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Tool for installing rivet nuts, nutserts rivnuts, etc

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Crom, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. Jan 13, 2015 at 11:06 AM
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    Crom

    Crom [OP] Super-Deluxe Member

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    I'm looking for a recommended tool to install rivnuts.

    I'm going to lay down some l-track like the post below.

    Thanks.

    McMaster-Carr sells one which look like the one pictured below.

     
  2. Jan 24, 2015 at 1:16 PM
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    Harbor Freight sells one, threaded insert tool. I picked one up for $18, does multiple sae threads and so far it hasn't failed me. I use one at work all the time but it was a little more expensive, $2400...
     
  3. Jan 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM
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    Nice on the HF one. I may get that one in the future. I ended up making my own tool for my project. I pulled 6 rivnuts and will probably do 6 more. Good stuff!
     
  4. Jan 29, 2015 at 9:38 AM
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    I went the cheap for the install tool. A 2"x1/4-20 bolt, nut and 2 fender washers. I also used a piece of flat steel to keep the rivet nut from spinning. Two 7/16" box wrenches. Place a little oil onto the bolt threads to help the nut from binding. This work great for 10-12 rivet nuts before you will want to replace the bolt.

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  5. Jan 29, 2015 at 1:31 PM
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    Looks good David. Nice pics. :D

    Here is a picture of my home made tool:
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    I did break a few bolts and foul some threads (because I mixed different hardware (galvy/stainless/grade-8)), but I just swapped out for new ones. I tried pretty hard to find a full threaded grade-8 bolt, but I could not find one. Anyways, I'm real happy with how mine turned out.

    I pulled (12) rivnuts on (4) 12" pieces of L-Track at the front of the Tacoma bed.

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  6. Mar 1, 2015 at 6:35 PM
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    Looks great! can't wait to get some L-track in my bed.

    Love the home made tools. I have the harbor freight tool, and it's perfect for what it does, but what it does is SAE hardware, and I've got a love affair with metric hardware. All the metric tools I've seen are about $60+. I'll buy one someday, but definitely need to make one of these tools in the mean time. I tried to just tighten a bolt into one with some washers but all it did was spin the threaded insert. It didn't occur to me to use a separate nut and hold the bolt still.
     
  7. Mar 6, 2015 at 10:10 PM
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    Best 1 I've found....

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    Also from McMaster Carr
     
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  8. Jan 18, 2016 at 3:33 PM
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    Subbed. I use these on some roof racks so this is a good reference for me.
     
  9. Jan 18, 2016 at 4:50 PM
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    I bought this one a couple years back, along with about 100 6mm rivnuts, I knew I'd be using it a bunch for various projects and I wanted a tool to save time on those little buggers. It's paid for itself several times over. I used it the other day to put 8 rivnuts in my bed for a bedslide project, between drilling and installing, I was done with that step in less than 5 minutes.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004KLVJAA?psc=1
     
  11. Jan 25, 2016 at 7:02 AM
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    That's the exact one I was looking at.

    Good to know it's working well!
     
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    It'd increase in value for me by tenfold if I found a 1/4-20 die for it. Damn local stores don't stock a halfway decent 6mm fastener selection.
     
  13. May 2, 2017 at 3:45 PM
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    How thick is the bed material anyway? I think I'm going to use some rivet nuts to install a few Grip Fists for various items and would like to make sure that there is plenty of grip on the backside.
     
  14. May 2, 2017 at 3:52 PM
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    I used the pre bulbed rivnuts (per @Crom suggestion) as they have more space between the face and the crimped part. The listing says for .28-.50", but they seemed to grab the bed pretty good. The regular rivnuts seem to be for sheet metal and stuff a little thicker, like 1/8". I'm using the prebulbed ones to mount my co2 and fireX

    Edit regular rivet-nuts are for the following thickness "sheet metal grip range: 26 – 13ga" 13g is 3/32"
    Amazon has lots of different grip ranges available these are the ones I used (.28-.50")
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010GQXMAW/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    These might work even better as they have a grip range of .02-.28"
    https://www.amazon.com/S25MG280-PRE...rd_wg=Sj2tx&psc=1&refRID=6A0SFK4AEC4YX3Z5RWNB

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  15. Jul 8, 2017 at 6:21 PM
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    The Astro Pneumatic M4 to M6 one has been one of the best investments i ever made. It works well with steel flangeless nutserts. If you have ever replaced the window regulator on older BMW's, youll know what i mean. Its far more elegant then using a 1/4" bolt and lock nut.
     

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