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Rivet Solution

A rivet is a mechanical fastener that provides strong, vibration resistant, permanent joints. Unlike threaded fasteners that require access to both sides of the workpiece when securing with a nut, most rivets can be installed from one side of the application. Lawson offers many styles, materials and tools for joining steel, aluminum and copper in your applications; including areas subject to corrosion, learn more.


Types of Rivets

Pull Rivets

Pull Rivet is a general term covering any type of rivet that is installed pulling on the mandrel and deforming the rivet body. Also commonly called “pop” or “blind” rivets.
Pull Rivets can be broken down into two general categories:


Non-Structural Rivet

Any type of Pull Rivet whose mandrel breaks outside of the shear plane of the mating materials.


Structural Rivet

Any type of Pull Rivet whose mandrel breaks within the shear plane of the material being fastened. These rivets have increased shear and tensile strength when compared to non-structural rivets

Solid Rivets

Solid or “Bucking” Rivets typically require two people to perform the installation. One person uses an air hammer to deform the body of the rivet while the other operator uses a metal bar (bucking bar) pressed against the head of the rivet to hold it in place.

Drive Rivets

Drive Rivets are easy to install –insert into hole and drive the pin flush with the top of the rivet with a hammer. The pin forces the prongs of the rivet to flare out within or below the fastened materials, creating a strong grip.


Lockbolts are a structural fastening system consisting of a separate pin and collar which are mechanically swage locked during installation. This fastening system offers increased vibration resistance since it is not a friction controlled joint.


Head Styles

Large Flange Rivet

Large Flange

Larger bearing surface is ideal for soft/brittle materials



The material that a rivet is made from can be one single material or two different materials. When the material is listed it is always described listing the rivet body first and the mandrel second; if only one material is listed both components are made of the same material.


High-strength – use when joining steel parts


Lightweight – use with aluminum and in areas susceptible to rust and corrosion

Stainless Steel

Very high strength – use when fastening stainless steel or steel materials. Resists corrosion and rust


Use when joining copper materials or where electrical conductivity is needed


Choose the right rivet solution for your application

Closed-End Rivets

  • Closed end design prevents liquids, moisture, air and other contaminants from entering the riveted hole and/or the rivet itself

Drive Rivets

  • Low profile head – Reduces snags
  • Wide bearing surface – Greater holding power
  • Ideal for fleet trailer applications

Rear-Flange Rivets

  • Provides a rear flange on the back side of the application – perfect
  • for thin sheet metals or plastics where rivet pull through is of concern
  • Rear flange helps prevent material deformation

Tri-Fold Rivets

  • Body splits out into three legs at the backside
  • The extended bearing surface spreads the load over a wider area to prevent pullout
  • Ideal for use in plastic, brittle, or low strength materials

Multi-Grip Rivets

  • Accommodates wide variations in material thickness
  • One rivet can be used to replace several standard grip rivets reducing inventory
  • Excellent hole fill capability compensates for irregular holes

Solid Rivets

  • Offers the highest shear strength of any rivet
  • Has excellent clamp up force
  • Available in both Soft and Hardened Aluminum

Multi-Grip Lockbolts

  • Grip range covers a wide range of material thickness to suit a wide variety of applications
  • Consistent high clamp force, shear, and tensile strength
  • Excellent vibration resistance

Structural Rivets

  • Good sheet take-up performance for large gap closing capability
  • Multi-grip capability accommodates wide variations in material thickness
  • High shear and tensile strength requires fewer rivets per assembly

Two types:

A. Internal Locking

Can be set with any standard nosepiece

B. External Locking

Can only be installed with a special nosepiece

Also known as Monobolts®


Rivet Tools

Cordless Tools

  • Ideal for off-line and outdoor riveting applications where compressed air is not available
  • Provide a safer work environment by eliminating trip hazards

Pneudraulic Tools

  • Ideal for medium to high volume use
  • Quicker than manually operated tools

Light Duty

  • Economical line of tools for operators who want fast installation


  • Premium line of tools for high-volume installers of rivets