Forge Steel Heavy Duty Hand Riveter
Great Product at a great price. Has extra interchangeable nozzles for different size rivets. Has a very strong , robust construction. The price is very good, especially for the DIY er such as myself, who occasionally needs a gun at home.
31 Oct 2014
Good for one offs
If you just need a cheap riveter for one off work this should do the job fine. But if you are doing 30+ rivets per job get something else because this will give you blisters and hand fatigue.
Bear in mind I only use 4.8mm rivets (the biggest size this supports).
I used this to build flight cases and it did a pretty good job initially, but eventually it tired out my hands and the finger nodules on the front handle is really badly placed and can give you blisters.
My biggest gripe with this is the finger nodules, on a device like this you will never hold the trigger in one place. As you release your finger tips will hold the trigger. As you squeeze the digits closest to your knuckles will hold the trigger. So the trigger is supposed to move around in your hand. So this makes the nodules quite uncomfortable.
Eventually the rear of the riveter became loose and the retaining bolt came off and the spring propelled the bolt somewhere that I can't find. So this riveter has seen retirement.
30 Sep 2014
I've not had to do much riveting for any of my projects, but I needed to do a repair on a metal trailer tent pole that had separated. The result was exactly as I had anticipated. Great tool which is going to be used more. I opted for the mixed assortment of rivets which were well priced.
6 Aug 2014
Had a cheap riveter and it was SUCH a pain. This one is solid, easy to clear of used rivets (I've put 100s of rivets through it and never had to take it apart) and has all the heads you'll need for different sized rivets.
Only complaint is that you need to have a hand the size of King Kong to get going single handed (a previous reviewer mentioned you really do need to be holding what you are riveting!).
Pick the right length rivets or they won't hold/snap.
Keep a small spacer (pliers?) to hand if one doesn't snap off. Release the handles a bit, put the spacer in the gap this creates and re-squeeze.
The left over piece of rivet will only release if the handles are COMPLETELY open. If any stick after this then a slight tap with the aforementioned pliers or gently push another rivet in to shove the other out the back.
Hope you found the review errrrm rivetting
2 Jul 2014