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Old 08-23-2019, 05:48 PM   #1
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Buck rivet gun question.

Ok I have been looking at the vintage trailer supply buck rivet kit and questioning if the 149.99 air hammer is any better than letís say the Eastwood rivet hammer for 40% less. Just trying to save where I can as I already have a ton of Clecos so I really donít need the ones in the kit.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:59 PM   #2
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First off there is a huge difference between an air hammer and a rivet gun. An air hammer will not be as controllable and the stroke is different between the two. An air hammer will just basically beat the *h*t out out of the Rivets while the rivet gun will upset the rivet shank into a nice buck tail
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The Eastwood one is listed as a pneumatic rivet tool with variable trigger
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Old 08-24-2019, 03:35 AM   #4
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I cannot comment on the Eastwood tool, however I purchased the VTS kit and it worked very well for me. When I knew I was done buck riveting, I sold the rivet gun on AirForums, along with the remaining rivets—the tool was like new and I think the buyer and seller were both happy. I actually found the process of buck riveting to be almost “fun” and quite satisfying. I did keep all of the Clecos as they are very useful for putting things back together inside the trailer if you’re doing a rebuild.
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Another rivet tool useful hint: use the bucking part that looks like a cup on the end to pop rivet heads off rather than drilling them out. Lots faster.
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