Huck Gun Installation Tools - A Guide to Install Huck Rivets and Huck Bolts

Huck Gun Installation Tools

What is a Huck Gun?

Huck guns are the ideal choice when installing Huck bolts and structural rivets like the Magna-Lok rivet and so much more.  Huck tools work differently to rivet guns or rivnut setters as they provide the flexibility to install two very different type of fasteners with a simple changeover of a nose assembly. Other fastening tools only allow the installation of one type of fastener. The intellectuals at Huck have created a versatile tool that installs a two-piece pin & collar Huck bolt plus a one-piece structural rivet. Clever Huh! The answer to the the question "What is a Huck Gun? Is easy!  A Huck gun is simply a tool that installs both Huck pin & collar lock bolts and Structural rivets by changing over a nose assembly. In this article we will investigate the different options associated with Huck guns including air, cordless, and hydraulic plus preview nose assemblies and their important role in the installation of Huck fasteners.

Selecting a Huck Gun for Huck Bolt pin & collar installations.

There are a few Huck tool options here for the installation of pin & collar Huck bolt fasteners

Air Huck Guns for pin and collar HuckBolts.

Ideal for frequent Huck bolt installations, an air-powered Huck gun is an easy choice. Air powered tools offer quick installation with consistent results. They are the fast and efficient option. Also known as pneumatic or hydro-pneumatic tools, but to keep things easy we call them air. There are a couple of options here including the Huck Gun HG-10224 (picture on the right) for the installation of standard Huck bolt diameters 4.8 and 6.4 mm (3/16” & 1/4’) or the HG-10256 for the installation of medium Huck fasteners diameter 7.9 and 9.5 mm (5/16” & 3/8”). Aerobolt also has a few alternative tool options that we have benchmarked for quality and value. Visit Lock bolt tools.

HG-10224 Huck Gun

Pros.

They are easier to use and require less effort compared to the cordless, plus they are cheaper than cordless.

Cons.

These tools require an air compressor which may limit mobility.

Cordless Huck Guns for Huck Bolts.

Cordless Huck guns run on battery power and provide incredible versatility, allowing you to install standard size Huck Bolts from practically anywhere. This makes the cordless Makita gun ideal for projects or worksites that require some mobility. The Huck Makita Cordless gun (picture on the right) is the only cordless option that Huck guarantee the installation values of their fasteners. By this we mean the fastener's shear and tensile values. Customers have enquired if the Makita rivet guns can install Huck lock bolt? I am afraid the answer is "no", they are not engineered to install lock bolts. Aerobolt stock the Makita rivet guns for the installation of standard type rivets only.     

HG-BV4500AUS Cordless Huck Gun

Pros.

Mobility and speedy installations.

Cons.

Expensive &  batteries have a limited charge.

Hydraulic Huck Guns for Huck Lock Bolts.

Hydraulic Huck guns are ideal for the installation of oversize Huck Bolt C50L and a few othe Huck fasteners in conjunction with a hydraulic power unit and tool + nose assembly. There is a wide range of options, click here to review the range or contact us with your application.

HG-3585 Hydraulic Huck Gun

Pros.

Ideal for high volume installation, underground mines or when power supply is an issue.

Cons.

Expensive & limited mobility may be an issue.

Nose Assemblies For Huck pin and collar fasteners.

Nose assembly is a prerequisite attachment that installs Huck bolts, in essence the link between the Huck gun and the fastener, without a nose assembly you will not be able to install a Huck Bolt. Selection is subject to tool, and fastener diameter, for instance the nose assembly for a Huck Bolt (pin & collar combo) will differ from the nose required to install a structural rivet. The gun to install them is the same, only the nose differs. To have a better understanding of nose assemblies, check out the nose assembly page.

99-08HBLT Huck Bolt Magna-Grip Nose

Choosing a Huck gun for the installation of Huck  rivets.

Selecting the correct Huck gun for the installation of Huck rivets depends on a number of factors including the nature of the project + your specific requirements, below we cover the main Huck tool options, along with their pros. & cons.

Air Huck Guns for Huck rivets.

Ideal for the frequent installation of Huck  rivets, an air-powered Huck gun is an easy choice because they offer fast installation with repeatable results. There are a couple of options here including the Huck gun HG-10224 for Huck structural rivet with the standard diameter of 4.8 and 6.4 mm (3/16” & 1/4’) or the HG-10256  (picture on the right) for the installation of structural rivet medium diameter 7.9 and 9.5 mm (5/16” & 3/8”).

Should you be installing structural rivets, and not installing two-piece Huck Bolts) you also have the option to purchase a rivet gun that can install both Structural and Standard rivets without the need of a nose assembly. Please note, not all rivet guns can install structural rivets, click here to preview a range of rivet guns that install both Structural rivets and Standard rivets. Look for the tools that mention structural rivets in their description, if it's not mentioned or silent this implies it doesn't install structural rivets.   

HG-10256 Huck Gun

Pros.

They are easier to use and require less effort compared to the cordless, plus they are cheaper than cordless.

Cons.

These tools require an air compressor which may limit mobility.

Cordless Huck Guns for Huck structural rivets.

Cordless battery Huck guns allows you to install Huck rivet from practically anywhere. This makes the cordless tool option ideal for projects or work sites that require mobility. The Huck Makita Cordless gun is the only cordless option that is recommended by Huck®. Customers have enquired if the Makita rivet guns can install structural rivets? These are not engineered to install structural rivets in large volumes or on a continual basis. The extra effort required to install structural rivets will put a greater strain on the motor & the jaws as these components were not designed for structural rivets and would hasten their wear and tear. For the installation of standard rivets, Aerobolt stock a wide range of battery rivet tools including the Makita rivet guns  

HG-BV4500AUS Cordless Huck Gun

Pros

Mobility and speedy installations.

Cons

Expensive & not as powerful as air, batteries have limited charge.

Huck Gun Nose Assemblies for Huck rivets. 

A different type of nose assemby is required for the installation of Huck rivets, this differes from the pin and collar assembly. Without a nose assembly you will not be able to install a Huck rivet via a Huck gun. Selection is subject to tool, and diameter for instance the nose assembly for a 1/4" structural rivet (6.4 mm) will differ from the nose required to install a 3/16" structural rivet (4.8 mm). The gun to install them is the same, only the nose assembly will differ. To have a better understanding of Huck nose assemblies, check out the nose assembly page.

99-08HRVT Huck Rivet Magna-Lok Nose

Manual Rivet Tool For Structural Rivets. 

For the occasional installation of structural rivets, a manual riveter like the RT-33 (picture on the right) might be the most cost-effective option. Hand rivet tools work by adding the rivet to the end of the tool, squeezing the handles, and retracting the tool from the now applied rivet. Some of the pros include: Inexpensive, easy to use, great for the handy person. Cons: They require physical force.

Manual Rivet Tool - Long Lever - FAR® RT-33

FREQUENTLY ASKED HUCK GUN QUESTIONS.

What's the difference between Huck air tool and a pneumatic Huck tool? 

Both these terms refer to the same tool. Air tool, air powered tools or pneumatic tools are powered or operated by compressed air. Pneumatic comes from the Latin word "pneumaticus", which is from the Greek word "pneumatikos" meaning air, breath or spirt.  

What's the difference between a cordless Huck gun and battery Huck tool?

These are different terms for the same tool, cordless Huck tools are also known as Huck battery tools. 

Where can I get my Huck tool serviced?

Repairing or servicing your Huck gun is part of our 100% commitment in providing a total Huck solution. Aerobolt’s professional team can service and or repair tools from Far®, Masterfix®, Pop®, and more. Please visit the tool service and repair page here.  

Seeking a Huck tool repairer and not from Sydney?

There are a few other repair facilities that might be closer to you. If you are from the Newcastle or Hunter Valley area contact Ovesco®. For Brisbane or Queensland, consider Profast®. Melbourne or Victoria contact Dafra®. For Auckland or New Zealand, reach out to Rivtec®.

Do you hire Huck tools?

Yes we do; we are Australia's #1 Huck tool hire company with 30+ years experience in supplying to a wide range of markets. Aerobolt can offer flexibility with Huck gun hire and provide daily, weekly, and monthly options. Call or click here to complete a Huck gun hire form.  

Do you recommend the Gesipa® SRLB battery lockbolt structural rivet tool to install Huck Bolt fasteners?

The Huck® Makita® Battery Gun is the only Huck® Bolt cordless gun option that is recommended by Huck®. The SRLB battery lockbolt structural rivet tool is not endorsed by Huck® the fastener company, or Gesipa® the tool manufacturer for the installation of Huck® bolt fasteners. Using a tool for a non-recommended fastener may mean you are not protected by the tool manufacturer's warranty. Click here to read more about Huck® not approving the SRLB battery lockbot structural rivet tool for Huck® fasteners.

 

Do you deliver Huck guns throughout Australia?

Yes, we can deliver Huck guns Australia wide through our network team of courier companies. In Sydney we offer same day delivery if you place an order before 10.00 am. Deliveries to other major Australian cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane including regional South-Eastern Australia can be delivered within 1-2 days. 

Do you deliver Huck guns to New Zealand?

Yes we do, we love our cousins in New Zealand. 

Do Huck guns come with a 12-month warranty?

Yes, all of our Huck® bolt tools come with a 12-month warranty. We import a range of tools from America, Europe + Asia, and when there is an issue, we aim to resolve the matter quickly here in Australia.

Do you hire Huck guns?

Yes we do, we are Australia's #1 Huck® gun hire company with over 30 years experience. Aerobolt® offer flexibility with hire and provide daily, weekly, and monthly options. Visit the Huck® tool hire page here. 

Can you assist in Huck gun selection?

Sure we can, call 02 9755 3747 or contact us to organise an appointment. Unlike many other franchise tool retailers we sell a few select tools with a great understanding of our offerings.

Huck Gun Installation Tools Summary. 

Huck Bolt and Huck rivets are used in numerous steel fabrication applications including the manufacture of truck, truck trailers, ute trays, ute canopy bodies, and emergency vehicles. Where a vibration resistance fastener is critical to the success of your work. Huck guns are the ideal option when your application involves Huck bolts and or structural rivets like Magna-Lok, Hucklok or Allok Rivets. Huck installation tools work differently compared to rivet guns as they provide you the flexibility to install two very different types of fasteners with the changeover of a nose assembly.

The professionals at Huck have created a flexible tool that installs a two-piece pin & collar Huck bolt plus a one-piece structural rivet. The answer to the very important question "What is a Huck Gun? A Huck gun is simply a tool that installs both Huck pin & collar lock bolts and Structural rivets by changing over a nose assembly. In this blog we have investigated the numerous options associated with Huck guns including air, cordless, and hydraulic guns. Should you be considering purchasing or investing in a Huck Gun feel free to call us on 02 9755 3747 or contact us for guidance.

 

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