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Old 05-25-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Which Rivet Gun?

I have a cheap rivet gun and would like to upgrade to a good one. Is there such thing as a "middle of the road" model? I'm not sure that I need the "top of the line" one. Rivets----Where and how do I get the right assortment?
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Are you looking for a pop rivet gun or a buck rivet gun?
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:17 AM   #3
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I have a cheap rivet gun and would like to upgrade to a good one. Is there such thing as a "middle of the road" model? I'm not sure that I need the "top of the line" one. Rivets----Where and how do I get the right assortment?
There are not that many different size pop rivets that were used on your Airstream.

A decent pop rivet gun kit will come with several different nose pieces so that you can install different diameter rivets, including the Olympic rivets that are used on the outside.

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For pop rivets I like the Stanley Pro sold a HD.
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I am not familiar with a buck rivet gun. Can you tell me about them and their price range?
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I am not familiar with a buck rivet gun. Can you tell me about them and their price range?
Buck rivet guns can cost several hundreds of dollars.

You must also have a decent air compressor to power the gun.

Also, typically you must use 2 people when your buck riveting, one with the gun on the outside of the trailer, and the other with a bucking bar on the inside of the trailer.

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Never heard of a buck rivet gun, either. But as far as which pop rivet gun to buy? My belief is that you should always buy the best tool you can afford. Where tools are concerned, cheaper is not usually as good a quality, and the more expensive ones will give longer and better service.

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Andy, So what would one have to pay for the decent rivet gun plus rivets that you described?
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The $129.00 one works great, bought mine on sale for $99.00

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Andy, So what would one have to pay for the decent rivet gun plus rivets that you described?
Less than $ 45.00.

The rivet cost depends on what all you wish to have.

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Airstream sells rivet guns and rivets on their website. A middle of the road gun for $39 and a kit with a high end gun and and assortment of rivets for $158. You can pick the rivets you need and get them in small packs. Sure, there are other places you might save a few bucks if you know what you are doing, but the Airstream site is not a bad place to buy. Home Depot and Lowes sell fairly good rivet guns.
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I have had marson model ma39001 pop riviter since 1976, cast alum. wide range of nose pcs. std. zipdee uses the same as mine they are commercial qual. never a probl. Rivets can be pur big box store hrdw. etc. some A.S. have colored pop rivets, white at any place
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:15 PM   #13
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So, there is no easier way to get a buck rivet than a compressor, an air driven riveter and an extra pair of hands? I need to replace some rivets around our door that have to be low profile, the originals I guess are buck rivets.
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Sounds like you need a buck rivet gun for the rivets around the door. Buck rivets have a smooth head and are used for exterior applications whereas pop rivets wind up having a hole in the middle, leak, and produce a funny looking stumpy bit on the back side. They are appropriate for interior use or where water-tightness is not an issue. There are other kinds of pop rivets, but I don't think they are what you need. Maybe there is a tool rental place near you where you can get one for a few hours. You will need a bucking bar, air compressor and a friend too.
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