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The technical information and product offerings in the world of rivet nuts is simply too vast to organize into an online store with a checkout cart, so we encourage you to review this webpage for reference information, and then email or call us for more specific information to your application, a quote or place an order. During normal weekday business hours, we promptly answer the phone and reply to email.
What is a Rivet Nut? A Rivet Nut is a one-piece tubular RIVET that includes internal threads that act as a NUT. The rivet nut is installed blindly: it installs from the front side and no access to the backside is needed. The rivet nut install tool pulls the rivet nut internal threads up to create a secure bulge on the backside of the parent application. Rivet nuts, or threaded nut inserts, are known for installation efficiency, as the installation takes seconds to occur, and no damage nor finishing work is required on the rivet nut or parent application. Now installed, the rivet nuts lend to the parent application REUSABLE high-quality internal threads that allows secondary materials to be attached via a male bolt.
Rivet nuts come in many shapes and sizes: open-end, closed-end (good for water control), round body, hex body, thick head, thin head, etc. Rivet nuts are great in a variety of applications such as tubes, panels, enclosures, thin sheet metal, thin plastic composites, and the list goes on!
Rivet Nut USA (an operating division of Cardinal Components, Inc.) is your Preferred Authorized Bollhoff Distributor of the Bollhoff RIVNUT®. Bollhoff RIVNUT® fasteners are the ORIGINAL trademarked version of rivet nuts, and via acquisition, Bollhoff acquired the RIVNUT® trademark and manufacturing facility that B.F. Goodrich originally invented in 1936. To provide our customers with the best availability and variety, we also offer non-Bollhoff rivet nuts & fasteners. Rivet nuts also go by other names such as Nutsert®, blind internally threaded insert, or blind nut plate.
Rivet nuts generally provide stronger mechanical performance and benefits over other fastening alternatives, including avoiding the need to directly tap your parent application: if a rivet nut “fails” or “spins”, then it’s as easy as using a smaller drill bit to drill it out (the rivet nut will fall apart in two pieces) and then the user can simply re-install a new rivet nut in the same hole (no need to “increase” hole size either, as some other fasteners require during retrofits…amazing!). Rivet nuts are the perfect replacement for weld nuts that require welding equipment, nut-and-bolt systems that are difficult put together, self-tapping screws that damage the parent material, or pressed inserts that have weaker spin-out and pull-out performance.
Rivet nuts require no finishing work and solve even the most challenging fastening problems. Internally threaded rivet nuts are typically available in aluminum, steel, and stainless steel (sometimes, brass). Round body rivet nuts can offer a special feature of a fully cold-formed, externally knurled body for increased spin-out resistance, or an external “key” feature under the head that locks into its “keyhole” for even better spin-out resistance, or look to a hex body rivet nut for superior best-of-class spin-out resistance. RIVNUTS® generally have a tapered shank for automation and hole insertion ease. These fasteners can be installed into dissimilar materials and certain rivet nuts offer internal rolled threads for increased thread strength. When needing to mate a secondary attachment to the parent application, the rivet nut is the go-to fastener for manufacturers in all industries, including automotive, appliance, food equipment, and aerospace. The rivet nut offers productivity gains over nearly every other fastener alternative (weld nuts, nut and bolts, press in inserts, etc.).
Productivity gains are facilitated by the ease of installation, which occurs via the selection of installation tools that Rivet Nut USA has tested and has AVAILABLE NOW for easy-to-use and reliable rivet nut installation. we offer pull-to-pressure, pull-to-stroke, and battery-operated pull-to-pressure pneumatic nut insert tools (such as our 4090, B4090 & 6703) and manual hand tools (C845, C722, C6000 & 140-2000). Not what you’re looking for? Call us or check out our Install Tools page for more information.
To learn more about RIVNUT® (rivet nut) fasteners, please refer to a sampling of options below! Should you want to explore rivet nuts based on part numbers, we have a fantastic reference guide. We are the largest in-stock specialty fastener supplier in the United States and Canada, to name a few. We can explore your exact rivet nut fastener needs; please give us a call today at (800) 236-3200, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIVNUT® Flat Head Round Body Open End
The Flat Head Round Body has been designed for use in round drilled or punched holes. This threaded rivet nut features a thick wall construction for high push-out loads and riveting strength. The RIVNUT® is designed for use with class 5 mating hardware (inch) or class 8.8 mating hardware (metric). Rivet nut material choices include aluminum, steel with zinc plating & stainless steel.Click to Open a Catalog Excerpt - Inch
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RIVNUT® Thin Wall
The TW (thin wall) line is designed as a lower cost alternative for applications that don’t require the superior performance of heavy-duty traditional rivet nuts, but still offer solid performance that typically will suit most applications (automotive makers frequently use thin wall rivet nuts). These thin wall nut inserts offer a wider material grip range, which is a great inventory reduction feature if the application has varied material thicknesses. These thin wall fasteners can be installed with our tooling options.
Our thin wall offerings are quite wide, but to list a few standard offerings: flat head with a round body (most common), thin head with a round body (for a near flush front-side finish), and a flat head with a half hex body (for superior “torque & spin out” protection). Rivet nut material choices include aluminum, steel with zinc plating & stainless steel. Should you not see EXACTLY what you were hoping for, then please give us an email or a call, and we can provide more information as the world of thin wall rivet nuts is too diverse to list every option on the website.Click to Open a Catalog Excerpt - Flat Head Round Body (Inch & Metric)
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RIVNUT® Flat Head Round Body Closed End
The Flat Head Round Body Closed End has been designed for use in round drilled or punched holes. It features a thick wall construction for riveting strength and a closed end to seal the threads, which is helpful in outdoor or harsher environmental applications. The RIVNUT® is designed for use with class 5 hardware. Rivet nut material choices include aluminum, steel with zinc plating & stainless steel.Click to Open a Catalog Excerpt - Inch (Metric also available, Contact Us )
RIVNUT® Countersunk Head Round Body
The Countersunk Head Round Body has been designed for use in round drilled or punched holes. This threaded rivet nut features a thick wall construction for high push out and riveting strength. It also includes a 100º countersunk head for applications requiring a completely flush installation. Rivet nut material choices include aluminum, steel with zinc plating & stainless steel.Click to Open a Catalog Excerpt - Inch (Metric also available, Contact Us
RIVSTUD® - Rivet Nut with Pre-Installed Male Threaded Stud
- A female rivet nut with the male threaded bolt already installed (pre-installed) into the rivet nut. Slide the secondary attachment over the male bolt and finally, secure the secondary attachment with a female hex nut (or similar).
- A rivet nut combined with a pre-installed threaded stud is great for vertical or hanging applications.
- (e.g., A single installer can use RIVSTUDS® to reduce hassle of aligning and installing a wall-mounted air conditioner unit on a city bus. The RIVSTUDS® make it much easier to lift, align and push on a heavy AC unit. Once the AC unit has been pushed onto the four RIVSTUDS®, it’s as easy as tightening the hex nuts onto the RIVSTUDS® and the AC unit is securely installed.)
- Installed with the same tooling as a regular rivet nut (special headset required; always in stock!).
- Replace a clinch stud or weld stud with a rivet nut stud (Bollhoff’s brand name is the RIVSTUD®!).
Quality Blind Rivet Nut Fasteners that are Easy to Install
Make sure you have the right tool for the right job by calling Rivet Nut USA today. We help you find blind fasteners and rivet nut installation tools that meet your project needs. Based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, we ship nationwide.