Rivet guns are hand tools used to join parts made of thin sheet metal or different materials, for example: wood and steel. The formed joint withstands well vibrational loads and temperature exposure.
Rivet guns: 6 important facts
- Some devices have a gripping collet and are used to install permanent blind fasteners. They grip a rivet, push and snap it. Other devices are fitted with a threaded rod that is screwed into the rivet end. As a result, dismountable joint is formed.
- At the online shop, there are devices made of steel or aluminium. The first ones are robust and often have a chromium coating. The second ones are characterised by light weight and resistance to corrosion.
- It is possible to order devices with a fixed or rotating head. In the first case, it is usually placed at a right angle to the handle. The rotating element can be set at an angle in the range from 0 to 360 ° so it is possible to work in tight spaces.
- There are hand, electric, hydraulic or air rivet guns. Tools of the first type are relatively inexpensive and are suitable for simple and short tasks, the second ones allow working much longer. Hydraulic and air equipment is characterised by high performance and most often is used at professional workshops.
- Before the procedure, the workpieces are fixed in vices and holes are bored inside them. Their parameters should correspond to the diameter and length of the rivet. Mind the fact that some tools are suitable for working with the consumables made of a particular material, for example, of copper or aluminium.
- When the job is done, the device should be wiped with a clean dry cloth and put away in place with moderate humidity. It is recommended to apply machine oil to the device regularly in order to protect it from corrosion.
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