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Old 03-02-2006, 10:46 AM   #1
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Shaver Tool for 5/32" Olympic Rivets

OK it is officially time to dive in and make the big buy. I will be making the purchase with in the month. My offer to the community is when I am done with the shaver will anyone like to buy it from me at an appropriate discount. I'm not sure what I should charge for it but I would want to make it fair.
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Old 03-02-2006, 10:54 AM   #2
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Why not make it availible for rent?

I have thought about this in the past. You could setup a Paypal account and have people prepay with a deposit.

When the shaver is returned in proper condition, you paypal the deposit back to them.

You could charge $10 a week or something to make it worth your effort.

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Old 03-02-2006, 11:38 AM   #3
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Great idea

As a new restorer, I think that would be a great idea. It will pay for itself rather quickly, and can be used around this community. Sign me up!
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Old 03-02-2006, 11:44 AM   #4
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To rent or not to rent, that is a good question!

That was my original thought also. I just contacted Steve Hingtgen at Vintage Trailer Supply to see if they would rent the shaver, and he stated that:
"We have considered this idea, but there are too many variables.
The bit can be nicked or dulled if not used properly. And the
majority of the value is in the bit. I guess we could rent it
for the price of the bit, but that seems like it wouldn't be very
attractive to people."

Yea well the bit costs like $129.00 (ouch!). But he did say that:

"The tricks are:

1) ONLY aluminum Olympic bulbtite shave able rivets.
2) Snip mandrel flush with top of rivet.
3) Get shaver to full rpm before plunging on the rivet head.

If you do all that, you won't have any trouble."

So how do I protect my investment, and not charge the good
people of Airstream Forums an am and a leg to rent the tool?
Keep them coming!
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Old 03-02-2006, 12:04 PM   #5
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Are you a member of the WBBCi?

It would be great if each chapter of the club could buy one, and offer it for loan as a membership benefit.

The president of each club could wear it on a chain around his/her neck as an emblem of office.
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Old 03-02-2006, 12:28 PM   #6
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What is that? Sorry I am a new trailer owner and fairly new to the forums.
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Old 03-02-2006, 12:44 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by BB 55 Bubble
What is that? Sorry I am a new trailer owner and fairly new to the forums.
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Old 03-02-2006, 01:00 PM   #8
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and if you choose not to go with the "rent it out" scenario . . . I'd be another person interested in buying it from you.

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Old 03-02-2006, 01:31 PM   #9
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Like BB 55 Bubble said the cutter in those shavers are the expensive part. Mine came apart, I called Byler Rivet and ordered a new one, and figured it wouldn't hurt to have a couple of extras. Stupid me didn't bother to ask how much they were, I almost had a stroke when I unfolded the invoice that was packed with the cutter tips - $380.00. Needless to say I'm much more careful when I shaving rivets.
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Old 03-02-2006, 06:15 PM   #10
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Cyclo Polisher

I think there is a potential to rent out one of those Cyclo polishers. I plan on getting one of those also. Any takers on that?
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Old 03-02-2006, 06:29 PM   #11
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I'd be interested in renting at a time
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Old 03-02-2006, 09:08 PM   #12
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I don't think renting is a good idea. You're probably in for more grief than it's worth...


I agree. It's better to get all your shaving done and then sell it to someone else. I just bought one in partnership with a forum member because we always seem to need one. The quality of the welding on the cutter head is sometimes not great and occasionally (according to Steve) the cutter head isn't even straight. They do a nice job when handled right though.
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Old 03-02-2006, 09:50 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by 65GT
There's a real nice guy on the VAL that owns one and rents it to other VAC members. I'm not sure in hindsight he's glad that he's done it. I got it and it made a real mess of the rivets right off the bat. I wrote him and told him I was returning it, that it really did a bad job and he wrote back that it was obviously damaged. I think this has happened to him at least twice now.__
He's close to me, and loaned me the tool a while back. When I got it, one of the blades of the cutter tip was busted off, resulting in lots of vibration and poor shaving results. He received it back from the previous guy like that.
The shaving tool is fragile, not a fool proof device.....
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Old 03-02-2006, 11:58 PM   #14
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Shaving Rivets

What about a rotozip or dremel tool. Won't these work on the aluminum rivets? Seems to me with the guide mounted on the tool and being steady and careful you could shave down the rivets with success if you did a little practice first. Is this an option? Has anyone tried this? Ed

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