Cordless Battery Rivet Gun Vs Pneumatic-Hydraulic Rivet Gun

Cordless battery operated rivet tools are increasing in popularity due to their capabilities and affordability and are used in a wide range of applications including automotive, construction and at home in DIY. Their lightweight and portable designs offer an alternative solution to the traditional pneumatic air rivet tool.

Pneumatic-hydraulic rivet guns have been used in applications for over a century and operate using air that is passed through a hose from an air compressor. The rivet is propelled into place when the user pushes the trigger. Popular in industries such as aerospace, automotive and construction these tools offer an efficient, consistent and powerful riveting solution.    

But which is best? 

Cordless battery rivet gun

Pros

  • Lightweight and ergonomic: Their lightweight and ergonomic design make them very easy to operate and use over long periods. 
  • Accessibility: The cordless design means the tool can be used to access hard to reach applications and can be used on top of a roof or in the middle of a field. 
  • Inexpensive: No need to purchase or hire a costly air compressor, simply charge the battery and it’s ready to use. 

Cons

  • Rechargeable power source required: The battery will need to be charged before it is used and runs the risk of losing power before the job is complete.

Pneumatic-hydraulic rivet guns 

Pros

  • Reliability:  The tool can be used instantly once it is connected to a compressor and will keep going. No need to worry about the battery running out.
  • Efficient: A pneumatic tool offers a quick and precise riveting solution and uses suction to draw the mandrel into the back. 

Cons

  • Limited accessibility: Operators are restricted by the long hose attached to the tool making it difficult to use in hard to reach applications. The hose may also cause a trip hazard and potential health and safety problem.
  • Costly: Air compressors are costly to operate and often complex and costly to repair.

Popular Cordless battery tools on the market

POP Proset® PB2500 

PB2500

ProSet® PB2500 - Battery Tool for all rivets upto 4.8mm and Avseal upto 5.0mm The POP Proset®PB2500 battery operated tool brings the latest cordless technologies to blind rivet setting performance for use wherever and whenever it's needed. Install rivets at assembly stations where no air supply is available or along a moving line.

Award winning tool design and high performance Li-Ion battery enhancements provide overall improved efficiency, durability, ergonomics and appearance.

  • Brushless motor – newest technology – promotes long motor life
  • Award winning ergonomic design – compact and lightweight
  • Rivet holding mechanism – rivets won't fall out
  • DeWalt 18V lithium ion 2.0Ah battery - charges in 30 minutes
  • Sets up to 1200 rivets per charge (varies upon rivet material)
  • Total weight: 1.7kgs including battery
  • Rugged molded plastic carry case for durability
  • Compatible with all standard DeWalt XR 18V lithium ion batteries

POP Proset® PB3400

ProSet® PB2500 - Battery Tool for all rivets upto 4.8mm and Avseal upto 5.0mm

PB3400

The POP PB2500 battery operated tool brings the latest cordless technologies to blind rivet setting performance for use wherever and whenever it's needed. Install rivets at assembly stations where no air supply is available or along a moving line.

Award winning tool design and high performance Li-Ion battery enhancements provide overall improved efficiency, durability, ergonomics and appearance.

  • Brushless motor – newest technology – promotes long motor life
  • Award winning ergonomic design – compact and lightweight
  • Rivet holding mechanism – rivets won't fall out
  • DeWalt 18V lithium ion 2.0Ah battery - charges in 30 minutes
  • Sets up to 1200 rivets per charge (varies upon rivet material)
  • Total weight: 1.7kgs including battery
  • Rugged molded plastic carry case for durability
  • Compatible with all standard DeWalt XR 18V lithium ion batteries

Gesipa Accubird®

Accubrid

The versatile cableless Riveting Tool for outdoor and indoor applications.

BATTERY RIVETER 2.4MM - 6.0MM with 14.4v Li-Ion Battery

The Accubird can set standard blind rivets up to 5,0mm in all materials and up to 6.0mm in aluminium only. It will also set Bulb-Tite rivets up to 6.3mm in aluminium.

  • (complies with EU Directive 2006/66/EG effective Sept 2010 - withdrawl of NiCd batteries)
  • High battery autonomy.(Between 240-1500 rivets per charge dependant upon diameter and material).
  • High total stroke of 20mm.

GESIPA Powerbird®

BATTERY RIVETER 4.0MM - 8.0MM with New 14.4v Li-Ion Battery.

Powerbird

The PowerBird can set all types of standard blind rivets upto 8.0mm and structural blind rivets upto 6.4 diameter in all materials.

It can also set upto 6.3mm in all materials and 7.7mm diameter Bulb-Tite in aluminium - (Additional cost for conversion to set Bulb-Tite).

  • (complies with EU Directive 2006/66/EG effective Sept 2010 - withdrawl of NiCd batteries)
  •  The versatile cableless Riveting Tool for outdoor and indoor applications.
  • High battery autonomy.(Between 150-1000 rivets per charge dependent upon diameter and material.
  • High total stroke of 20 mm. 

Popular pneumatic-hydraulic rivet guns on the market

POP Proset® XT 2

The ProSet® XT2 is among the highest force-to-weight ratio blind riveting tools in the industry. Designed specifically to set a wide range of breakstem rivets, this tool delivers 8.9kN pull force with an outstanding force to weight ratio of 7.18kN/kg.

The robust tool rubber base is designed to avoid damage. Latest technology lip seals maximise re-priming intervals. Piston bearing rings ensure maximum robustness and tool life.

This ProSet® XT2 will set 2.4mm, 3.2mm, 4.0mm, 4.8mm & 5.0mm diameter open & closed end rivets in all materials. It will also set up to 4.8mm Avex, up to 4.8mm Avibulb & Avinox, up to 4.8mm Stavex, up to 4.8mm LSR/Bulbex, up to 4.8mm T-Lok and 4.8mm Interlock.

The tool is also capable of Avseal in 4.0mm, 5.0mm, 6.0mm and 7.0mm diameter along with 4.8mm Monobolt with additional nose assembly/nose tips. (please enquire for these items)

Gesipa TAURUS®

AIR RIVETER TOOL 2.4MM - 4.8MM

High level of common parts for low spare parts inventory and easy maintenance.Work Capacity :- Up to 5mm/all materials and 6mm/Alu and Steel.

The TAURUS® tool series features the unique modular system developed by GESIPA®, which keeps the need for stocks of spare parts to a minimum and enables stress-free maintenance, while also providing high setting force in a lightweight tool. Users can therefore customise their TAURUS® riveting tools to suit the requirements of each application. The wide range of variants offers users a great deal of flexibility. Compressed air is used twice in the TAURUS® series – once for installing the rivet and again for evacuating the spent mandrel. The riveting tools are also equipped with a switchable suction unit by means of a lockable slide switch. The compressed-air-driven TAURUS®riveting tools maximise cost-effectiveness while keeping environmental impact to a minimum – a true all-rounder for industry and traders.