Nutsert Guns: How to Choose a Nutsert Gun

Nutsert Tools - Which one should I buy?Which Nutsert Tool Is Best For Me?

There are numerous nutsert tools available and selecting “the right one” can be tricky, especially when it comes to finding the right nutsert gun that suits you. You seek a nutsert gun with the appropriate amount of power that gives you speed and efficiency. In this blog we will be providing a guide to purchasing a nutsert tool, these are also known as a rivnut guns or nut riveters. Aerobolt has a wide range of professional nutsert tools that include popular brands such as Pop®, Far®, Masterfix® and Gesipa® plus a few alternative options that we have lab tested for quality and value. We apply vigorous testing standards on all our tools before we present them to market. Today, we are going to review a select range of air, manual and cordless nutsert tools.

Before we review these tools, lets cover some nutsert basics. What is a nutsert? Nutserts are a tubular shape fastener that provides a threaded anchor point for bolting applications. Nutserts are easy to install; simply place the fastener into a pre-drilled or punched hole, and when pulling up you will see how the nutsert body expands, compresses, and locks into place. Nutserts which are also known as rivnuts & rivet nuts are ideal when the material is too thin or brittle to support a bolt on its own, a clever component that provides a permanent superior thread for the attachment of a bolt. Aerobolt has Australia's widest range of nutserts types from the popular nutsert "Xtralok" through to the  specialised Plus Nut threaded inserts. 

What are the main types of nutsert tools?  

There are 3 main nutsert tool categories: air, cordless and manual. Selecting the right tool depends on installation volume, application, nutsert type, material and size.

Air nutsert tools.

For frequent nutsert installations in workshops, an air-powered nutsert tool is the easy choice. Air powered nutsert tools offer quick installation with consistent results. They are the fast & efficient option. Sometimes referred to as pneumatic or hydro-pneumatic nutserts tools, but to keep things simple we call them air nutsert tools. 

Air Nutsert Tool Pros.

Easier to use and requiring less effort compared to the cordless & manual options, plus they are cheaper than cordless! Offering continuous nutsert installations compared to a cordless nutsert gun and a wind-on and off installations that you don't get with the manual option. Along with greater control of air pressure and stroke to ensure correct and consistent nutsert installations.  

Pneumatic Nutsert Gun Cons.

These tools require an air compressor which may limit mobility.

Manual nutsert tools: 

For the occasional installation of nutserts, or where power is not available, manual nutsert tools are cost-effective and easy to use. There are numerous different types of hand nutsert tools, including the popular Masterfix® MFX612 (pic on the right) which comes in a handy aluminium case. 

Hand Nutsert Tool Pros.

The inexpensive option, easy to use and ideal for the handy person.

Manual Nutsert Tool Cons.

They require muscle power.

Battery nutsert tools.

Cordless nutsert tools run on battery power and provide incredible versatility, allowing you to install nutserts from practically anywhere. This makes the cordless nutsert tool option ideal for projects or worksites that require mobility.

Cordless Nutsert Gun Pros.

Mobility and speedy installations.

Battery Nutsert Gun Cons.

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

How do I select the right nutsert tool?

After considering the main power options, you will need to review and consider the following prior to selecting the right nutsert tool to suit your application; 

  • Nutsert type; consider popular Nutsert 'Xtralok' or Plus Nuts etc.  
  • Nutsert material, not all nutsert guns will support all metal types.
  • Nutsert size: Ensure the tool is compatible with your nutsert sizes.  
  • Setting force, a higher setting force will suit high volume installs because they have a quicker cycle. 
  • Stroke, a longer stroke means single trigger installations for the bigger grip range nutserts or Plus Nuts.

Other considerations before you shop include; weight, dimensions, cost, etc.  

Which are the best air nutsert tools?

There are several air nutsert tools that we recommend. For high volume workshops, Far® Rivnut Tools  would be our first choice. Serious nutsert installations require a robust tool like the KJ45S or the KJ60 both these tools are high quality rivnut guns that come in a convenient bright red carry case. For medium production workshops you will find Aerobolt's Nutsert Tool 742 is ideal at a price point that represents great value with the convenience of a tool that installs the complete range of nutsert sizes; M3, M4, M5, M6, M8, M10, & M12. This rivnut tool also comes in a carry case. 

Nutsert Tool Model Weight (Kg) Dims. L x H (mm) Force (kN) Stroke (mm) Capacity Price Approx.
NT-KJ45S 2.8 296 x 312 27.4 7.6 M4, M5, M6, M8, M10, M12 $3000
NT-0742 2.2 250 x 280 19.1 7 M3, M4, M5, M6, M8, M10, M12 $1600
NT-EZM0312 1.7 270 x 260 18.5 7 M3, M4, M5, M6, M8, M10, M12* $1950
NT-XTN20 1.6 275 x 270 17.6 7 M4, M5, M6, M8 $2200

Which are the best cordless nutsert tools?

We have a range of battery-powered nutsert tools  covering the popular  Gesipa® FireBird® range plus the Qonnect -Tool that we have lab tested for value and quality. These professional rivnut guns provide effortless installations. 

Nutsert Tool Model Weight (Kg) Dims. L x H (mm) Force (kN) Stroke (mm) Capacity Price Approx.
NT-GFBIRDPRO 2.3 285 x 287 18.5 10 M3, M4, M5, M6, M8, M10* $1900
NT-GFBIRDPROG 2.3 285 x 287 25 10 M4, M5, M6, M8, M10, M12* $3000
NT-QN12XL 2.1 250 x 280 25 10 M3, M4, M5, M6, M8, M10, M12* $2400

Which are the best manual nutsert guns?

Ratchet nutsert tools are easy to use, flexibility and robust. The NT-MFX612 is a popular world-renowned Masterfix® brand choice that comes in a durable carry case. This is the original nutsert tool in an aluminium carry case. 
Rivet Gun Model Weight (Kg) Dims. L x H (mm) Stroke (mm) Capacity Price Approx.
NT-MFX612 also supports threaded studs.  1.3 150 x 210 8 M6, M8, M10, M12 $350
NT-MFX510 also supports threaded studs.  2.2 L: 550 8 M5, M6, M8, M10* $290
NT-KJ17 0.7 124 x 268 6 M3, M4, M5, M6* $190
NT-KJ21 1.2 127 x 350 6 M3, M4, M5, M6, M8 $260
NT-MFX360 also supports threaded studs.  0.9 120 x 210 6 M3, M4, M5*, M6* $130

    Frequently Asked Nutsert Gun Questions

    What's the difference between a cordless nutsert guns and battery rivnut tools?

    These are different terms for the same tool, cordless nutsert tools are also known as battery tools or electric guns. The term rivnuts and nutserts are different terms to describe the rivet nut fastener.    

    How to use a nutsert tool?

    Here we provide a step-by-step process of how to use an air nutsert tool.

    1. Determine you have the right nutsert for the application. 
    2. Ensure the nutsert tool has the correct size mandrel and associated anvil.
    3. Next, align your material to be joined as desired and drill the hole for the nutsert. Note that recommended hole sizes vary for different nutserts, so be sure to check the data sheet for your selected nutsert.
    4. Load the nutsert onto the end of the tool so that the mandrel is protruding. This wind-on process may be automatic for air or battery-powered tools depending on the model.
    5. Insert the body of the nutsert all the way into the hole.
    6. Press the trigger until the nutsert is installed. Many air tools have automatic one-trigger setting and spin-off, but some require a two trigger operation.
    7. Now congratulate yourself. Job well done!

    What's the difference between air nutsert tool and pneumatic nutsert gun? 

    Both these different labels refer to the same tool. Both these tools are powered by air.  

    Where can I get my nutsert tool serviced?

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

    Do you hire nutsert tools?

    Yes we do, we are Australia's #1 nutsert tool hire company with 30 years experience in supplying to a wide range of markets. Aerobolt can offer flexibility with hire and provide daily, weekly, and monthly options. Please visit the tool hire page here.

    Can you assist me in my nutsert tool selection?

    We sure can! The Aerobolt team can assist with the selection by calling 02 9755 3747 or contacting us.  

    Do your nutsert tools come with a 12-month warranty?

    Yes, our nutsert tools come with a 12-month warranty. Note that some of our low-volume installation tools will have a different warranty period and this well denoted. We import tools from around the world and when there is an issue, we  resolve the matter quickly here in Australia.

    Do you deliver tools throughout Australia?

    Yes, we can deliver Australia wide through our network team of courier companies. In Sydney we offer same day delivery if you order before 10.00 am. Deliveries to major cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane including regional South-Eastern Australia are either next day delivery or 2 days turnaround.

    Nutsert Tool Selection Summary

    Nutsert tools are used in numerous manufacturing and construction sectors. Nutserts or rivnuts are a versatile fastener that come with a wide range of types for an endless list of applications. Today we covered  some of the best nutsert tools to install these fasteners because all the benefits associated with items mean very little if you are not using the right tool. Often the best nutsert tool is the one that can easily handle your nutsert installation volume. The nutsert tools we have outlined are a small sample of the extensive range available in Australia. There are many other very good nutsert tools from the likes of Pop®, Lobster®, Stanley® and so much more.

    The Huck Aerobolt team have extensive information and expertise on nutsert tools. To discuss your requirements, contact our friendly team on 9755 3747 who are 100% technically minded and can assist with selecting the right nutsert tool (at the best price) to suit your application. 

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