I need to put tie downs in my trailer floor and it worked just like designed. Case makes it easy to keep everything together.
Handy to have around. Once you get one, I will think you will find more uses for it than you think
Review of: FOREVTL 16" Rivnut tool with (13) Metric & SAE Mandrels in a plastic case
I think this is a great kit for a hobbyist/DIYer for use around the home or garage. It comes with (13) mandrels, (7 Metric and 6 SAE) along with a matching assortment (150 pieces) of rivnuts to get you started.
Overall length is 16" and that extra leverage should help to get a 'good crush' - to make sure the rivnut is properly seated. They also include a small wrench which makes swapping out the mandrels easy and quick.
The mandrels are neatly stored in little plastic containers in the lid, but being this is a set of 13, there is one mandrel that does not have its own slot. Also, storage is lacking for the 150 rivnets that are included, you will probably need to get an organizer of some sort
All in all, I think this is a great value and would recommend it
Works Well - Good Idea - Not For SECURE Fastening
As for the tool itself, this thing works well. The instructions are a bit unclear and perhaps my review will help if you have the same question that I had. After you zero out the tool with the arms closed, then you open the arms up until the white bar matches your desired setting... THEN, screw the nutstud onto the mandrel until it bottoms out... Those instructions are not in the user manual at all.
One question that I have not been able to find the answer to is this... Where do you find the desired "number" to use when you are working with the tool? Again, the closed setting is zero (0) but when you are going to crimp a stud, you need to set the tool to the higher number but ... what is that number?
As for the nutrivet and how much you should trust it to hold, well, I would not use it if it were something other than Hobby status. As a test, I put the rivet in a hold on a scrap piece of steel. I then put a large nut as a spacer over the rivet and placed it in a vice. It took VERY LITTLE effort to unseat the rivet, very little. So again, it will hold but don't use it in place of a proper nut/bolt/washer/lock... I sure wouldn't.
Well made but needs organized
Tool itself seems to be really well made. All the mandrels look to be well made themselves and came pre-oiled. The only downside I see with this kit is it needs organized storage for the rivnuts.