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Strong-Drive® SDS HEAVY-DUTY CONNECTOR Screw 

Strong-Drive® SDS HEAVY-DUTY CONNECTOR Screw

The Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive SDS Heavy-Duty Connector screw is a 1/4"-diameter high-strength structural wood screw ideal for various connector installations as well as wood-to-wood applications. It installs with no predrilling and has been extensively tested in various applications. The SDS is improved with a patented easy driving 4CUT™ tip and a corrosion-resistant double-barrier coating.

The SDS Strong-Drive 1/4" wood screw line has expanded to include stainless-steel SDS screws in 1 1/2" to 3 1/2" lengths, suitable for fastening Simpson Strong-Tie stainless-steel products. Offering the same easy-driving, split-reducing installation of the standard SDS screw, these screws are made from Type 316 stainless steel. The new stainless-steel SDS screws are appropriate for higher-exposure environments where maximum corrosion-resistance is required.

Key Features

  • Patented 4CUT tip (coated version) and Type-17 point (stainless vesion) enable easy driving with no predrilling and minimal wood splitting
  • Available with a double-barrier coating and Type 316 stainless steel
  • 3/8" hex head with 0.48" integrated washer
  • Head is stamped with the Simpson Strong-Tie "≠" sign and fastener length for easy identification after installation
  • Replacement driver bit — BITHEXR38-134

Applications

  • Heavy-duty Simpson Strong‑Tie connectors

Installation

  • Install Tip: A low-speed 1/2" drill with a 3/8" hex driver is the recommended tool for installation

Options

  • SDS25312SS-R25L, SDS25312-R25L and SDS25500-R25L packaged in a ledger-specific box with 3/8" hex-driver bit

Related Literature

Product Information Table

Model No. Length (in.) Drive Type Head Type Thread Length Thread Type Shank Diameter (in.) Point Type Coating/Material Packaging Quantity UPC
SDS25112 1 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 1500 707392230205
SDS25112MB 1 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 300 707392428602
SDS25112-R25 1 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 25 707392962502
SDS25200 2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 1300 707392471608
SDS25200MB 2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 250 707392200208
SDS25200-R25 2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 25 707392201205
SDS25212 2 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 1100 707392803201
SDS25212MB 2 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 200 707392830207
SDS25212-R25 2 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 25 707392325703
SDS25300 3 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 950 707392685104
SDS25300MB 3 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 150 707392976103
SDS25300-R25 3 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 25 707392800606
SDS25312 3 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 900 707392696001
SDS25312MB 3 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 125 707392526902
SDS25312-R10 3 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 10 707392505600
SDS25312-R25L 3 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 25 707392124504
SDS25412 4 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 3/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 800 707392174905
SDS25412MB 4 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 3/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 100 707392143604
SDS25412-R10 4 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 3/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 10 707392495604
SDS25500 5 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 3/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 500 707392334705
SDS25500MB 5 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 3/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 100 707392747307
SDS25500-R10 5 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 3/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 10 707392178309
SDS25500-R25L 5 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 3/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 25 707392841005
SDS25600 6 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 3 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 600 707392588306
SDS25600MB 6 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 3 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 100 707392484806
SDS25600-R10 6 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 3 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 10 707392741701
SDS25800 8 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 3 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 400 707392737001
SDS25800-R10 8 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 3 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 10 707392228707
SDS25800-R50 8 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 3 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Double-Barrier Coating 50 707392119807
SDS25112SS 1 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 1500 707392696803
SDS25112SS-R25 1 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 25 707392322405
SDS25200SS 2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 1300 707392446606
SDS25200SS-R25 2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 25 707392634409
SDS25212SS 2 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 1100 707392756200
SDS25212SS-R25 2 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 1 1/2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 25 707392624103
SDS25300SS 3 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 950 707392655701
SDS25300SS-R25 3 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 25 707392459408
SDS25312SS 3 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 900 707392390107
SDS25312SS-R25 3 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 25 707392618607
SDS25312SS-R25L 3 1/2 3/8 in. Hex Hex Head 2 1/4 Serrated Threads 1/4 4-Cut Point Type 316 Stainless Steel 25 707392207801
    These coated fasteners possess a level of corrosion resistance that makes them suitable for use in some exterior and corrosive environments and with some preservative-treated woods. For applications in higher-exposure applications, consider type-300 series stainless-steel fasteners for superior corrosion resistance. See additional important information before selecting a fastener for a specific application.

Load Tables

SDS — Allowable Shear Loads-Steel Side-Plate Applications

  1. Screws may be provided with the 4CUT™ or Type-17 point.
  2. Allowable loads are shown at the wood load duration factor of CD = 1.00. Loads may be increased for load duration up to a CD = 1.60.
  3. Allowable withdrawal load for DF/SP/SCL is 172 lb./in. and for SPF/HF withdrawal is 121 lb./in. Total withdrawal load is based on actual thread penetration into the main member.
  4. LSL wood-to-wood applications that require 4 1/2", 5", 6" and 8" SDS screws are limited to interior-dry use only.
  5. Minimum spacing requirements are listed in ICC-ES ESR-2236.

SDS — Allowable Shear Loads — Douglas Fir-Larch and Southern Pine Lumber5,6,7

SDS — Allowable Shear Loads - Spruce-Pine-Fir and Hem-Fir5,6,7

  1. Noted loads are based on testing per ICC-ES AC233 and assume a minimum main member thickness of the screw length minus the side member thickness. All other allowable loads are based on the NDS-2012 and a minimum penetration of 6D = 1.45" into the main member.
  2. Values are valid for a connection involving only two members. Where the side and main members have different specific gravities, the lower values shall be used.
  3. Allowable loads are also applicable to structural composite lumber (e.g., LVL, PSL, and LSL) having an equivalent specific gravity of 0.50 or greater.
  4. Allowable loads are shown at the wood load duration factor of CD = 1.00. Loads may be increased for load duration by the building code up to a CD = 1.60. The Designer shall apply all adjustment factors required per NDS.
  5. Loads are based on installation into the side grain of the wood members with the screw axis perpendicular to the wood fibers.
  6. Loads apply to corresponding stainless-steel models.
  7. For in-service moisture greater than 19% use CM = 0.7.

SDS — Allowable Double-Shear Loads — Douglas Fir-Larch, Southern Pine, Spruce-Pine-Fir

  1. Allowable loads are based on Simpson Strong-Tie® laboratory testing with a safety factor of 5.0 applied to the average ultimate test load.
  2. Allowable loads are based on 1 1/2" thick main members and assume no gap between side and main members.
  3. Allowable loads are shown at the wood load duration factor of CD = 1.00. Loads may be increased for load duration by the building code up to a CD = 1.60. The Designer shall apply all adjustment factors required per NDS.
  4. For applications with 2x side members, use allowable loads based on the lower of side member or main member species.
  5. The Designer is responsible for the design of wood members.

SDS — Allowable Shear Loads — Installations into the Narrow Face of 2X SPF, HF, DF, SP Lumber

  1. Allowable loads are based on testing per ICC AC233 and are limited to parallel-to-grain loaded solid-sawn main members (2" nominal). Wood side members may be loaded parallel or perpendicular to grain (see footnote 4).
  2. DF/SP allowable loads are based on wood members having a minimum specific gravity of 0.50, and SPF/HF allowable loads are based on wood members having a minimum specific gravity of 0.42. Where the side and main members have different specific gravities, the lower values shall be used.
  3. Allowable loads are shown at the wood load duration factor of CD = 1.00. Loads may be increased for load duration by the building code up to a CD = 1.60.
  4. Minimum spacing of fasteners is 3" o.c., minimum end distance is 3" for all parallel-to-grain loaded members, or 4" for all perpendicular-to-grain loaded members, and minimum edge distance is 3/4" for all parallel-to-grain loaded members, or 1 1/2" for perpendicular-to-grain loaded side members.
  5. Screws may be installed with an intermediate layer of wood structural panel between the side and main member provided the wood structural panel is fastened to the main member per code and the minimum penetration of the screw into the main member (excluding the wood structural panel) is met.

Code-Compliant Spacing for a Sawn Lumber Deck Ledger to Rim Board

  1. Solid-sawn band joists shall be Spruce-Pine-Fir, Hem-Fir, Douglas Fir-Larch, or Southern Pine species. Ledger shall be Hem-Fir, Douglas Fir-Larch, or Southern Pine species.
  2. Fastener spacings are based on single fastener testing of the Strong-Drive® SDS screw with a safety factor of 5.0 and include NDS wet service adjustment factor.
  3. Multiple ledger plies shall be fastened together per code independent of the SDS screws.
  4. SDS screw spacing values (above) are equivalent to 2009 IRC Table R502.2.2.1 and 2012 /2015 IRC Table R507.2, based on testing of the Strong-Drive® SDS screw with a factor of safety of 5.0. The table above also provides SDS screw spacing for a wider range of materials commonly used for rim board, and an alternate loading condition as required by some jurisdictions.
  5. Screw models SDS25312, SDS25312SS and SDS25500.

SDS — Allowable Shear Values for Sole-to-Rim Connections

  1. Allowable loads are based on testing per ICC-ES AC233 and are limited to parallel-to-grain loading.
  2. Allowable loads are shown at the wood load duration factor of CD = 1.00. Loads may be increased for load duration by the building code up to a CD = 1.60.
  3. Minimum spacing of the SDS for sawn lumber applications is 3" o.c., minimum end distance is 3", and minimum edge distance is 5/8".
  4. Minimum spacing of the SDS for LVL and LSL applications is 6" o.c., minimum end distance is 6", and minimum edge distance is 5/8".
  5. Wood structural panel up to 1 1/8" thick is permitted between the sole plate and rim board provided it is fastened to the rim board per code and the minimum penetration of the screw into the rim board is met.
  6. A double 2x sole plate is permitted provided it is independently fastened per the code and the minimum screw penetration per the table is met.

Drawings

Part Orthographic Perspective
SDSNone
SDS Screw View 1
DWG DXF
SDS Screw View 2
DWG DXF
SDS Screw View 3
DWG DXF
SDS Screw View 4
DWG DXF
SDS Screw View 5
DWG DXF
SDS25112
SDS25112 front view
DWG DXF
None
SDS25134
SDS25134 front view
DWG DXF
None
SDS25200
SDS25200 front view
DWG DXF
None
SDS25212
SDS25212 front view
DWG DXF
None
SDS25300
SDS25300 front view
DWG DXF
None
SDS25312
SDS25312 front view
DWG DXF
None
SDS25412
SDS25412 front view
DWG DXF
None
SDS25600
SDS25600 front view
DWG DXF
None
SDS25800
SDS25800 front view
DWG DXF
None