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Old 02-03-2008, 01:46 PM   #1
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Rivet guns ... looking to buy

Looking to buy a new rivet gun. Has anybody try-ed the below guns, one is listed on e-bay as new, also looking at ATS economy gun model 2602a.

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Brand New 3X Rivet Gun For Aviation Repair & Kits! - eBay (item 130187585014 end time Feb-03-08 12:16:05 PST)

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Old 02-03-2008, 03:32 PM   #2
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I bought the earlier model 2602 direct from ATS. It worked great. I see they have updated the design and the new one is lighter. I guess it would be as good as the older model.
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:33 PM   #3
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Either gun is more then adequate. Pick the one with the lowest price including the shipping, If you don't already have the rivet set you will need one of those to,so it might be cheaper to get the gun and rivet set at the same time from Aircraft Spruce and save a little in shipping
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:52 PM   #4
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Either gun is more then adequate. Pick the one with the lowest price including the shipping, If you don't already have the rivet set you will need one of those to,so it might be cheaper to get the gun and rivet set at the same time from Aircraft Spruce and save a little in shipping
Will go with the ATS 2602a model since they are a Michigan based company, need to support our Michigan Company's.........thanks Aerowood and Mark
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Old 02-04-2008, 07:34 PM   #5
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What type of rivet gun and rivet set in video?

What type of rivet gun and rivet set shown in the video?

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Old 02-05-2008, 08:34 AM   #6
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Hard to say what kind of rivet gun he's using in the first half, but he is using a flush rivet set installing MS20426 countersunk or flush style rivets in either counterunk or dimpled holes. Hard to say what size and alloy he's shooting. They second half he is using a hand squeeze with flush sets. Rivets can't be over 1/8 diameter because you have to be a gorilla to hand squeeze any thing over a 1/8 rivet. Looks like he is working on a horizontal stab.
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:41 AM   #7
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There is a site I buy from that an aircraft worker friend told me about that sells new and used tools. They have a good catalog and web site. I have bought some used stuff and some new. There drill bits are good. It is at Welcome To The Yard Happy riveting
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:56 AM   #8
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OK...I watched the You Tube video. Interesting but I could not see the bucking bar part in action. I did like the little hand tool which I am guessing is called a Hand Squeeze.

Aerowood seems to be the Rivet Master in more ways then one on this subject so a few questions if you can.

1. I have an older air hammer gun. Brand name is Rodac and made in the USA which also has an air volume dial. Kind of long on the top part of the body also which makes it feel heavier then it looks. It has a 3/8" shank. Can I use this gun with the correct shank?

2. Is the shank called a rivet shank or something else? I way surprised by the large head size of the one in the video. What size and name?

3. Hand squeeze best size?

I will print Aerowoods suggestions on rivet sizes etc. but am still trying to avoid the new air gun purchase. Me scottish is comin out!
Thanks for all the great info.
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:27 PM   #9
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OK...I watched the You Tube video. Interesting but I could not see the bucking bar part in action. I did like the little hand tool which I am guessing is called a Hand Squeeze.

Aerowood seems to be the Rivet Master in more ways then one on this subject so a few questions if you can.

1. I have an older air hammer gun. Brand name is Rodac and made in the USA which also has an air volume dial. Kind of long on the top part of the body also which makes it feel heavier then it looks. It has a 3/8" shank. Can I use this gun with the correct shank?

2. Is the shank called a rivet shank or something else? I way surprised by the large head size of the one in the video. What size and name?

3. Hand squeeze best size?

I will print Aerowoods suggestions on rivet sizes etc. but am still trying to avoid the new air gun purchase. Me scottish is comin out!
Thanks for all the great info.
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1) An air hammer and a rivet gun work and appear the same way but thats where it stops. In a pinch an air hammer will work but they are hard to control. The piston diameter and stroke length determine the rivet gun size. Many people have used air hammers to shoot solid shank rivets with good results but there is no standard on air hammers that I know of. The worst thing that could happen in using one would be driving the set through the shin or bouncing off the rivet and punching mulitiple dents a foot across the new skin. I do have an old Rodac air hammer and I would never use it on my A/S. Just no control on the trigger.
2) Shank size is the diameter of the rivet set that interfaces with the gun there are two sizes .401 for rivet guns to 4X and .498 for the big hitters 5X and above. The one in the video is a .401 shank with a mushroom head for flush rivets
3) A hand squeeze is only good for small 3/32 and 1/8 diameter rivets that both sides of the rivet are accessable, like on a closer rib. Not to many places on an Airstream where they can be used. Squeezes are availble in phnumatic but are very expensive.
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Thanks Aerowood,
That makes sense. I was not thinking about the length of stroke. Guess it should be obivous to me that a tool that can be used to remove rusty mufflers would not such a good choice for detailed finish work.

I will continue to read back through your suggestions and make a more informed purchase.

thanks again

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I'll just say that Arrow rivet guns are disposable in my hands. If I get back into a restoration project I'd probably try what wahoonc recommends.
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:17 PM   #12
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Aerowood made this recommendation when I asked... you will also need a rivet set and bucking bar. like this set.
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That didn't work... http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...ize-38764.html This thread, post #12. I bought that set and feel I got exactly what I need. We'll find out this weekend.
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I just purchased an air/hydraulic riveter from Northern Tool for $69.00, so far I like it. It works greatl.

Northern Industrial Compact Air Hydraulic Riveter | Air Punch + Flange Tools | Northern Tool + Equipment

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Northern Industrial Compact Air Hydraulic Riveter

Affordable, lightweight riveter is ideal for automotive and construction assembly work.
Sets rivets in up to 3/16in. steel
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4.2 CFM; 80-100 PSI; 1/4in. air inlet
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