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# 257430 2-Oct-2019 13:24
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Didn't know about these until recently, they're a neat add-on for electric drills to turn them into pop riveters. Reason for getting it is that about 90% of the hand riveters you can get here have a type of plastic grip guard at a position where it pokes into the palm of your hand unless you've got child-sized hands, and pretty much every one under $60-70 is cheap junk. I managed to find one of the few without the palm-injuring plastic spike on it, but it won't eject the mandrel reliably. So the response was this:

 

 

 

 

Cheaper than a hand riveter, and far better as well.

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  # 2328440 2-Oct-2019 13:27
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Where did you get it, and how much was it?


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  # 2328448 2-Oct-2019 13:35
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From the text on it you can probably guess the origins :-). The specific item was this one, so USD 17. There are a bunch of variations, some cheaper but a bit more plasticky, this one is pretty solid steel/alu.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2328452 2-Oct-2019 13:44
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Looks really good. Wish I had some rivetting to do!!


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  # 2328455 2-Oct-2019 13:50
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Get one of these and you'll find all sorts of things that need riveting: Towels to rails, sheets of paper together, windows closed, ...

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I recently got a manual rivnut tool. It works brilliantly, but I'm thinking of getting a pop rivet gun as well. Do you have any experience with the pneumatic variety that you could share?

 

Getting one of these as an add-on for a pneumatic/electric drill is also a possibility, and certainly more practical. I do love pneumatic tools though.


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  # 2328459 2-Oct-2019 14:01
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Haven't worked with rivet nuts, sorry. For a pop rivet gun, the advantage of the drill-powered one is that you flip it into reverse to eject the mandrel, to it's just two trigger squeezes to set a rivet. However from a quick google for air-powered ones the first few hits have a container at the back to catch the mandrel, which would be even more convenient.

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  # 2328471 2-Oct-2019 14:32
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Cool, thanks for sharing. I can see the need for a (clickbait) thread "Cool DIY tools you didn't know you need" and then I will have no money any more. But lots of cool tools.

 
 
 
 


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neb: From the text on it you can probably guess the origins :-). The specific item was this one, so USD 17. There are a bunch of variations, some cheaper but a bit more plasticky, this one is pretty solid steel/alu.

 

What's it like on 4.8mm aluminium rivets of the typical type used for coloursteel etc?  These are an annoying size with basic hand-riveters, even with a good quality BluePoint (Snap-On) tool you've really got to squeeze hard enough to hurt your hands before they pop.  Doing a few is okay, but if it's several dozen it's rather unpleasant,

 

Does it need to be used with a drill on low speed ?

 

 


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We tried one of those at work. It did about 5 rivets before collapsing internally.

My favorite is a short arm riveter. Takes most of the work out of riveting, and they usually have a cup to catch the ends.




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  # 2331019 5-Oct-2019 14:56
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Fred99:

What's it like on 4.8mm aluminium rivets of the typical type used for coloursteel etc?  These are an annoying size with basic hand-riveters, even with a good quality BluePoint (Snap-On) tool you've really got to squeeze hard enough to hurt your hands before they pop.  Doing a few is okay, but if it's several dozen it's rather unpleasant,

 

Does it need to be used with a drill on low speed ?

 

 

Not sure if I have any 4.8mm rivets, but if you're coming to the Geekzone meetup next month I can bring it along and you can test-drive it on whatever you like.

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  # 2331020 5-Oct-2019 15:00
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andrewNZ: We tried one of those at work. It did about 5 rivets before collapsing internally.

 

 

Is that that exact one, or one of the infinite number of mostly-plastic alternatives? I used that with a bunch of random old rivets lying around and there were no problems.

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Not a clue. It didn't feel plastic when used, but we didn't get to try it much before it crapped out. I do remember it was slow and it was awkward to use.

We didn't try fixing it, it wasn't that good to begin with.


It was a couple of years ago now, hopefully yours is better.




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