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Fri July 22, 2011 - National Edition
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To tie rebar, the operator places the DF 16 on the reinforcing steel and uses one hand to press it down.
To tie rebar, the operator places the DF 16 on the reinforcing steel and uses one hand to press it down.

Wacker Neuson’s DF 16 rebar tier allows contractors to increase the speed, efficiency and ease of binding concrete reinforcing steel. The DF 16 rebar tier is a simple, mechanical unit that allows an operator to tie up to 1,000 knots per hour (compared to about 400 per hour using the conventional pliers method), according to the manufacturer.

The operator can work in a comfortable upright position significantly reducing back and overall body strain.

“Contractors across the country are finding the DF 16 to be a real back saver,” said Bob Motl, concrete product manager of Wacker Neuson. “Users appreciate the great speed and ease in which the DF 16 can complete the tying task, but mostly they like the fact that they no longer have to bend over, greatly reducing body strain.”

Besides relieving back strain, the DF 16 eliminates the turning/twisting motion of the wrist when using pliers, which can cause carpal tunnel syndrome.

To tie rebar, the operator places the DF 16 on the reinforcing steel and uses one hand to press it down. This releases a tie wire from the cartridge and wraps it around the rebar or pipe for tying. The loops at each end of the wire automatically interlock and are twisted when the device is withdrawn. No special training or experience is necessary. Wacker Neuson’s rebar tier creates a tighter knot and each tie is secured without cutting, so there is no waste or costly site clean up required, according to the manufacturer.

Wacker Neuson’s DF 16 weighs 5 lbs. (2.2 kg).