Tired of bent mandrels, stuck beads, or worse yet, chipped beads? Do I have the solution for you – a riveting tool. This was not my idea, and when I first heard it, I had no idea what a riveting tool was, nor did I know how to use it.
Here is a very inexpensive tool that I bought at Harbor Freight. It is actually called a Hand Riveter set; it came with different size nosepieces as well as a variety of rivets also. I have never changed the nosepiece to a different size.
To use the tool, I first remove as much of the bead release as possible. Then I insert the mandrel into the hole in the nosepiece. Sometimes I use a tiny o-ring to cushion the bead (if the bead is really stuck!)
I then squeeze – gently. Very, very gently! The riveting tool holds the mandrel in place and pushes the bead forward.
Usually this is enough to loosen the bead enough to pull it off. If not, I just pull the mandrel to move the bead against the nosepiece again and repeat.
This method sure is easier then holding the mandrel with a bench vise and twisting the bead. I have had limited success with that method anyway.