How does a riveter work?

One of the most used tools to carry out daily repairs in their homes is the riveter. It is very likely that we are familiar with this tool, but it is important to know some tips on how to use it and the types of riveting tools that exist for different applications.

What is a riveter and what is it for?

riveter is a mechanical tool made up of levers , wedges, screws , springs , among others, whose purpose is to place rivets , both in industrial processes and in domestic applications, to join two elements that do not have to be disassembled later.

As we mentioned, riveting machines can be used in both industrial and domestic applications and are used to permanently join two or more pieces or elements through a rivet.

It can be used to join two pieces of wood , one piece of wood and one of fabric, plastic , not very hard metal, among other materials.

How does a riveter work?

The riveter bases its operation on the rivet. The rivet is an element made up of a stem (cylindrical tube) that has a head at one end.

The riveter is placed on the stem until it stops with the head. So when we press the handle of the riveter, it generates a force that squeezes the stem and lifts it.

As the stem rises, it generates a bend in the head that fixes the two pieces and does not allow them to move. The riveter continues to lift the stem to the point where it breaks, leaving only the head joining the two pieces.

In the following video we can see graphically how the riveter does to leave only the rivet head joining the two pieces.

Types of riveters

  • Manual riveter: It is the typical hand riveter. It is also known as a POP riveter. It can never be missing in a workshop or in a house. Rivet conforms to all sizes of parts.

  • Accordion riveter: It is a riveter that is used manually as well. It is compatible with 2.4mm, 3.2mm, 4.0mm, 4.8mm, 5 and 6mm rivets.

  • -Clamp Riveter : These riveters are foot operated and work in conjunction with a pneumatic pump that applies the force. In this case, buteroles of different sizes and properties are used depending on the application that is given. They are machines of approximately 3.5 kg with a pneumatic pump of about 8 kg

  • T-Column riveting machine: Copper , aluminum , steel rivets , among others, are used. It has a weight of about 100 kg and works with compressed air.
  • Bench riveter: It is similar to the T-Column riveter but smaller. Its weight is 60 kg and they have an interchangeable puncher.

Rivets for riveters

Rivets consist of a cylindrical tube, called a stem, which has a head at one end They can have different sizes and be made of different materials, to select the one that is most appropriate depending on the application.

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