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Old 08-09-2016, 08:00 PM   #15
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I have a huge problem with stuff that lasts for only one job. It all goes straight to the landfill. It bothers me that the world is grinding out crap that lasts for ten minutes of use and ten thousand years in a mountain full of trash.

I'd rather rent a tool if I only need it once, or buy a high quality thing that I can use for many years.
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Old 08-09-2016, 08:04 PM   #16
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Has anybody else ever noticed that all Harbor Freight tools have a unique smell? I actually like it
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Old 08-09-2016, 08:22 PM   #17
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Has anybody else ever noticed that all Harbor Freight tools have a unique smell? I actually like it
It's a mixture of blood sweat and tears from the six year-old Chinese girls who work 14 hours a day making this stuff.

It'e either that or Cosmolene.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:27 PM   #18
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I built my Sonex airplane using a HF rivet gun. After somewhere around 11,000 rivets I am now using it on my Airstream restoration. I think its safe to say I got my money's worth out of this tool.
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:43 PM   #19
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I have a huge problem with stuff that lasts for only one job. It all goes straight to the landfill. It bothers me that the world is grinding out crap that lasts for ten minutes of use and ten thousand years in a mountain full of trash.

I'd rather rent a tool if I only need it once, or buy a high quality thing that I can use for many years.
So? You probably don't have the reclamation contract on that landfill yet then. You probably don't even own very many acres of growing trees to replace those cut to make the house you live in. That mountain of land fill sounds like a resource for a lot of valuable materials in the future to me. Buy some land with clay for landfill liners. Invest in the folks making manufacturing islands on the floating plastic waste islands.
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Old 08-14-2016, 10:56 AM   #21
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Thanks for all the responses. The river gun is rated for 1/8". I've taken the teeth out and pressed them together and the rivets just slide through with no gripping, I also tried it on the spare set it came with. I'm lost why the rivers would be to small. I'm doing a full restoration, so I still have to reinstall the interior skins. No way I'm riveting the inside by hand.

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Old 08-14-2016, 12:19 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the responses. The river gun is rated for 1/8". I've taken the teeth out and pressed them together and the rivets just slide through with no gripping, I also tried it on the spare set it came with. I'm lost why the rivers would be to small. I'm doing a full restoration, so I still have to reinstall the interior skins. No way I'm riveting the inside by hand.

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Just a thought. You did not say how long you have had the tool but HF has a very generous warrenty return exchange program or just suck it up and buy a better quality tool.
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:45 AM   #23
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Just a thought. You did not say how long you have had the tool but HF has a very generous warrenty return exchange program or just suck it up and buy a better quality tool.
I bought it a few months ago, I don't think it's a matter of it being a crappy tool. If I bought another HF gun it still wouldn't work. Maybe it's the rivets I'm using and not the gun. I'm buying some different rivers in Amazon, hopefully they fit.

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What is the max capacity of the gun? HF sells two guns, one maxes out at 3/16, the other at 1/4. Most people have the 3/16 model, which do you have? Also, if you are questioning your rivets, try going down to your local hardware store and picking up a small box of 50 or so and see if they work any better.
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What is the max capacity of the gun? HF sells two guns, one maxes out at 3/16, the other at 1/4. Most people have the 3/16 model, which do you have? Also, if you are questioning your rivets, try going down to your local hardware store and picking up a small box of 50 or so and see if they work any better.
I think I might have the 1/4. It said it would do 1/8" rivets. I'll take doe rivets to HB and try the on the other gun.

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So yes, if you have the max 1/4" capacity gun, then 1/8" rivets will be at the lower limit of what the gun can (theoretically) grab. I would hazard a guess that most of the folks here on the forums who have an HF gun have the 3/16" version, which seems to work fine with 1/8" rivets. The 3/8" version of the gun is usually about half the price of the 1/4" one, get yourself a coupon, and you could be in business.

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