Rivets rock — right up until you need to take them apart. Then they suck. Big time. Threaded rivets combine a rivet and screw to give you the best of both worlds — a strong connection with easy removal. And they’re really handy for connecting dissimilar materials. Think of ’em as a nutsert from hell.
But to use threaded rivets, you need a threaded rivet tool like this one from Marson. It’s a full kit with everything you need to punch threaded rivets all day long.
The insert tool applies threaded inserts into thin metal, plastic or fiberglass. It comes with four threaded mandrels and nosepieces to set thread sizes and 125 inserts in various sizes.
To rivet two pieces of material together, you start by drilling a hole in the material. Then screw a threaded insert onto the tool. Position it in the pre-drilled hole and squeeze the handle until the insert is set. Turn the silver knob counterclockwise until the head is released. Then screw in the fastener.
At $100, it’s a specialty rig for sure. Still, having the ability to make your own screw in rivets would be uber handy when making a custom automotive dashboard or interior panel — or reassembling the standard ones when you have to drill rivets to get ’em out.