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Good Rivet Gun

If you need to pull 1/4” stainless steel rivets you need a good gun. This one has worked well for me.

Available from the good people at McMaster-Carr.

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Stein Varjord

Hi John,
Having killed a few rivet guns, I can confirm that a good one is gold. It’s not easy to judge what is a good one, other than by using it for a while. Which is why this recommendation is valuable.

The critical element is the quality of the jaws that grip on the rivet mandrel. They need to be super hard. If not, they loose the edge and ability to grip. Keep the gun oiled to avoid rust making the jaws dull. Available new jaws is also important, as even the good ones don’t live forever.