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Offline RedJeepster1

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Rivet Nut Setter
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:27:10 AM »
So I have a few different projects that would be much nicer installs if I could insert a nut into a blind hole in sheet metal / thin plate steel. Ideally the tool would have a range of 1/4-20 to 3/16-16 since that's most of the stuff I'm using, and anything bigger should probably have a more secure mounting method in my opinion. Seems like most of these tools are either 10-24 through 5/16-18 or 5/16-18 through 1/2-13. Neither of which have the whole range I'm looking for.

Anyone used any of these tools before and have a suggestion? Leaning towards the smaller one since the bigger stuff should probably have a nut welded to the back side anyway...

Anyone have any good or bad experience with a specific tool? Or have an old one they don't use anymore and might want to sell?

Looking at this one here - https://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumatic-Tool-1442-Setter/dp/B003TODXQW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1516364469&sr=8-3&keywords=Hand+Rivet+Nut+tool
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2018, 07:46:53 AM »
I looked into doing that with the seat I retrofitted in my K3500. I went the hard way with conventional nut and bolt. Getting into 3/8 assumes stress for a larger bolt. I wouldn’t trust a nutzert where stress is involved. For instance an auto seat fastened by nutzert involved in an accident - no bueno...

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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2018, 07:52:20 AM »
I have the HF one you can borrow. I use it for non structural apps.

https://www.harborfreight.com/45-piece-threaded-insert-riveter-kit-1210.html
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2018, 08:42:20 AM »
Someone needs to buy one of those fancy pneumatic nutsert tools that does bigger bolts so I can barrow it to do my fenders and sliders hahaha
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2018, 09:23:36 AM »
I have the HF one you can borrow. I use it for non structural apps.

https://www.harborfreight.com/45-piece-threaded-insert-riveter-kit-1210.html

How's the HF tool work? Wish you got something better or totally sufficient? And thanks for the offer but I plan on buying a tool regardless of what I end up with so I can have it on the shelf for when I want to use it.

An example of when 3/8" would be nice would be like rear quarter armor with a rub rail on the XJ. Don't have great access to the back side of the panel, so the nutserts would be nice. A bunch of 5/16" bolts would probably be sufficient, but I feel like it would be nice to have 3/8". Most of the projects I'd want the smaller stuff though.
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2018, 09:37:05 AM »
I have the HF one you can borrow. I use it for non structural apps.

https://www.harborfreight.com/45-piece-threaded-insert-riveter-kit-1210.html

How's the HF tool work? Wish you got something better or totally sufficient? And thanks for the offer but I plan on buying a tool regardless of what I end up with so I can have it on the shelf for when I want to use it.

An example of when 3/8" would be nice would be like rear quarter armor with a rub rail on the XJ. Don't have great access to the back side of the panel, so the nutserts would be nice. A bunch of 5/16" bolts would probably be sufficient, but I feel like it would be nice to have 3/8". Most of the projects I'd want the smaller stuff though.

It's definitly a lower end HF tool. If you plan on using for more than 2 projects get a better one (that does larger sizes too)
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2018, 09:58:53 AM »
My MetalCloak armor came with 3/8" rivet nuts and a simple tool to install them - just needed two open end wrenches...
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2018, 11:22:25 AM »
If you buy the steel vs aluminum nut inserts, the HF will not do the job. Also HF does not sell the nutserts?

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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2018, 11:35:02 AM »
The simple tool is a bolt a nut and a washer
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2018, 11:40:35 AM »
The simple tool is a bolt a nut and a washer

1:10 of this video shows how.
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2018, 12:27:14 PM »
I've seen it done without the tool, but if your doing more than 2 or 3, I would think it would be nice to have the tool.
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2018, 12:30:25 PM »
We have an expensive version of that at our shop.  It works well.  That is probably the quality of the HF one, and will probably They make small hand held versions.

One size only, but they work well and pretty solid.

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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2018, 12:31:51 PM »
I've seen it done without the tool, but if your doing more than 2 or 3, I would think it would be nice to have the tool.

yea, that's a PITA if you're doing alot of them.
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2018, 01:07:24 PM »
The nut & bolt method works much quicker if you use an impact gun instead of a ratchet  :wink:
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Re: Rivet Nut Setter
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2018, 07:53:20 PM »
I made this tool yesterday for 5/16" steel riv nuts.  With an impact driver it takes less than 30 seconds to set the nuts





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