Posts Tagged ‘rivet nut tools’

5 Simple Tips to Help You Find an Affordable and Effective Rivet Nut Tool

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Whether you use a rivet nut tool occasionally or often as part of your work, investing in a high quality tool will ensure that it lasts. When you are working with structural materials and you need to work quickly, a high quality tool will take a lot of the strain out of the physical work and allow you to fly through the job. The good news is there are plenty of affordable rivet nut tools out there that do the work quickly and efficiently. Here are five simple tips to help you find them:

1. Make Sure the Tool Has One-Touch Functionality

If you only need to press one button to get the fastener to spin on, then most of the work is done for you. When you have a big project to work on, or one that requires you to spend many hours toiling over something complex, one-touch functionality will make it quicker and simpler. All you will need to do afterwards is pull the fastener and then spin the rivet nut out of the fastener when you pull the release button.

2. A Quick Setting Cycle Speeds Things Up

If you choose a fast setting cycle (of around 2 seconds) you are likely to experience less thread deformation, and require fewer rivet nuts to do the job.

3. Choose a Rivet Nut Tools That Is Fully Adjustable

A fully adjustable tool will allow for more accurate rivet nut placements. It also makes the tool ideal for people who are less experienced or skilled. Adjustability allows you to adjust the stroke quickly and easily.

4. Make Sure the Mandrels are Included

The tools you choose should have a selection of different sized mandrels so you have everything you need to get started. This is especially important if you are a beginner.


5. The Rivet Nut Tool Should Be Powerful but Light

A pulling force of around 6800 lbs is more than adequate for most home do it yourself jobs. The tool you select should also be lightweight, however, so that it is easy to use. If you have a big project to finish and you use a heavy tool, it can get extremely tiring and take a lot longer to finish. If you are using the tool for industrial or construction scale projects, it might be worthwhile looking into a tool that has a counter-weight option, which can help to overcome user fatigue.

How to Adjust the Stroke on a BP-60 Rivet Nut Tool

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

In a previous blog post, we taught you how to adjust the stroke on your BP-60c Rivet Nut Tool. Today we will be showing you how to adjust the stroke on one of our most popular rivet nut tools, the BP-60 Rivet Nut Tool. It is absolutely paramount that users have the correct stroke for all their riv nut tools in order to ensure both the integrity of their tools as well as have a beautifully set rivet nut or nutsert every time. Here is a quick guide on how to do so:

How to Adjust the Stroke on you BP-60 Rivet Nut Tool

1.            Make sure the anvil is all the way down, exposing as much of the mandrel as possible.

2.            On the top of the tool is a +/- gauge that determines the amount of stroke the tool will apply.

3.            Get the tool to 0 stroke and work your way up to the desired stroke.

4.            Plug the tool in, and pull the trigger all the way back to what stroke the tool is currently set to.

5.            Turn the gauge to 0 – the tool does not move at all when it is at 0 stroke.

6.            Turn the adjustment knob toward the + direction to reach the desired stroke.

7.            Try the insert by pulling the trigger half-way and release.

Note: The BP-60 Rivet Nut Tool can pull inserts from 3mm, all the way up to 12mm. When you are working with tools that have smaller mandrels, the mandrels can break if the stroke is not set right. Furthermore, double stroking can easily break mandrels so please avoid doing so.

For further help, we have created a video tutorial in which you can get a visual understanding of the process.  If you want the Rivet Maven to answer any other questions you have, please feel free to drop us an e-mail.

How to Adjust the Power on a Spin-Spin Rivet Nut Tool

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

For the ideal rivet nut placements, you should be comfortable adjusting the power on your Spin-Spin rivet nut tool. To guide those who are having difficulty in managing this, here is a quick outline of the necessary steps.

How to Adjust the Power on a Spin-Spin Rivet Nut Tool

1.            Find the air regulator that is included with your rivet nut tool.

2.            Spin it onto the bottom of the rivet nut tool.

3.            Connect the air nipple to your tool.

4.            Twist the air regulator to control the power to the tool.

Note: As with most rivet nut tools, refrain from double stroking as this may damage the tool.

That’s it—very simple. Be sure not to lose the included air regulator if you want to avoid headaches later on.

With the proper power, your riv nut tool will become your best friend for all your installation projects. As with our other tutorials found on the blog, we have shot a video tutorial on this same process so that we are 100% clear on what you need to do to have the correct tool power.

We hope this blog helped you, and are happy to answer any other riveting questions. For even more in-depth information on how to use riveting tools, be sure to check out the rest of our blog.

Are rivets really the new duct tape?

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

When I first heard this comment, I sort of chuckled but I think it’s true. Rivets can be used in hundreds of different applications for home, pleasure and business. There are even people that use them when creating handmade furniture. Rivets hold the world together.

Some products are made using them originally. Other items acquire rivets when something else used in their construction fails. Some of the most popular uses are for trailers.

One man that made his car trailer from scratch used 3/16th size rivets to hold the floor of his trailer to the frame. He had created the frame from welding steel pieces to get the size he wanted. He was able to purchase the aluminum skin of a Boeing 747 as scrap when the company lost the certification on the metal. This was cut to size and bolted on to the frame. To date, the car trailer has been to 19 different states, hauling dozens of cars and trucks and two tractors. It has also been used to move a household across the country several times. Those fifty or so 3/16th rivets have never failed – they haven’t even gotten loose.

Rivets can be used for all types of trailers from enclosed car trailers to boat trailers to homemade teardrop travel trailers. People like them because they sit flat, have no sharp edges to catch clothing or tear skin and seldom come loose.

The size of rivet you use for your trailer or other needs may vary and you may need more or less of them than what was used on this trailer. You can rest assured that when properly placed, the rivets will likely last the life of the trailer.