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Old 10-06-2017, 08:49 AM   #1
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Buck Riveting tools?

I have pop rivet tools and experience, but buck rivets are new to me. I've watched some videos and can do it, I'm just wanting to get the right tools at the cheapest price. I have a compressor with hoses and attachments. I've seen some information, but seems people are using different tools. What exactly do I need for the gun and bit? Is it available at harbor freight?
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:59 AM   #2
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I have yet to see buck riveting tools at Harbor Freight. For the cheapest price, you could hunt down each part of the kit on eBay, and gamble that the tool hasn't already been run into the ground. I took the middle path and got the buck riveting kit available from Vintage Trailer Supply. The kit has the rivet gun, rivets, rivet cutter, clecos, bucking bar, basically everything you need to get started. I don't believe the gun is super high-end, but mine survived one trailer rennovation just fine, and the price was reasonable (though it may seem high if you were hoping to find something at HF).

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The gun is the highest priced part of the kit correct? I might want to get one of higher quality but yes the rest seems fine.
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Check out aircraft tool supply sites. They have rivet tools and bucking bars.
Bucking rivets is not hard but takes practice and there is some skill involved. If you have a local airport, go out and find an old A&P mechanic and ask him if he will give you a lesson on some scrap. I was taught by an old navy chief who had been working on planes for many years. DO NOT try to learn to buck rivets on your trailer. Practice on some scrap pieces until you get the feel for it.
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