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Old 06-27-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Rivet Shaver advice

I am looking to buy a rivet shaver and it seems Dotco and Zephyr are popular brands. Are there any specs I need to know before I buy? size? speed? etc
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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I got mine from Aircraft Tool Supply Company
It comes with the bits and works great. A bit pricey but does the job.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:47 PM   #3
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are you going to cut rivet flush or are you shaping olympic rivets?
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:08 PM   #4
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i will be cutting some flush and shaping some olympics too. just depending on where.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:09 PM   #5
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I use Olympic rivets and grind the stems with my Dremmel. Wrks great http://skin rivet installaton
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:39 AM   #6
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I bought my shaver from Vintage Trailer Supply:

Olympic HS310-5B Rivet Head Shaver

Seems expensive but does a good job.
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:29 AM   #7
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Got my rivet shaver from VTS too. After six years, it's still going strong.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:06 AM   #8
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I have both the Dotco and the rivet shaver from VTS. I use them for different functions. The Dotco I use for shaving rivets flush and use the one from VTS to shape olympic rivets. I have yet to find a cutter for the Dotco to shape Olympic rivets.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:52 AM   #9
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I contacted Byler Rivet Supply in Texas (Contacted them via their website). They were able to provide me with rivets, shaver, clecos, cleco pliers; the works. I simply told them what I was doing (a single panel replacement) and they were all over it. Very helpful and seemed to know just what I needed once they found out I was doing an Airstream panel replacement.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:59 AM   #10
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Can you post the prices you got on the shaver and rivets and such. Just curious about their prices compared to Vintage.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:53 PM   #11
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Can you post the prices you got on the shaver and rivets and such. Just curious about their prices compared to Vintage.
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A couple of Airstream dealers sell those items for less money than Byler.

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Old 07-15-2011, 03:31 PM   #12
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Where can I get Rivets 101? No problem with the Pop Rivets, wondering how the exterior Rivets work. The plan is to change a window and exterior section.
Too hot in Texas right now may wait tell cooler weather.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:44 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forums!

Hi clyde123, Read...Ribs, Skins & Rivets - Airstream Forums

Are you removing the inside skin? Do you want to do all work from the outside?
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:42 PM   #14
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Thanks for the info.
From what I have read, leaning toward the Olympic type rivets. Pulling the inside skins what mean pulling half the Galley out ( the half with the sink and stove top ) which is where in Window is.
Being new with the Airstream I appreciate the forum, lots of good information.
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