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Old February 21st, 2011, 11:42 AM
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Just a short review for anyone in need of a pop rivet tool.

I'm in the process of replacing a portion of my floorboards and decided to use closed end, stainless steel pop rivets. I found a 3/16" rivet at www.therivetgallery.com, which turned out to be a bit too rough for me to pop in some of the more difficult places to reach. After a typical Harbor Freight run (i.e. buy hydraulic rivet tool, fill with hydraulic fluid, watch it leak like crazy), I ordered a RiveDrill (http://www.rivedrill.net/), model RT120P.

I've used it for about 20 rivets, and it definitely was worth the price and gets the job done. I have a 12 year old 24V Bosch drill and I had to set it on the low speed setting in order to get the torque to pop the 3/16" rivets.

Only a couple of small nits. First, the instructions looked to have been translated from Spanish through some sort of translation program, rendering them nearly incomprehensible. Fortunately, the tool is not difficult to use.

Second, since you have to hold the tool to prevent it from spinning, it would have been better if the tool was textured rather than smooth to allow you to grip it better. I can imagine it being even more difficult to hold when popping 1/4" rivets.
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Old February 21st, 2011, 07:59 PM
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where did you actually buy it?
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Old February 21st, 2011, 08:38 PM
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The problem wasn't your rivet tool to begin with, its the rivets from the rivet gallery. They're terrible.
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where did you actually buy it?
http://www.s-bgroup.com/lobster/rivedrill.html

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The problem wasn't your rivet tool to begin with, its the rivets from the rivet gallery. They're terrible.
Really? What makes them terrible? I haven't busted any, and they seem to be strong enough.
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Old February 21st, 2011, 11:29 PM
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NOt bad. Wonder if it is better than the mcmaster one. I think that one is around 70 bucks
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 08:23 AM
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RT110 looks and sounds identical to McMaster tool and instructions sound the same.
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