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Old 02-06-2021, 10:20 AM
CessnaTPA CessnaTPA is offline
 
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Default RV12 Tools?

After dreaming for 15 years and debating over a year I finally pulled the trigger and ordered the tail and wing kit.
Now I'm prepping the garage and getting ready to order tools.
Are there any tools not on Van's recommend list or the vendors Rv12 tool kits that I should get?
I know majority of the build is with blind rivets but would a Pneumatic Squeezer be beneficial?
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Old 02-06-2021, 11:22 AM
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Welcome to our group. I’m building a -12 and have needed a rivet squeezer a few times, installing nutplates. I did it all with a manual squeezer but a pneumatic one sure would be nice.

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Old 02-06-2021, 11:35 AM
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I don't know where Riverview is located. Perhaps a better geographical reference would point you to nearest EAA chapter and/or local builder who might be willing to share tools.
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Old 02-06-2021, 11:46 AM
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Welcome to the club,Cessna!
I'd almost get jealous for your intended start: it's a marvelous journey to Everland, you'll learn a lot, laugh and curse a lot, and fill your backpack with experience.
Wish I could do it again(and I already built a Kitfox before....)
Wishing you and yours lots of fun, lots of succes and a beautiful '12 to be born out of your hands.
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Old 02-06-2021, 02:02 PM
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Welcome to our group. I’m building a -12 and have needed a rivet squeezer a few times, installing nutplates. I did it all with a manual squeezer but a pneumatic one sure would be nice.

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Piggybacking. Does the RV-12 require a rivet gun at all, or can everything be done with a squeezer?
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Old 02-06-2021, 02:24 PM
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I've been told everything can be squeezed.

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Piggybacking. Does the RV-12 require a rivet gun at all, or can everything be done with a squeezer?
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Old 02-06-2021, 03:48 PM
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Piggybacking. Does the RV-12 require a rivet gun at all, or can everything be done with a squeezer?
No rivet gun required.

Kits is designed to be built with a squeezer only (with a 3" reach yoke).
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Old 02-06-2021, 05:21 PM
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As far as hand tools, I have to say the tools I got from Plane Tools have worked out great so far. Their RV-12 Tool Kit is well thought out and includes almost everything I've needed so far. I did buy a squeezer from Cleaveland tools however. The one supplied with the Plane Tools kit works fine but it is sometimes a challenge to squeeze some of the larger longer rivets. The squeezer from Cleaveland has a mechanical advantage that makes it much easier.

Things that are not included are any tools you'll need for the electronics, such as crimp tools and stripers.
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Old 02-07-2021, 09:56 PM
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+1 for the Cleavland “Main Squeeze”
I did need a Pneumatic rivet gun for my Kit #121 to rivet the seat pan to center spar as I recall. Newer kits may be different.

Also I uses a pneumatic puller for the 13000 or so pull rivets.
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Old 02-08-2021, 07:56 AM
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We have really found the Milwuakee M12 cordless river puller to be nice to work with. Enough that we bought two. It's worth taking a look at along with the more commonly used pneumatic puller. I have also found that have a couple different style of manual puller are handy in a few tricky places, and you may find yourself modifying the nose of one or two.

ATS has a little wedge tool for pulling rivets where there is limited clearance. This is worth picking up, you will use it quite a bit.

If you are shopping for a pneumatic squeezer, take a look at the Numatx. Not critical, and probably not a good value for someone who already has a squeezer but if you're shopping from square one it's not a big cost difference.

https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Produc...-Tools/2550-20

https://aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=AE5012

https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/2701.htm
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