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Has anyone tried one of the cheapo pneumatic rivet guns that you can pick up for around £35?

I’m assuming they’re cheap copies when you compare them to the price of some of the better makes but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t work ok but they do seem a bit too good to be true.

Anyone used one and has some feedback?

I have a fair bit of riveting to do so I think it would be handy to have one of these on the shelf if they’re ok.

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Just now, elbekko said:

Anything that isn't doing it manually should save you from a lot of cursing and hand pain.

Wish there was a pneumatic riv nut tool!

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The ratchet type riv-nut tool is much nicer to use than short pliers , and yes , air powered ones are ££'s 

I've got a Tucker and a Sealey air riveter and they both work fine , the Tucker is probably 40 years old .

Steve 

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2 hours ago, steve b said:

The ratchet type riv-nut tool is much nicer to use than short pliers , and yes , air powered ones are ££'s 

I've got a Tucker and a Sealey air riveter and they both work fine , the Tucker is probably 40 years old .

 

May have to upgrade. Using the standard ones is not fun after you do your 4th or 5th M8

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On 9/4/2020 at 11:55 AM, L19MUD said:

Wish there was a pneumatic riv nut tool!

While browsing for a pneumatic rivet gun, I came across a riv nut one for the same price (€50). So cheap ones do exist, no clue if they deliver good quality (more important for a riv nut than for a simple rivet) and last a reasonable time.

I've seen adaptors for an electric drill as well, at even lower prices. I wonder if that would be any good. We don't often use rivets, but when we do it's not something I enjoy... Airpower could make things a lot easier.

Filip

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On 9/4/2020 at 6:13 PM, steve b said:

 

I've got a Tucker and a Sealey air riveter and they both work fine , the Tucker is probably 40 years old .

...well that was the curse of praising the long life of gear , the Tucker packed up today . I've got a service kit somewhere so when I find it , it will get stripped and overhauled (hopefully)

Steve

 

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  • Laser 3736 Heavy Duty Riveter, Nut Riveter and Lock Bolt Kit £108.00 not too bad I suppose. It says it does rivnuts up to m12. I like the look of that, may have to wait for a vat free day.

Just looked on Ebay they are £99, And I can get 15% off.

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So got hold of some rivit bolts they look plenty strong will try them out at some point20200921_115819.thumb.jpg.896f5a751176d8f5f0db38e6174c9f5a.jpg

 

Also got some flanged rivnuts they look way stronger than normal ones obviously with a bigger flange I've put 2 m8 ones together for comparison regards Stephen 20200921_115747.thumb.jpg.c1f9c66ab550a24a1c2a69c5e6a739c0.jpg

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My order was delivered on Saturday morning from Tool Academy off ebay, I am impressed with the kit although I haven't tried it yet. As for the flanged rivnuts ideal in softer metals but leaves a gap between surfaces where as the other in steel or thicker aluminium reduces that gap. Unless of course you dimple it.

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How good are these where there’s tight access, for example the hole is near a bend/vertical surface? I have a memfast Rivetnut tool, and it’s mostly good, but if a hole is 8mm or less to a vertical surface I can’t get the tool in there to sit flat.

 

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I guess how tight you get in will depend upon the height of the vertical surface as the size of the body will be restrictive however I would say with a bit of improvisation you could make it longer you could cut the threaded shaft in half and extend it and then slide a suitable piece of pipe over it to pull the rivinut onto if that makes sense regards Stephen

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1 hour ago, SteveG said:

How good are these where there’s tight access, for example the hole is near a bend/vertical surface? I have a memfast Rivetnut tool, and it’s mostly good, but if a hole is 8mm or less to a vertical surface I can’t get the tool in there to sit flat.

 

When they get that tight I would just resort to the old method of a nut and bolt to tighten it up.

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