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Unboxing and Review: Huck Makita BV-2200 18 Volt Riveting System Tool


See below for a transcription of this unboxing video.

This is Cliff, the blues rivet man from baysupply.com. We're here today with another unboxing of a cordless tool. Today we're working with the Huck Makita BV-2200. This particular model is the BV-2200-118 K2. It's a two battery 18 volt Makita riveting system tool that Huck has just introduced. Let's unbox it and take a look at what we've got.

Got a durable plastic carrying case here. Makita quality. This is what the kit looks like. This is the tool itself. Here's what it sounds like. I guess I got to put the battery on. That would help. That's the battery. We've got a five amp, 18 volt battery. That's the sound of the stroke. There's a power system in here with a digital adjustment so you can control the pull force. The pull force on the tool can go all the way up to 2200 pounds of pull force. It's got a 1 3/16 inch pullback stroke. 30 millimeters, for you metric lovers. It's an 18 volt system, like I spoke about. Brushless motor. And it weighs about 5.4 pounds with the five amp battery.

It takes the full range of Makita batteries that are available from Makita for their drills, their saws, any of their commercial woodworking and metalworking cordless tools. Huck has adapted it for their lock bolt system. We're going to show you in a few minutes how it works. So this is basically how it sounds. You've got the standard Huck nose assembly adaptation nut. It accepts the full range of Huck nose assemblies that are used on the Huck pneumatic tools. So just take this nut off and we'll mount the nose equipment and show you how it works. You get the Makita quick charger here and you get two five amp batteries with the kit.

And they give you a nice instruction manual as well. And by the way, if anybody needs catalog information, at baysupply.com you can find out everything you need to do in terms of availability, price, and any specifications are available on our website. So let's attach a nose assembly and we're going to show you a bobtail fastener, which is Huck's newest fastener that doesn't have pin tales that break off when you set the lock bolt. We're going to show you what bobtail is like and how it's set with this cordless tool.

So we're back again with the BV-2200-118 K2 Huck Makita cordless tool. This tool is a baby brother to the Makita BV 4500 series that we've already done a video on. This one has lower power and it's primarily designed for the newer series of Huck bobtail lock bolt fasteners.

What's unique about bobtail is that there's no separation of the pin after the collar is swaged onto the bolt. And we're going to show you how that works. I'm going to attach a bobtail nose assembly. You take a look and see that this is very different from a conventional lock bolt nose assembly. You don't have gripper jaws with bobtail. You have a three tooth pulling stud that will grab the little tail of the fastener, swage the collar onto the bolt, and create that joint that you normally would have done with a conventional lock bolt where the collar would be swaged on and the pin would actually break off. So this is a gripping puller, they call it. It's a three tooth puller that has grooves inside that are designed to grab the geometry of the end of the bobtail fastener.

So let me show you how it attaches. So we're going to remove the standard nut that's on the end of the tool. We're going to thread on the puller. It's a one piece puller. I'm going to thread that onto the piston of the tool. Okay. And then we're going to hold the trigger in and put on the outside anvil. And then we're going to attach that with the nut very simply, like that. There's a lot of threads here, so it's going to take a little while to get all the way down until it's seated. Okay. And we're just going to turn the jam nut so that it's locked solidly. Obviously, in production, you'd wrench tighten everything.

I'm going to let go and you see now the protrusion of the puller through the front of the nose assembly. Very different from a conventional lock bolt nose where the jaws would be embedded inside the nose assembly and they would be used to pull the pin and the collar in, swage the fastener, and break out. And then you would dump it into the bottle. This tool can also accept a variety of blind rivet and other lock bolt nose assemblies as well. That's why we have the bottle collector for blind rivets and other Huck fasteners where you do have ejected pin tails. What's nice about bobtail, there is no pin tail waste. There's nothing to fall on the ground and it's a really interesting fastening system.

So I have a couple of plates here and we're going to shove a bobtail bolt through the plates. We're going to put the collar on the end of the bolt like we would any conventional lock bolting situation. But what's different now, is that this pin is never going to break off. We only have to insert the little end of the tail in the gripping jaws, pull the trigger, let go, and we're done. And you have a nice solid swaged collar like you would with a normal Huck bolt system, but no pin tail break-off. No shock, very smooth action, no fatigue to the operator's hand. And with a cordless tool with an adjustable power system like you have on the Makita tool, the 2200 series, it really is the newest era of lock bolt installation. Very popular in solar panel and outside work installation, electrical conduits on buildings, all types of applications where you don't have air and you don't want to be leaving any kind of waste pin tails on the ground. Very popular in alternate energy, solar and wind frame construction, these days. And in maintenance.

Let's do another one. So we have, again, I just want everybody to be able to see this unique bobtail fastener. This is a grade five steel fastener. They're made in aluminum. They're made in steel at a variety of steel strength grades from grade five up to grade eight, and metrics equivalents. So we're going to shove another one through the plate here. We're going to put the collar on here. What's nice about the collars too is that, in this series of collar that we're using today, there's a plastic shield inside the ID, or the internal diameter, of the collar so that if you were working upside down before you install the fastener, the collar won't fall off. So this is one of the features that you can get with a bobtail, and with standard Huck bull collars, is a retaining sleeve inside the collar that'll hold that collar on if you're working upside down. Once again, we'll set it up into the little end of the puller. We'll hold, and pull, and let go. Very quick. Very quick cycle.

Let's do it one more time just so you get a really good idea on this. Again, we'll fill the last hole of our test plate here and we'll put one of the collars on, again with that nice feature that won't allow the collar to fall off, in the end of the puller. And there you go. So this is a great example of the latest era of lock bolt technology, Huck's bobtail system. And they've combined it with the design of the Makita BV-2200 series tool to really give you an integrated fastening system that really affords you the fastest, least amount of waste, and the quickest type of cycling time and operator comfort that you can see in the industry. Very unique. Nobody else in the industry has anything like this.

So thanks again for joining us today as we went through this unboxing of the Huck BV-2200 series cordless Makita lock bolt tool. Again, it does rivets as well as a variety of other hub fasteners, but we really liked the performance that it does on this new Huck bobtail line of lock bolts with the pin tales that don't break off type technology. Definitely more information available on our website, on our full range of tools, as well as information on Huck bobtail. We have a great technical department. Give us a call at 800-718-8818. You can email us at info@baysupply.com. Visit our YouTube channel where we have a lot of instructional videos online. Check us out on Facebook. Give us a like if you enjoy these videos. We plan on doing more. And again, thanks so much for hanging in there with us and let us know if you have any comments and we'll talk to you again. We'll see you next time when we do our next unboxing. Thanks again for listening to my harmonica as well. I got to have a little blues with every time we do one of these videos. See you next time.