Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 17
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Cotton works fine for me
I'm a sheet metal worker, we install a lot of rivets. I've been using this rivet gun almost daily for a couple months. it works fine for me. I've probably installed 100~ 3/16 stainless rivets and 100~ 1/8 stainless rivets with no problems.
there does seem to be a trick to setting 3/16 rivets. squeeze the handle all the way once, if the rivet doesn't pop the first time let off the handle *only about half way* and squeeze again. that's very important. I've watched guys use my rivet gun, let the handle open all the way and struggle to pop the rivet. I'll show them my aforementioned "trick" and pop the 3/16 stainless rivet like it was a grape.
yesterday i dropped it 30 feet into concrete (carpal tunnel from too many 3/16 rivets). i was sure it was dead, but it still works fine.
one complaint is, as others have mentioned, the wrench keeps falling out. one day I'm going to chuck it and use vise grips to switch the tips.
another complaint is the little wire that wraps around the handle to keep the tool closed had a tendency to get in the way and prevent me from squeezing the handle when trying to set a rivet. it ended up falling off. now the tool won't stay closed in my tool pouch. that's kind of a pain, but I'll just replace it with bailing wire or a small length of ball chain.
those are my only two complaints and why i only gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
i haven't experienced any of the other problems people have reported. the handles don't fall off, or at least they haven't acted like they're going to yet. the springs haven't broke. occasionally the mandrel doesn't eject properly. it's not a fault of the tool, they get bent when I'm squeezing the handle and applying a lot of stank. just push it out with the next rivet. most of the time, especially on 3/16 stainless, the mandrels go flying out the back of the tool and land 15-20 feet behind me. bonus points if i can hit another tradesman.
March 31, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Woody Stanley Right-Angle Manual Riveter
On the 3rd use the shaft of the rivet was stuck inside and would not release. There was no guidance as to what to do when that happens. I unscrewed the mechanism and then the spring came out as well as one of the 2 gripping mechanisms. I returned for the upgraded version, but the same thing happened. I then downsized the aluminum rivet size and so far the upgraded version has 6 times just fine. However, I plan to use it this weekend for attaching gutter pieces so we'll see how that goes.
July 19, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by knapper79 Strong Enough for 3/16 stainless rivets, hard to grip
I purchased this riveter when my current one would not pop steel rivets. This one is strong enough to fully seat and pop steal rivets. The biggest problem I had was the grip length/angle. These were very difficult to get the steel to pop because once the rivet seated, you would re-adjust the tool grip on rivet and the handles would be too far apart to get a good squeeze for final pop. I have larger than average size hands, and they are strong, yet I struggled on many of the rivets to get them to pop. I found when I readjusted the riveter, I would have to start the grab on the rivet higher on shank (NOT FLUSH WITH RIVET FACE), just to get enough hand grip/leverage to finally pop the rivet. This caused a couple of broken shanks without the riveter resting flush on the rivet. No problem with aluminums.
Overall good strength but they should have angled the hand grips better for the spread when you fully insert a steel rivet. Recommend a pneumatic or 2 handed riveter for steels over this model even at the higher cost. Was very tired, sore, and a couple of blood blisters from pinching after using these on about 24 steel rivets.
June 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Thom What I expected
It's what I expected, but Home Depot did not carry the rivits I needed to go with it.
May 31, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BIv Does not perform as indicated
Simple to assemble/change heads and use according to instructions; but once rivet was in place - tool would not/did not cut rivet and eject as stated in instructions. Tried multiple times and each time I had to manually cut off excess rivet. Does not perform as indicated. Taking it back to store.
October 22, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by martim Lowest quality tool i have ever bought
I bought one and it would not eject the rivets. Took it back and got a replacement - same problem. I have an old Black & Decker that is similar works perfectly. This is a waste of money and time.
July 31, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dave Not heavy duty
I'm using stainless steel rivets, so I bought this rivet tool and paid a little more becaues it said heavy duty on the package. that is not the case; it stopped working the first time I used it. Needless to say, it's going back.
August 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Satisfied Customer
I haven't had a chance to use this yet but I've had one similar. This rivet gun handles four different size rivets and its very well constructed. I'm very happy with it.
July 21, 2015