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Old 07-25-2016, 01:18 PM   #1
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quick question about rivet gun

Hello,

I'm currently searching for a rivet gun for my futur airstream renovation.

I just want to know if I need an 1/4 heavy duty rivet gun who can accept nose pieces 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 7/32" and 1/4" (with traction power 3 960 lb/pi) or a "small" one who only accept nose pieces 3/32", 1/8", 5/32" and 3/16" (with traction power 1 985 lb/pi).

those aren't the same price. The small one is about 120$ and the big one at 900$

thank for any advises

link: http://www.napacanada.com/flashpubli...PowerTools.pdf

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Old 07-25-2016, 02:30 PM   #2
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Get the smaller one, unless you plan to work on railroad cars.
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Old 07-25-2016, 03:15 PM   #3
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I've rebuilt my trailer, and used a 3/16" max capacity gun. Nothing larger is needed. I bought my gun from Harbor freight for about $30. It lasted through most of my rennovation and failed, so I had to buy a second one (as the parts kit didn't include the failed part).

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Old 07-25-2016, 03:52 PM   #4
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$9 on sale st harbor freight.... $18 at lowes/ home depot.
Popped thousands of rivets and still going strong.... take your pick!
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I'm just commenting so I can be part of this thread, I want to read about what others are saying. I am also looking for a rivet gun because a few inside has gone to the afterlife.
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:07 PM   #6
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another question: I know, when I will get my trailer, that some of those rivets will need to be change.

But, should I change all the revets even it have a lot to replace?

I mean, as to waste time doing the infiltration test and check them one by one ....
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:10 PM   #7
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$9 on sale st harbor freight.... $18 at lowes/ home depot.
Popped thousands of rivets and still going strong.... take your pick!
those I saw at Home depot / lowes aren't pneumatic riveter ....
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While all the input is appreciated. What is the size of the rivets used by A S.
I presume they are aluminium.
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Skip the Harbor Freight rivet gun. The one I bought from them would never grab the mandrel tightly enough to get a good result. I bought a Stanley rivet gun at Home Depot for $20 and never had a problem (both tools were made in China).
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Not sure what type of rivet gun you are looking for, but this one should be able to drive any rivet in a airstream.

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...vetgun2602.php

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Not sure what type of rivet gun you are looking for, but this one should be able to drive any rivet in a airstream.

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...vetgun2602.php

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the one I will buy look like this one :

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...es/ATS8805.php

look the same as the one you showed
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I have seen a ratchet type rivet puller for pop rivets. Much easier to use in tight places. Does anybody have any sources?
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I ended up buying a second rivet tool.

The second one swiveled and was on an angle. It worked on a few hard to reach places that the straight one wouldn't.
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I have been very happy with my Harbor Freight pneumatic/hydraulic gun which has pulled every rivet effortlessly. I also bought a Marson hand rivet gun kit from Amazon which works very well when I don't have a compressor handy. You will be glad for pneumatic power when it's time to pull dozens of 3/16 large-head rivets for your belly pan! Airstreams use primarily 1/8" rivets, with some 3/16" as well.
For buck rivets, though it was spendy, I got the kit from VTS. In hindsight, it has been worth the investment. (I am finishing up my shell-off restoration of a 68 Sovereign so don't know if you need the buck riveting capability)
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