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Old 12-31-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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I know I can dremel or file the top of the rivet and get something close, but does anyone know of rental companies that rent rivet shavers for the olympic 5/32 rivets? For as few as I have I hate in to invest a couple hundred bucks in a tool getting such little use.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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I know I can dremel or file the top of the rivet and get something close, but does anyone know of rental companies that rent rivet shavers for the olympic 5/32 rivets? For as few as I have I hate in to invest a couple hundred bucks in a tool getting such little use.
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The question would always be, who put a nick in it, since that can happen.

I think most companies have enough problems, without taking on that type rental.

The last time I just let someone borrow a shaver, at no cost, took me over 3 months to get it back.

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Old 01-01-2009, 12:22 AM   #3
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A rivet shaver is definitely worth the money...I know in the beginning of AirForums, there was some talk of having a "tool library", but I don't think that ever came to fruition.

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Old 01-01-2009, 08:02 AM   #4
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I tried one and thought it was more trouble than it was worth. It might be a different story if you were doing a plethora of rivets.

Of course you could always buy one use it and sell it. I got mine on ebay cheap. Maybe that's why I didn't find it was all it was cracked up to be.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:35 AM   #5
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so........can one dremel them with decent results? I have always thought that the shaver is just something you plan on having in your Airstream tool aresenal at some point.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:48 AM   #6
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Yes, you can Dremel each one individually - but you have to shape each one to a "perfect dome", which could take a couple of minutes. If you have more than a dozen or so - or are replacing an entire panel, a rivet shaver is definitely more productive. It perfectly shapes each one consistently in about 10-15 seconds. It is also less likely to slip off and mar the adjacent skin than a Dremel. A rivet shaver does have to be set properly for the depth and you need to get a feel for it - but if you practice on one or two trial rivets you'll get the hang of it in no time.

We replaced the entire streetside skin on our GlobeTrotter, the belly pan and all the drip caps on our Safari - those projects used way too many Olympic rivets (well over 800!) to even consider doing without a rivet shaver.

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Old 01-01-2009, 08:51 AM   #7
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Go to an Airstream repair shop. Most will shave them for a minimum cost. last I heard it was $1 per rivet.
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Old 01-01-2009, 09:02 AM   #8
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I'll Shave Them

As Shari stated it is a must tool for the Airstreamer. I shaved every rivet inside the 59, so many I lost count and without that tool I would be dead in the water.

I you don't want to purchase one I can offer two or three options:
1. Go to a WI Unit rally, I always have mine with me and would be glad to shave what you have. I spend a great deal of time at our Unit rallies shaving rivets for our members. OR go to a local rally and ask around someone just might have one.
2. Go to the International Rally in Madison, again I will be there and will shave what you need.
3. If you are ever in WI swing by, I'll run out into the street and take care of the problem.

I think the key here is find a good hearted WBCCI member with a shaver and just ask!

Oh ya there is a fee, I can be bought for a couple of beers and a good conversation under the awning
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:00 AM   #9
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I'd cost more overall to go to Spokane Airstream then to get a tool, but its a good idea for someone with an airsteam shop close. I'll also keep an eye on ebay etc. If a forums member has one they plan to sell hit me up too.

Don't have a lot of money to throw at the airstream right now, most is going for por-15, plywood, weatherstrip and all that stuff. I'll probably in the meantime just snip them as close to flush as I can get.

No rivet work or resealing today, this morning almost 5 new inches of unexpected snow. Had just finally had enough melt to see the metal on the AS again.

Thanks for the advice!
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I'd cost more overall to go to Spokane Airstream then to get a tool, but its a good idea for someone with an airsteam shop close. I'll also keep an eye on ebay etc. If a forums member has one they plan to sell hit me up too.

Don't have a lot of money to throw at the airstream right now, most is going for por-15, plywood, weatherstrip and all that stuff. I'll probably in the meantime just snip them as close to flush as I can get.

No rivet work or resealing today, this morning almost 5 new inches of unexpected snow. Had just finally had enough melt to see the metal on the AS again.

Thanks for the advice!
Scott.

I have thought about a rental program for the shaver, many times. But it'd a subject that makes a person scratch their head. Should I, shouldn't I?

Probably, when you consider the paper work time and the costs, the labor time, processing a credit card, credit card fees, shipping costs, taking a risk of damage, fighting with a credit card processing company in the case of a dispute, a total rental fee of maybe $50.00 would be fair.

But then, who would want to pay $50.00, just to shave a few rivets.

What would your suggestion be?

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Wow, that is incredibly generous, Ed. You are clearly filled with The Airstream Spirit!


So far I've been shaving mine with a dremel. It is tedious and time-consuming. If I ever had to do a panel replacement, I would buy a rivet shaver, and just consider it the cost of Airstream repair.
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Yes Ed, missed your post the first time. Its a good excuse to get out of the area and have some fun. Won't be road worthy for some time, but very cool you'd offer!

Andy, not sure on the business sense what would be good, I can see how renting would be a headache. Likely I'll end up buying one this summer, since I'll have a fair bit of outside work. Granted I've never used one (or seen one in person), just seems amazing that a drill attachment costs almost as much as a cyclo polisher!

Utee, wouldn't mind some pointers from you on what process you're using with a dremel, what bits you're using etc in the meantime.
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:35 AM   #13
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Sure, I use one of those grinding bits that is sort of bullet-shaped. It has a curve to it, as well as a straight part. It takes a while per rivet, but I already owned it, and I do not yet own a rivet shaver, so free=good in this case.

I keep it on the lowest speed I can and still get effective grinding. The aluminum is soft and grinds pretty easily. Then, just hold it as steady as you can, so that it doesn't slip off and mar the surface of the aluminum panel.\

It's not particularly difficult, just takes time, and still does not ever look quite as good as a shaved rivet does.
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I have seen some "rentals" that sell you the tool for full retail, and if you return it within the time limit you get a partial refund. If somebody forgets to return it in time, or it looks like it got caught in a blender, they now own a rivet shaver, and the business renting it makes a sale.
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