Interlocking Rivets for Agricultural Excellence
Blind rivets are popular because people can use them for a diverse assortment of industries. Among these fields is agriculture, a practice that now requires many different machines of varying complexity. Of course, that complexity means you often need to use more than just blind rivets. You will also need other kinds of fasteners capable of holding the different parts of heavy machinery together. Here is some advice on what to use for agricultural/farming equipment.
The Importance of Strength
Before we begin: not all rivets are created equal, and using the wrong one can fail to resolve a problem or even make it worse. That is why you must look carefully at specifications for both the machine in question and the rivets: so you can find the perfect match for your agricultural machine. One such element you must consider is strength — specifically, the two kinds of strength associated with each rivet.
The first kind of strength is shear strength, or how much force a material can resist before both parts of the joint separate and slide. The second is tensile strength, or how much stress a material can withstand before breaking or otherwise failing. Agricultural equipment can be massive, so they do require much stronger rivets than usual. Bear this in mind.
Get a Boost from Structural Rivets
Structural rivets, more commonly known as an interlock rivet, are a distinct type of blind rivet. It operates on the same basic principle: one half is a rivet body that gets fitted into and deformed within the hole, and the other is a “mandrel” that gets torn off from the rest during the deforming process. What makes it different from other blind rivets is that the body has an extra protrusion, giving it a greater length.
More importantly, that protrusion serves as an internal locking mechanism. This means that structural blind rivets have extra tensile and shear strength, which makes them excellent for use with farming machinery. The mechanism also provides extra security, guaranteeing that the materials being riveted together will stay that way.
Consider the Huck BobTail
One specific manufacturer that could be of great help in this area is Huck, and one product from them that is designed for heavy-duty equipment is the Huck BobTail. This lockbolt has a distinct design that grants it several times the strength (both kinds) of your average nut-and-bolt fastener, making it ideal for meeting the peculiar needs of farming equipment. The BobTail is also easy to install, and you can secure it in less than two seconds. Note that removal requires drilling through the center, which is not as simple as an installation because these parts are designed to fasten permanently.
On top of all that, Huck power bolts and collars are extra-resistant to vibration. Such a quality may not seem obviously beneficial, but the constant moving and rumbling of agricultural machines while in operation can gradually wear down and shake off its rivets. This built-in resistance prevents unwanted rotation and removal, so anything you want fastened has a better chance of staying fastened.
At BlindRivetSupply.com, you can find many varieties of fasteners for the many different kinds of agricultural equipment, from tractors to combines to balers and more. These parts can even be used for silos and other facilities on the farm. We offer all of these products for the same reason we offer this advice: to enable you to make the most out of your machinery.