In this guide we’ll look at the best rivet guns.
We’ve compared construction, included rivets, additional features and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Rivet Gun?
More Detailed Rivet Gun Reviews
Hanxin Heavy Duty Rivet Gun, 161 Pcs Riveter Kit Review
The Hanxin rivet gun set we tested has changed our mind about what’s possible with a hand riveting kit. This “rivnut” setup can implant internally threaded rivets into a wide range of sheet materials.
We think it’s the best rivet nut tool out there because it’s a high quality, simple setting tool that makes riveting a simple task. The handle is long enough to not put too much strain on your arm, and it feels really sturdy.
The handle moulding is forgiving on the hand and non-slip, and the handle lock is sturdy, contains the nozzle changing wrench, and feels like it will last a long time.
This rivet tool comes with a complete set of rivets for all the popular bolt sizes; M3, M4, M5, M6 and M8, and in a quality carry box with a handle and clear front, so you are always aware of how many of each rivet you have left.
eSynic 86Pcs Heavy Duty Hand Riveter Kit Rivet Gun Review
eSynic are an electronics and tool brand that produce a wide range of useful gadgets and accessories for DIYers, tradespeople and hobby crafters.
The eSynic 86Pcs Hand Riveter Kit also sets rivet nuts like the Hanxin. It’s another well-designed and ergonomic rivet tool that embeds threaded inserts into sheet metal, pipes, plastic or other materials.
With a high-strength aluminium body and drop forged carbon steel upper handle, this is one of the best rivet nut tools around and for a very reasonable price. We particularly liked the solid carry case; it keeps the included setting bits and rivets safe and easy to find at a glance.
Bahco 2681 Riveter Review
Bahco are a Swedish brand of premium hand tools that have made high-quality equipment since 1886, so they know a thing or two about making the best pop rivet gun.
The Bahco 2681 Riveter that we tried out felt really solid. With a steel constructed body, this pop rivet gun feels like a really solid piece of kit, and the distinctive Bahco orange hand grip is large and comfortable in the hand.
The Bahco riveter lets you set four sizes of rivets with the interchangeable nose pieces and you can store three of them on the side of the tool for quick access. It even includes a little wrench for changing the heads.
Our favourite feature of the Bahco riveter is the 360° swivel head, which means you can pop rivets in at any angle from the gun itself. This makes the pop rivet gun useful in tight spaces and when the sheet material isn’t flat on the work surface.
It’s a shame that the riveter doesn’t come with any rivets to start with, but apart from that it’s the best rivet gun for the UK market on the list.
Draper 13963 Riveter Kit for Aluminium Blind Rivets Review
Draper are a well-known tool brand in the UK, used by DIYers and professionals that trust the quality and know they won’t break the bank. The Draper 13963 Riveter Kit we tried out has everything you’ll need to start joining sheet materials together in no time.
This is a light rivet tool, made from die-cast aluminium, but the handle length is still long enough to handle the larger sizes of rivets. The body has holders built into it that hold three of the 2.4, 3.2, 4.0 and 4.8 mm nozzles not in use at the time.
The heavy-duty chrome molybdenum steel jaws make short work of aluminium blind rivets, and are some of the best rivet gun jaws on our list.
Blue Spot 09102 Compact Heavy Duty Riveter Set of 3 Pieces Review
Blue Spot make a range of affordable hand tools, and we think they offer the best pop rivet gun with an ergonomic handle.
The Blue Spot Heavy Duty Riveter is suitable for use with steel, aluminium or stainless-steel rivets, and rated for joining a range of material types such as metal, leather or plastics.
It comes with four different size colour coded nozzles: 2.4, 3.2, 4.0 and 4.8mm for blind rivets, and you can even adjust the stroke length depending on the gauge of the rivet.
We really like the handle on this heavy duty rivet gun. It makes the riveter supremely comfortable to use over long periods, and should help set plenty of rivets without causing excess hand fatigue.
Rivet Gun Buyer’s Guide
Sometimes called a pneumatic hammer, a rivet gun creates strong and versatile fixings for sheet metals and other materials. A specialised riveting tool compresses a rivet, usually made of aluminium or steel, to create a permanent fixing.
There are two main types of rivets.
The first is a classic blind rivet, where access to the other side of a sheet material might not be possible. Often used in automotive work, you set a rivet into a pre-drilled hole, and force the rivet to close on itself for a permanent fixing.
The other is known as a rivet nut. The principle is similar, you pre-drill a hole and set in a rivet, but instead of a blind rivet, you insert an internally threaded rivet that can be re-used by different sized bolts.
After testing out five of the best rivet guns, we knew we had to pick a winner. When it comes to finding a sturdy rivet tool that creates an innovative and versatile fixing, the best rivet nut tool was the Hanxin set. Not only does the gun rivet well, but it comes complete with a large number of different “rivnuts” for immediate use.