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Part# 12-00968
MFR Model# 01


This rivet nut tool is an inexpensive alternative to industrial rivet nut setters. Fast and easy to use for the builder who needs to make sturdy installations requiring a rivet nut fastener. It has unlimited uses. Its design enables the rivet nuts to be seated tighter than with conventional tools. This fastening tool has unique uses!

The rivet nut possesses far greater load bearing capability than a regular sheet metal screw! Proudly made in U.S.A. Use it instead of a sheet metal screw. Its compact design takes up less room in your tool box. For use with aluminum or steel rivet nuts.

Kit includes Rivet Nut Tool, Stabilizing Rod, and Qty. 1 each, 6-32, 8-32 and 10-32 rivet nut.



Hard to find tool, works great, highly recommend.

Albert B
October 30, 2020

Sets rivnuts quickly. Be sure to lube the sliding surfaces and the sliding lifting screw for longer tool life.

Michael D
September 23, 2020

Gave it a 5 for the value. Ive set at least 50 Rivet Nuts, 6, 8 and 10-32 with no problems. Just use common sense and keep the tool from twisting with a crescent wrench or whatever and lightly lube the slide and under the washer.

Dwayne N
August 19, 2020

The price was right. For installing a couple of rivet nuts this did the job.

June 4, 2020

My first try at this tool. I installed 32 riv-nuts in 48 minutes. To get ready I greased all the surfaces that would slide against each other. Then I started in installing the 8-32 riv-nuts. I used a 12 volt drill motor with a 7/16 socket bit to turn the screw. Really slick! The only complaint I have is that the stabilizing rod will fall out of the tool when I was putting new riv-nuts on the tool. I got tired of picking it up off the floor (which was a bit of a pain) so I put a little electrical tape on each end of the rod to keep it from falling out. I can see, though if one is not paying close attention it is probably possible to over tighten the riv-nut and break the tool or the bolt that is in the riv-nut. All in all a great value and a must have tool for installing riv-nuts

Jabiru N
January 16, 2020

Great tool! Ive done 50+ rivnuts with mine mostly in 1/4 -20. The top slide where the washer rides has started to deform so I wish it was made of steel but I dont need to do many more inserts. I use a cordless drill with a 7/16 nut driver for speed. On the con side the little bracing rod sometimes needs some help holding the tool steady.

November 12, 2019

Very compact and simple to use. The top washer was too soft and collapsed from the pressure so I replaced it with a steel washer which solved the problem. It worked great for me as I only had a couple of 10-32 rivet nuts to install.

June 15, 2019

Great little tool. Simple to use. I needed to install some metric Riv-nuts and the metric version was a week away, so purchased a couple metric allen head bolts and worked a charm. Easier to use than the other types of Riv-nut tools and takes up little space. All my Riv-nuts and the tool are now in a small sealed divided case and ready to go in moments. Will still buy the metric unit, incase someone needs to borrow one.

Glenn M
March 11, 2019

This rivnut tool is cheap, compact, and is no drama to use. Ive tried it on 10-32 rivnuts in both aluminum and steel, and they both work flawlessly. The body of the tool seems to be made of zincalloy (it might just be die cast aluminum, its hard to tell), so Im hesitant to try it on 1/4-20 rivnuts, but the tool is sized to accept that size stud and would probably work just fine on aluminum rivnuts. This is the simplest and most basic form of rivnut tool Im comfortable using. The kinds that pull up on the rivnut by turning a bolt across the threads are hit or miss, especially on the aluminum rivnuts, since they can strip out the threads every once in a while. And the tool that looks like a normal rivet gun has a tendency to break the mandrel on smaller diameter threads with steel rivnuts if youre not careful, since youre applying so much pressure to the handles sometimes you can tweak the whole tool over too far. I like that the bolts are standard and this tool does not require any special mandrels. The only custom parts required to add a new size of fastener is a new bushing to fit the smaller fastener into the 1/4 hole in the body (no bushing required for 1/4-20 or M6). These bushings are easy to make on a lathe, and could probably be made by hand using hardware store spacers or bronzoil bushings if necessary. This makes it relatively easy to keep an assortment of random sizes around for different projects and measurement systems. The main drive bolt that actuates the slide is a standard grade 2 1/4-20, although if you need to replace that chances are youve stripped the threads on the slide already. The only feature I would add is a steel spacer plate up top to replace the larger of the two washers. Ive seen this plate in use on other versions of the same tool, and it consists of a hole the diameter of the bolt youre using (It is dependent on that diameter, so I understand why its not included), and holds the correct spacing between the bolt head and the main body of the tool so the bolt doesnt try to cam over on the sliding block and gall it up too badly. This kind of plate is simple to make for almost anyone who might need a rivnut tool anyway, and grease on all the sliding surfaces and threads should suffice otherwise.

Aaron O
December 31, 2018

Very handy tool for tight places, very satisfied

Henry B
September 23, 2018


Q: I am interested in a 1/4-20 rivnut insert to use to attach a trolling motor to an aluminum deck with no access to the underside of the deck. Does this tool handle the 1/4-20 standard coarse thread rivnut? Thanks

These units we stock do not come with a 1/4-20 stud, however we could special order it from the supplier. Please contact sales at 877-477-7823 to get pricing and lead time of this special order.

Q: What is the largest size bolt that will fit into this Homebuilders Rivnut tool?

The largest is a 3/16" diameter, which is about 4.8 MM.

Q: Will this homebuilders rivet nut tool work for installing nutserts?

Per our tech: Nutserts are installed like Rivnuts. This tool should work just fine on nutserts.

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