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Old 02-08-2021, 11:16 AM
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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.
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Other tool suppliers have them as well, but another option is to just use the AEX wedge material that is supplied in the kit and make your own tools for zero dollars. It works great and was originally a Vans Aircraft idea.
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Old 02-08-2021, 11:25 AM
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Yeah, fair point. The one I bought is actually from Cleaveland but when I went to look I didn't find it. So yeah, Cleaveland has it too.

IMO the handle makes it a little more convenient to use and not misplace as compared to the wedge, but it's certainly not necessary.
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Old 02-08-2021, 10:03 PM
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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
+1 on all three of these tools. The M12 rivet puller has worked great. Its amazing how many rivets that can be pulled before a recharge is needed.
The Numatx is well worth the investment. The best thing about this tool is that it frees up one hand to insure everything is in alignment during the squeeze. Can get consistent good results with minimal physical effort. On the other hand, if you want to build up those arm mussels opt for the manual squeeze.

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Old 02-09-2021, 09:21 AM
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+1 on all three of these tools. The M12 rivet puller has worked great. Its amazing how many rivets that can be pulled before a recharge is needed.
The Numatx is well worth the investment. The best thing about this tool is that it frees up one hand to insure everything is in alignment during the squeeze. Can get consistent good results with minimal physical effort. On the other hand, if you want to build up those arm mussels opt for the manual squeeze.
Nah, you made the more important point and it has nothing to do with whether or not you can physically squeeze the rivets. It's the alignment and having hands free that makes a difference. The lighter weight and having an extra free hand mean better work, and the lack of adjustment speeds things up a little. It's really a pleasure to use.
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