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Old 05-31-2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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3x rivet gun recommendations?

anyone done with repairs and have a rivet gun they want to part with?

if not, do you folks think this is what i need?
Aircraft Tool Supply | ATS ECONOMY RIVET GUN | 2602A

or is there something cheaper of similar quality for bucking?

also, i'm repairing a spartan manor. are the rivets at VTS what i need?
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:15 PM   #2
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I think I would just buy the whole kit from Steve at VTS. Yes, it is a good price on the gun from ATS, but you will need all the other stuff that Steve puts in the kit. Might be a little cheaper from ATS for all the extras, but not much and if you need rivets too, I'd get it all from VTS.
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Old 05-31-2010, 07:52 PM   #3
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that kit is out of stock at VTS.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:12 PM   #4
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Avery Tool company has good prices on Aircraft tools and are very nice to deal with.
Averytools.com Sport Aviation Tools
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:13 PM   #5
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what about this from aircraft-tool...ATS:

2602A ATS ECONOMY RIVET GUN $99.95
131 CLECO PLIERS $4.95
25CL-5/32 CLECO PACK, 25 PIECES 5/32" $10.50
MS20470-5-4 UNIVERSAL HEAD ALUMINUM RIVETS (MS20470AD-5-4) $8.95
MS20470-5-8 UNIVERSAL HEAD ALUMINUM RIVETS (MS20470AD-5-8) $8.95
142 BUCKING BAR $15.95
7922R SWIVEL CONNECTOR/REGULATOR $16.95
130 RIVET CUTTER $16.95

Subtotal $183.15

the rivets at VTS are described as being thicker for previously riveted holes...anyone think there's much of a difference b/t those and the ones at ATS?
is there a specific rivet set?
wonder if the 5/32" rivets are what i need for the spartan
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:21 PM   #6
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Looks good to me. Might want to pick up a pack of 1/8 in clecos in case you ever need to do any work on interior panels.
Can't advise on rivet size. I found handfuls of rivets in the c-channel when I removed the lower interior skins in the rear of my Trade Wind. Must have had a pocket full and the bell rang for lunch. I did not have to buy any, when I needed a dozed to replace some in the end cap. I have a friend who is an airplane mechanic and I used his tools. I have done a lot of work on planes in the past.
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If Steve at VTS has the rivets in stock, I'd sure order from him. The head on those rivets looks almost exactly like the originals. Much better appearance to me than what you'll find elsewhere.

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Old 06-01-2010, 12:09 AM   #8
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Id never pay 99bucks for that.Check with Harbor Freight. ITS a Neumatic Hammer ,They use em in muffler shops all the time to cut off old exhaust systems. Ive had one in my toolbox for yrs. Although it will not come with rivet tools and bucking bars you can buy those elsewhere. Just a thought.
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a rivet gun is not a hammer. The stroke is totally different. Do not be confused by that fact. To buck rivets you need a 3x rivet gun. To break bolts and cut exhaust systems you use a hammer. You might want to try the Yard...
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a rivet gun is not a hammer. The stroke is totally different. Do not be confused by that fact. To buck rivets you need a 3x rivet gun...
"Need" ? Well, sort of. In "pinch" situation, I've bucked dozens of rivets (maybe hundreds?) just fine with a pneumatic hammer. Not recommended, but with a little finesse and a rivet set and the right bucking bar for your rivet location, you can do this o.k. Much easier with a "real" rivet gun, that's for sure.

And as someone said, get some Clecos in the proper size and grip length and a pair of Cleco pliers ... if you do more than a few rivets, they're almost a necessity.
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I am fairly sure that the riveting in question is on the skin. I personally would not be looking to finesse the wrong tool on the skin to make it work. One slip and saving the $80 might just be thrown out the window. Do as you please though.
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Well if the whole package is only 183 bucks,Go for it. I help rebuild a couple of semi-trailers with 1000's of rivets, so I guess I dont know nuffin. The principle is the same and one slip can spell disaster .Those panels are very expensive also.
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Will a small compressor, 1 or 2 gallon, have the capacity to drive those tools?
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