Rivet Gun Repairs. Fast & Easy Rivet Gun Troubleshooting Guide.

Aerobolt Fast & Easy Rivet Gun Troubleshooting Guide with Riley the Rivet Lad

How to repair a rivet gun. The know-how to service your cordless rivet gun or air riveter.

In today’s article we will be delving into repairing your rivet gun with a few simple tips and tricks to keep your tool in good working order. Cordless rivet guns and air rivet tools are easy to operate and normally provide hassle-free installations with a little know-how. The starting point of any tool purchase is to refer to the operating manual BEFORE use. Ensure you have the right gun for the type of rivets you are installing. Are you using standard rivets, like multi-grip rivets or the heavy duty structural rivets like the Magna-Lok or Orlock rivets? Does the nose tip opening coordinate with the rivet's pin diameter? Do you know the air pressure? Is the air pressure correct? From the foregoing questions I hope you can appreciate the importance of spending a bit of time trying to understand the manual. Many of these questions can only be addressed by the type & model of the rivet gun and the operating manual. Before we jump into the rivet gun troubleshooting guide lets touch base with the different power types of rivet guns and their key features.   

Air Rivet Gun.

Air rivet guns are ideal for medium to high production operations where there is a repetitive rivet installation. They are powerful, reliable, and continual in the task of installing rivets, unlike like cordless rivet-guns. Air rivet guns are extremely fast, and require a compressor to provide power, this makes them a little impractical on construction sites or in remote locations. 

Cordless Rivet Guns.

Battery rivet guns are becoming more sophisticated and are increasingly popular on construction sites. Lithium-ion batteries are lighter than the older style batteries and hold a longer charge. Making them a hassle-free option for building sites or fabrication workshops. We have a comprehensive range of cordless rivet guns from manufacturers like Pop®, Gesipa® and our very own private label tool that we have rivet gun lab tested for quality and value.

Manual Riveting Tools.

For the do-it-yourself guru who occassionally installs rivets, a manual pop rivet-tool is ideal. If you need to repair a gutter or add an accessory to a vehicle, a short-handled plier hand riveter will probably do the job. There are numerous hand rivet tool options including the concertina rivet tool which is also known as the lazy tong riveter because you can install rivets with one hand, through to the long handle lever option where two hands are required to install a rivet.   

Manual Riveting Tools

We list below in a table format  key issues that you may encounter with your riveting gun and provide probable causes and solutions. If you are still battling an issue consider referring to the tool's manual or contact us. We have a dedicated tool technician who can assist with most service matters associated with fastening tools like rivet guns or rivnut tools. Feel free to contact us or call 02 9755 3747.   

Problem Possible Causes Possible Solutions*
* Please refer to manufacturer's operating manual for correct instructions
Rivet does not install with one trigger press. Air leak. Tighten joints or replace components.
Insufficient air pressure. Adjust air pressure to within specification.
Worn or broken jaws Fit new jaws
Low oil level or air in oil. Service rivet gun.
Build up of metal shards around jaws. Remove shards and clean jaws.  
Tool will not grip pin/mandrel of rivet. Worn or broken jaws. Fit new jaws.
Build up of metal swarf inside the nose casing. Remove metal swarf & clean nose casing.
Loose jaw housing. Tighten against locking ring.
Weak or broken spring in nose assembly. Fit new spring.
Incorrect component in nose assembly. Identify and replace.
Jaws will not release broken  mandrel/pin of rivet. Jaws will not release broken mandrel/pin of rivet, Remove shards and clean jaws etc.
Jaws, nose tip or casing not properly seated. Tighten nose casing and or nose tip. 
Weak or broken spring in nose assembly. Fit new spring.
Loose or damaged nose tip. Tighten or replace nose tip
Cannot feed next rivet. Broken stems jammed inside tool. Empty pin tail or mandrel collector.
Check jaw spreader is correct.
Adjust air pressure to within specification.
Rotary valve incorrectly adjusted. Adjust as per operating procedure in tool manual.
Slow installation cycle.
Low air pressure. Adjust air pressure to within specification.
Build up of metal shards inside the nose casing. Remove shards and clean jaws. 
Rivet gun  fails to operate. No air pressure. Connect and adjust to specifications.
Damaged trigger valve. Service rivet gun.
Loose base cover. Tighten.
Loose stem collector. Tighten retaining nut.
Rivets fails to break. Insufficient air pressure. Adjust air pressure to within specification.
Fastener outside tool capability. Use more powerful tool.
Low reservoir oil level.  Service rivet gun.

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