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Old 03-27-2012, 10:44 PM   #1
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What's your favorite brand rivet gun?

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Old 03-28-2012, 08:05 AM   #2
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What kind of rivets, solid shank (buck) or blind?
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:12 AM   #3
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The working kind that's not jammed up!
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:21 PM   #4
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Both kinds

Just getting some input, I was asking about both types.

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Old 03-29-2012, 01:21 PM   #5
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Got this one from Garrett Wade tools. Haven't used it much but swivel head is great for awkward or tight spots.

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Old 03-29-2012, 02:15 PM   #6
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I have an Arrow swivel head pop rivet tool that I got at Home Depot. It works well, but I find that the swivel head is more of an annoyance than a plus. It's great when you can't get to a hole any other way, but I still wish I knew what I did with my old one that stayed put, that is, didn't swivel. Not bad enough to go buy a new one, though.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:23 PM   #7
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I own a swivel head and a standard blind rivet tool and, like Vaughan, I find the swivel head to be a gimmick that just slows me down. If you are popping stainless rivets bigger than 1/8" you will need a long arm tool, too. Unfortunately, most long arm tools have nose pieces that won't get into small areas... so you probably need to own both.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:39 PM   #8
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Steve made a good point about needing a long arm one for stainless rivets bigger than 1/8". I installed about 12 or so larger stainless ones on my F150's bed using the Arrow one from my previous post. To its credit, it survived and still works well. They were so hard to do with the handles on the Arrow that I was squeezing as hard as I could and it wouldn't work till I also squeezed with my knees. That was just enough extra to get the job done. After each rivet, I would have to sit down and rest a while.

Next time, I'll get a bigger riveter.
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Old 04-07-2012, 01:59 AM   #9
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Steve made a good point about needing a long arm one for stainless rivets bigger than 1/8". I installed about 12 or so larger stainless ones on my F150's bed using the Arrow one from my previous post. To its credit, it survived and still works well. They were so hard to do with the handles on the Arrow that I was squeezing as hard as I could and it wouldn't work till I also squeezed with my knees. That was just enough extra to get the job done. After each rivet, I would have to sit down and rest a while.

Next time, I'll get a bigger riveter.
I know that feeling. My first project with a poprivet gun was to put some steps up a 30' mast on my sailboat. So I would put one step in, hoist myself up a little farther in my bosun's chair, do another one, etc.

It was (6) 3/16" stainless steel rivets per step, 10-12 steps. I should have bought a bigger riveter, but I was still in cheap college student mode (especially just after having bought a sailboat ) Anyway, I had so many blisters on my hands, and my arms were sore for a week.

In summary: get many different types. You will use them on the Airstream, I promise.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:25 AM   #10
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I bought three at flea markets. Did not pay over $2:00 for any of them. All three work great. I keep one in each trailer and one in the garage.

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Old 04-07-2012, 06:35 AM   #11
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Has anyone tried the air powered ones like Harbor Freight sells??
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If you are popping stainless rivets bigger than 1/8" you will need a long arm tool, too. Unfortunately, most long arm tools have nose pieces that won't get into small areas... so you probably need to own both.
I got a couple of pieces of galvanized steel pipe to slip over the ends of the handles. It's kind of awkward, but works better than the "two men and a boy" method. Especially with my arthritic hands.

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Has anyone tried the air powered ones like Harbor Freight sells??
They work very well for Olympic rivets.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:18 PM   #13
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I bought three at flea markets. Did not pay over $2:00 for any of them. All three work great. I keep one in each trailer and one in the garage.

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Old 04-07-2012, 12:29 PM   #14
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I've had poor luck with pop riveters & stainless rivets; they don't seem to live very long. I prefer stainless rivets for high load tasks like re-riveting the hinge on top of Airstream windows....

One handy tool I made is a nose extension for the rivet tool - this helps set rivets down in recessed areas such as the window supports.

For buck riveting the Vintage Trailer Supply kit has worked very well for the few hundred rivets I've used for a all-alumnum battery box, wing window replacement and rear-end separation repairs.

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