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Pop rivets, blind rivets — whatever you want to call ’em, they’re a great way to fasten all sorts of sheet materials together. The RiveDrill drill accessory uses the rotary action of your drill motor to set rivets. Their website claims that with the RiveDrill you can set 14 rivets in a minute, which they reckon is twice as fast as someone using a hand-powered riveter, and without the hand cramps!

You place a rivet in a pre-drilled hole, then pull the trigger to set the rivet. Reverse the drill to release the rivet shank. The device isn’t secured to the drill, so it’s a two-handed job. The RiveDrill works with any 3/8″ corded or pneumatic drill — if you use a cordless drill, the manufacturer suggests it be at least 12V.

RiveDrill is made by a Spanish company, but you can find it sporadically in the U.S., for about $55. A normal Google search will yield more results than their product search, if you’re interested.

RiveDrill [Official Site]
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5 Responses to Rivet All Day Long

  1. Fred says:

    For a few rivets the hand-held devices are OK – but for big jobs an air actuated hydrulic tool fits the bill better. Huck makes one priced OK for a contractor.

    http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/hucak175a.html

    I also have an old (1994 vintage) Sears Craftsman (9-7477) hand operated hydraulic riveter which works very well – but I’ve never seen a replacement for it (maybe it was recalled?)

  2. PutnamEco says:

    Snap-on Makes some nice air/hydraulics, especially if your using Klik-locks, speaking of which, Marson has some nice tools too, with their vacuum hold on the rivets, and built in mandrel collection.

    http://buy1.snapon.com/catalog/tools.asp?tool=all&Group_ID=1783&store=snapon-store

    http://www.huck.com/marsoncorp/M series tools.htm

  3. tim hart says:

    I just acquired a Craftsman hydraulic rivet gun with part number 97478. This must be similar to the one mentioned by Fred (March 12th, 2008 at 2:51 pm). I’d love to find a parts manual for it. Help!

  4. kyle says:

    I belive jegs sells this, if not it is a similar product

  5. jason says:

    I reciently discovered a Craftsman Commercial Hydraulic hand pop rivet tool, 193.74770 in my junk tool boxes. It took me a while to figure out what the heck it was for. It looks like some kind of “Space Gun” from an old movie. I just tested it, and it works well. It is about 6 1/2 in long, and 6 in high. Much more compact than usual manual and air activated pop rivet tools. I just saw a sold (closed) ebay listing without a picture listed at 49 bucks. It really works smoothly, great for my arthritic hands.

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