New Howmet battery powered installation tools 22 December 2022

Two new battery powered installation tools – the BV13 and BV17 – for use with large diameter lockbolts and blind rivets, have been launched by Howmet Fastening Systems.

Developed in conjunction with Makita®, the two products have been specifically designed by Howmet Fastening Systems for use in the installation of larger Huck® lockbolts up to 14mm (BV17) and structural blind rivets up to 12.7mm (BV13). Like the Huck® Range Force™ BV4500, the two new tools also feature an electronically adjustable pulling force for the installation of pintail-less lockbolts.

The tools are aimed at a variety of industrial sectors, including agriculture, rail, renewable energy, production line fastener installation, in-field repair, as well as in-situ machinery assembly, and both the BV17 and BV13 hold sufficient power to deliver up to 1,000 installations per charge.

Joël Melquiot, Huck® product manager at Howmet Fastening Systems, said: “The new BV13 and BV17 tools are available to solve issues our customers were facing around the need to install large diameter fasteners in locations unsuitable for bulky equipment, or trailing hoses and cables.” 

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