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News   March 22, 2018   by Danielle Oswald

Milwaukee releases first cordless rivet tool 

Milwaukee has announced the release of its new M12 Rivet Tool. It is the first cordless version of its kind designed for the professional trades.  

The tool uses advanced M12 technology which allows two times faster tool rivets and requires 65 per cent less muscle effort than regular hand tools, Milwaukee said. It also eliminates the maintenance of pneumatic hoses and compressors.  

“When you take the time to consider the sheer amount of rivets needed during pre-fab, assembly, and field install work it’s hard to believe that many users still rely upon hand tools that strain the wrists. Moreover, users who aren’t using hand tools are turning to pneumatic and have to deal with the ongoing maintenance of hoses and compressors,” said Eric Rusch, senior product manager for Milwaukee Tool. “The technology behind the M12 system allows us to create viable replacements for outdated solutions like these that have been used for years in certain applications, without compromising on power or functionality. In our research, we knew that we could utilize this technology to disrupt riveting applications by engineering one tool, designed specifically for the needs of the trades. As part of the M12 system, this tool also has the advantage of being completely compatible with the wide range of sub-compact tools available on this platform.” 

The M12 is the first ever rivet tool to use a scotch yolk mechanism compared to the average ball and screw used in other rivet tools. The scotch yolk mechanism is smaller, which allows the tool to deliver a large amount of force in a more compact package. 

The tool is powered by M12 RedLithium batteries, that provide more work per charge and more work over pack life. The smaller capacity of the tool allows it to pop over (250) 4.8mm (3/16”) stainless steel rivets. The tool can be used on a range of materials including aluminum, steel, and stainless steel rivets. It uses RedLink Intelligence software for full-circle communication between the tool, battery, and charger to protect them from overloading, overheating, and over-discharging. 

The M12 rivet also features a retention nose piece to keep the rivet in place during applications and on-tool nose piece storage.  

The new M12 Rivet Tool will be available In April 2018.  

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