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Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 22, 2017 07:34PM
I used to have no trouble with pop rivets, but the last hand tool I bought was just too hard to squeeze adequately. Then I went online and found an inexpensive version of a new drill-powered pop-rivet too, namely this one:



[www.amazon.com]

You have to hold the fat end of this while you spin the drill. My corded electric drill has too much torque; I can't hang on to it. I turn it down to low speed, and it hasn't enough oomph. I'm wondering if I get a cordless drill, maybe that would work better. Or maybe I just need stronger hands.

Is there any pop-rivet tool designed for folks with weak hands?

/Mr Lynn



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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: max
Date: August 22, 2017 07:43PM
Try an impact driver.....

[www.amazon.com]
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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 22, 2017 07:46PM
$50 + shipping.

[www.speedwaymotors.com]





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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 22, 2017 07:55PM
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max
Try an impact driver.....

[www.amazon.com]

Never had an impact driver, but isn't their rationale that they provide more torque than a drill? That would make it even harder to hold the rivet tool.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 22, 2017 07:59PM
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Speedy
$50 + shipping.

[www.speedwaymotors.com]

That's a great idea (and a great price), but I'd need to buy an air compressor, too. I've got one that runs off a car battery, up to maybe 90 psi, basically for tires, but Q&A on that page says 100+ necessary.

Maybe a I need an air compressor. . . ? Not doing any heavy auto repairs these days—never did, really, aside from the occasional starter motor or alternator.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: flareslow
Date: August 22, 2017 08:18PM
This cost quite a bit more but I have one and it is easy to squeeze.

Huck 150A
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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: nwyaker
Date: August 22, 2017 08:47PM
Both hands. Does SS too. I have and use this doing mast rigging.
[www.harborfreight.com]
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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 22, 2017 09:11PM
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flareslow
This cost quite a bit more but I have one and it is easy to squeeze.

Huck 150A

"Quite a bit more" indeed! $182! For that price, I could buy an air compressor and an air-powered riveter—or maybe two!

On the other hand (as it were), if you needed a compact tool you could carry in your work pouch and you did a lot of riveting, it's probably a bargain. Everyone's needs are different.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: August 22, 2017 09:28PM
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nwyaker
Both hands. Does SS too. I have and use this doing mast rigging.
[www.harborfreight.com]

Woo hoo! A two-handed, long-handled rivet tool for $20! Looks like the answer!

Thanks nwyaker!

/Mr Lynn



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/22/2017 09:29PM by mrlynn.
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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 22, 2017 11:45PM
Mr Lynn... may be time to look into some torque handling levers and long handled pliers and whatnot. For example you can use a band wrench to hold the drill head in one direction while your drill goes in the other direction..
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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: Michael
Date: August 23, 2017 05:11AM
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cbelt3
Mr Lynn... may be time to look into some torque handling levers and long handled pliers and whatnot. For example you can use a band wrench to hold the drill head in one direction while your drill goes in the other direction..

This. I'd use a pipe wrench: [www.amazon.com]
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Re: Pop-Rivet Tool for Weak Hands?
Posted by: tenders
Date: August 23, 2017 05:56AM
The larger nut just above the collar in the original tool (not the smaller nut holding the rivet) appears to be designed to be grabbed by a box wrench to prevent this problem.
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