"Had a cheap riveter and it was SUCH a pain. This one is solid, easy to clear of used rivets (I've put 100s of rivets through it and never had to take it apart) and has all the heads you'll need for different sized rivets. Only complaint is that you need to have a hand the size of King Kong to get going single handed (a previous reviewer mentioned you really do need to be holding what you are riveting!). TIPS Pick the right length rivets or they won't hold/snap. Keep a small spacer (pliers?) to hand if one doesn't snap off. Release the handles a bit, put the spacer in the gap this creates and re-squeeze. The left over piece of rivet will only release if the handles are COMPLETELY open. If any stick after this then a slight tap with the aforementioned pliers or gently push another rivet in to shove the other out the back.
"Usage fine once you have learnt how to use it. Recommend Carona site for best info, wish I had read it first. You must have the right size of rivet for the job. Too short gives weak joint. Too long gives poor looking joint and needs another squeeze to snap off. You do need to somehow squeeze the work together before working the gun. Nobody explains how it works, just what to do. Took to bits to see. Vertical cylinder which is moved up and down by the lever. Contains strong spring that pushes two wedge shaped jaws giving firm grip on rivet stem. Jaws are pushed apart by V-shaped back of nozzle as lever is released, allowing stem to be inserted. Teeth on jaws seem to be angled to cut in on pull but slide off on release. Knocking the stem down to drill the wrong ones out is a pig! Helpful?"
"I have never used a Riveter before, so I cannot compare with others. I used it to secure iron handles onto a heavy duty iron gate. 4.8mm rivets fitted the existing holes nicely. It took some effort to squueze the handles together but after all these were biggish rivets so its got to be hard to compress them. I don't think a cheaper tool would have taken the force (I have read reviews on standard duty riveters and they can just break with the force). I am VERY pleased indeed with the finished job, the handles are secured. I was going to buy a Draper Expert riveter (elsewhere) but I did not want to wait fro delivery. With Screwfix I just ordered online for collection the same day (depot only 15mins away), that is a HUGE advantage. It is probably of equal quality to the Draper Expert tool, made from same metals (molybdenum and Chrome). I can see this tool lasting me a life time and I can also see I will be using it more often than I had thought - Riveting is so brilliant!"
"Hand riveters are notoriously rubbish, but this one is suprisingly good! It's comfortable to use, and consistently pops rivets in one pass. More expensive products are often made of pressed steel, which eventually fails as the holes round the hinged section of the tool elongate. - As this is a cast product, I doubt this will happen."
"Bought this today - I'd have got the Stanley one if it'd been in stock. I'm not exactly weak, but it took both hands and some swearing to set a 4.8 ALU rivet ! It managed a 4mm SS rivet though, which is surprising in hindsight.
Should be fine for 4mm and smaller ALU rivets. Just not enough leverage in this tool. I cannot comment on reliability, obviously."
"The gun itself works fine I guess - but after every use the rivet pin is retained in the jaws and can only be removed by unscrewing the whole piston assembly until everything falls out, then I have to re-assemble the jaws, spring, splitter and screw cap.