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Old 01-08-2021, 07:35 PM
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I'm wondering how much it would cost to get a decent, but entry level rivet nut installation tool.

The attached photo shows some pre-existing threaded rivets in my new enclosed trailer. I'd like to add a bunch more of these, but they don't need to be as large as these existing ones.

I'm assuming a pneumatic one would be the most cost effective type, excluding the hand-operated ones that don't look like any fun.

I'd want it to be able to install at least 1/4-20 rivets.

Any brand and/or source recommendations?
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Old 01-08-2021, 08:03 PM
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A good tool to install 1/4-20 Rivnuts is neither something that needs extreme force or mechanization as in 400 per day which would require air assist. Mostly it involves patience keep your holes close to size and the adjustment of your setting tool is a little finicky too loose they spin too tight they just don't set right. I've set many many over the years just observe what's happening and give the nose of the tool a little tightening up or roll with it. You'll figure it out pretty quick
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Old 01-09-2021, 08:02 AM
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I have no addition to what to buy, but to expand on Tim's comments,

My thoughts on to whether air or Manual, to help decide which is best.
1 How many do you think you will be installing at one time? 10, or 200.
2. How many times are you going to use it? Once a day, Month, year?

3. Do you like having the cool Air tools, vs manual tools just because you can? As long as you have the extra cash, the air tool one might be the one, but i would think that it might be a one time use couple times a year, the manual one might be better.

1. More portable, does not need an air compressor.
2. Less parts to go bad, like seals and switch valves, especially if you do not use it for couple years, and not stored properly. I tend to find my air tools not working like they should when they do not get used in couple of years, and stored in an unheated garage. Things tend to dry up, and get sticky.

Be sure to report what you end up with, and how you like it.
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Old 01-09-2021, 09:05 AM
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I'm just trying to avoid the frustration of having the rivets not set properly and having to drill them out and try again.

The reviews I'm seeing on any of the tools out there for $400 or less (manual or pneumatic) that most people are dissatisfied and frustrated.
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Old 01-09-2021, 09:16 AM
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The reviews I'm seeing on any of the tools out there for $400 or less (manual or pneumatic) that most people are dissatisfied and frustrated.
:-) Yes BUT per part of your quote "most people" don't have much if any Common Sense any longer. Especially about things like care of tools. :-)
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Old 01-09-2021, 10:08 AM
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I'm just trying to avoid the frustration of having the rivets not set properly and having to drill them out and try again.

The reviews I'm seeing on any of the tools out there for $400 or less (manual or pneumatic) that most people are dissatisfied and frustrated.
90% of the people that are dissatisfied don't have the tool adjusted right. That is the single biggest issue with using a rivnut setter. Try setting a couple in some scrap sheetmetal until you are happy with how they are coming out
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Old 01-09-2021, 07:28 PM
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I have ordered a pneumatic riv-nut tool, it has not arrived yet.
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Old 01-09-2021, 08:03 PM
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I have ordered a pneumatic rib-nut tool, it has not arrived yet.
This tool pneumatically applies a ground nut paste to ribs for BBQ ???
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Old 01-09-2021, 09:51 PM
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This tool pneumatically applies a ground nut paste to ribs for BBQ ???
I just love to sit back and watch you two interact...
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Old 01-10-2021, 08:15 AM
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I just love to sit back and watch you two interact...
I think honey is involved....with the "nut paste".....
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