touch up time considered for through bolting and welding

  Welding Clamping Through bolting Blunt tip Sharp tip
Material cost per fastening $0* $10.50 $2.40 $3.60 $1.00
Time per fastening 30 minutes** 2 minutes 4 mins 30 seconds** 1 minute 30 seconds 1 minute

Overiew of Hilti's solutions for fastening to steel

Fastening on steel in corrosive environments