Solid Rivets

Solid Rivets

Prairie Rivet manufactures a variety of solid rivets, including stainless steel, copper, aluminum, brass, monel, and steel rivets.  Solid rivets have a history of being among the simplest and most reliable types of permanent fasteners.  They are commonly used in aircraft and structural appliances like bridges and buildings where reliability and safety are essential.

How solid rivets work: This type of rivet consists of a solid shaft, called the shank, with a head on one end. Once installed, the headless end of a solid rivet is manipulated and compacted with a hammer, rivet gun or other form of compression to hold it in place.  Both ends of this type of fastener must be accessible for installation.  Pre-punched or drilled holes, on the part(s) or piece of equipment the rivet is being applied to, are required for use on most solid rivet applications.  During manufacturing, virtually no scrap is produced in the process.

Solid rivet head styles

Prairie Rivet manufactures solid rivets with a variety of head styles: 

  • Oval Head Rivets
  • Truss Head Rivets
  • Flat Head Rivets

Common materials used for solid rivets:

  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Monel

Why use solid rivets?

  • High-speed assembly
  • Ease of joint inspection
  • Easily adapted for automation
  • High shear strength values
  • Inexpensive alternative to threaded fasteners
  • Little to no scrap is produced during the manufacturing process
  • Permanent fastener that cannot be removed unless one of the ends of the rivet is sheared off

How to measure solid rivets

Wire Range: .084 to .242

Solid rivet charts

solid rivet technical drawing

Head Style

Body Diameter


Head Diameter


Head Thickness (+/-.005)


Max Length




Oval.084 - .089.144 - .150.0231.010
Truss.084 - .089.155 - .160.0231.012
Truss.094 - .099.182 - .192.0291.012
Oval.118 - .123.213 - .223.0342.015
Truss.118 - .123.277 - .284.0342.015
Oval.140 - .145.229 - .239.0422.020
Truss.140 - .145.307 - .317.0422.020
Oval.180 - .185.307 - .317.0622.025
Truss.180 - .185.370 - 380.0622.025
Oval.242 - .247.432 - .442.0982.030
Truss.242 - .247.495 - .505.0982.030

As a full-service rivet company, we offer rivets in a range of sizes and materials to meet the needs of your fastener application. 

Ready to start your next rivet order?  Order the solid rivets you need, request a quote, or contact us to talk with a member of our Prairie Rivet team to learn more.  We will be happy to assist you.

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