Five Crucial Points to Remember When Shopping For a Rivet Nut Tool

July 11th, 2013

If you have been using a manual rivet nut tool for a while and are considering making the transition to an automatic tool, you might not know how much it will improve your performance, speed and accuracy when fastening sheets of metal together. Professionals and people working on heavy duty jobs will derive the most benefit from an automatic tool. Here are the five most important factors we think you should consider before making your choice:

1. Comfort and Convenience Should come First

Automatic rivet but tools usually have ergonomically designed handles to maximize comfort when using the tool. This makes it easier to use and minimizes your chances of developing blisters or calluses over the course of a few hours. It also provides an extra layer of safety, as a handle that is ergonomically designed is less likely to slip out of your grip when your hand gets sweaty.

2. Consider a Swiveling Air Inlet

This provides swift and efficient power in a safe way. It is an ideal feature for smaller rivet nuts, as it provides controlled air pressure while you are working.

3. Look at Pricing

Manual rivet nuts are usually more affordable, although someone who is less skilled may not be able to use it as easily as an automatic version. When comparing prices, make sure that you are also comparing like products and gauge what value you are getting for the money you spend.

4. Speed and Weight

If you need a rivet nut tool for work purposes and will be using it often, a faster tool will accelerate the pace of your work. Make sure it is not faster and heavier though, because they may get difficult for you to manage as the day goes on. If you are going to be using the tool for extended periods of time, a lighter weight model will be easier for you to manage. Balance the weight off against the quality, because sometimes very lightweight tools are simply not strong enough to withstand prolonged or continuous use.

5. Get Something Easy to Understand

While you want an advanced tool, something with more knobs and buttons than your computer is just going to confuse and probably be a waste of money. Let the person helping you know about your skill and experience level and make recommendations based on how much you are prepared to spend for your new tool.


How to Change the Mandrel on a BP-60 or BP-60c Rivet Nut Tool

July 10th, 2013

We get a lot of questions from people about how to correctly change the mandrel on a riv nut tool. Changing a mandrel is easy once you know how to do it, so here is an easy guide on how to change mandrels on a BP-60 and BP-60c.

How to Change the Mandrel on a BP-60 or BP-60c Rivet Nut Tool

  1. Find a spanner wrench and use it to loosen up the lock nut, located on the nose piece of the tool.
  2. Remove the loosened anvil portion and the lock nut.
  3. Slide the shepherd’s hook through the two exposed holes, pull the lock pin back, and unscrew the mandrel.
  4. Insert the other mandrel, then pull back the lock pin towards the end, and gently wiggle the mandrel to allow the lock pin to engage. You will hear a click.
  5. Remove the shepherd’s hook, and check to make sure the mandrel is locked.
  6. Place the anvil back on the tool, and lock it securely.

Note: An anvil can be set to different lengths, using the lock nut, to expose how many threads required for the riveting tools you are using.

To help you visualize the process, we have also created a video tutorial on how to change a mandrel, in which you can find more in-depth information if needed.

We hope you find this guide helpful, and that in the future you will be able to change your mandrels without a hitch. If you want our rivet experts to answer any other questions, send us an e-mail and we will answer it as soon as we can.


Then and Now: Riveting Tools Fastening the Seams of History

April 25th, 2013

Currently on display at the National Museum of American History, an exhibit called America on the Move details how transportation and technology have changed the shape and fabric of America, from automotive to locomotive and beyond. The exhibit features everything from the trains and cars themselves, all the way down to the tools and techniques that saw these vehicles become a staple of our daily lives. Among this guide to the nation’s planes, trains, and automobiles, was a curious reminder of the lineage of our industry: A pneumatic rivet gun and three swages used on the railways and in welding work from 1950.

From the 1920s, riveting tools have been crucial to the development of early automotives and locomotives, but this isn’t news to anyone. What is particularly interesting is just how far we’ve come in the last few decades.

Comparing this artifact to the raw power and the sleek lightweight design of the BP-4V, for example, its impressive to see the improvements. From a two to three person operation, to a riveting gun wielding 3500lbs. of pulling force at a weight of only 3.6 lbs is a staggering leap in technological achievements, boasting the best weight-to-power ratio that the industry has yet to speak of. Our Power Micro boasts an even lighter weight gun that is still capable of 1760 lbs. of force, weighing in at less than 2.5 lbs. Far from the riveting relics of days past!


Are rivets really the new duct tape?

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.


Blue Pneumatic – The Latest Advancements in Rivet Guns

March 19th, 2013

We are extremely proud of our new V series of rivet guns. These rivet guns are a prime example of how advances in technology help give you the best value for your money.

The V series were designed to be extremely comfortable and simple to use. Both the BP-3V and BP-4V fit easily in the hand, give low shock, and weigh just 3.2lbs and 3.6lbs respectively. They are also extremely small in size, making it easy to complete work in even the tiniest of spaces.

However, no sacrifices on power were made. The BP-3V features 2100lbs of pulling force, while the BP-4V offers a massive 3500lbs of force. Power on this level, from tools so lightweight, cannot be found anywhere else in the industry.

The BP-3V has the blind rivet setting capacities of 1/8”, 5/32” and 3/16” in all alloys. The BP-4V’s capacities are 1/8”, 5/32”, 3/16”, as well with the added 1/4” capacity.

The BP-3V and BP-4V both feature a thumb-operated control button, to help keep the rivet in place. Each gun also comes with an oil applicator and services wrenches.

For optimal use, we recommend keeping an operating air pressure between 80-95 psi.

If you’d like to see the full specifications for the BP-3V, click HERE. For the BP-4V, click HERE.


Just Keep Making Cool Stuff With Rivets. Truck FUEL Tank Straps.

September 12th, 2012

We look all over the web to find cool fuel tank straps. Well we really could not find anything. Lets make this short and sweet. We know a Stainless Steel truck accessories designer/manufacturer that…


Really gets how to make beautifully designed stainless steel truck accessories! How about this SS FUEL TANK STRAP!!!




Solar and Orlock Rivets Are Saving The Planet

November 16th, 2011

Solar farms are usually assembled in vary large flat outside areas. Solar is becoming more widely adopted too. Solar farms are assembled right on site. To set up a solar farm, a cement slab is laid and the brackets are put together right on location. The problem is that, traditionally, they have been assembled with nuts and bolts. Why? Because the concern of rivets pulling through the material is of major concern. The problem with a nut and bolt are many. For example, nuts and bolts require two pieces(naturally). Bolts and nuts are heavy and require tons of manual labor and time to install. Many world-class solar installation companies are discovering the “Orlock Rivet” fastening solution. Orlock, first and foremost, has a back-side flange that allows it to grip and hold the mating material together, without the threat of pulling through the material. Orlock is also amazingly easy and quick to install. Orlock is of coarse is a one piece blind fastener, so inventories are light and requires less total pieces of material. All of these reasons can help make Solar a more useful energy alternative for our planet. Orlock is helping to protect our planet… One rivet at a time.


Peterbuilt Truck After-Market Grill Accessory Mock Up part 3of 3

November 18th, 2010

This is the “After Pic “ of an Orlock rivet that is serving as a SOLUTION

to a troublesome rivet application(a look at the blind side):


All of the Pre-mentioned problems are solved(see part 2 for problems)

Cost: A bit more in hard dollars.


1. Dramatically increased customer satisfaction. Increased sales

2. Superior product quality.

3. Visual cosmetic improvement.


1. Although, in this case the per unit rivet price was bit higher, there is a

Small per-grill cost increase. This increase is inconsequential because
there is no competitor
comparison to this custom unit.

Bottom line: The manufacturer and the customer benefit from the conversion to the Orlock rivet even thought there is a small increase in price.

Peterbuilt Truck After-Market Grill Accessory Mock Up Part 2 of 3

November 18th, 2010

 This is the “before Pic “of a troublesome rivet application(a look at the blind side):

Before rivet solution: 3/16 stainless steel open end, non-structural blind rivets.


1. Rivets are too loose, causing the louvers to flex and allow the grill to callapse

side-ways and come out of alignment. This creates the illusion to the customer that the grill does not fit

When they try to mount new grill.

2. Vibration causes rivets to pop out after a year or so of use(its a non-structural rivet).

3. Rivets dramatically loosen over time, starting after installation.


Peterbuilt Truck After-Market Grill Accessory Mock Up part 1of 3

November 18th, 2010

Here is a close-up look at the riveted louvers of a stainless steel grill accessory. This grill is an after-market piece designed to customize the look of a classic Peterbuilt truck grill. This is the first of three pictures that will illustrate how Orlock rivets have been re-designed into the application to solve some
assembly issues. Original issues that caused the grills not to function and wear optimally.