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Old 03-12-2021, 03:23 PM
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Default Tool suppliers in Canada?

I'm thinking of building an RV. Where do Canadians source their tools and toolkits? I see that Van's website only shows U.S.-based suppliers. Is there a new/used tool market in Canada? I'm in Alberta. Thanks.
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Old 03-12-2021, 03:46 PM
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Purchased all of mine for my build from US suppliers.
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Old 03-12-2021, 04:45 PM
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Default Aircraft Spruce Canada

You can buy a tool "kit" from Aircraft Spruce Canada.
https://www.aircraftspruce.ca/catalo...ickkey=3008731

Start with one of these basic kits but you will definitely need extra tools as you progress.


I bought my tool kit from a US supplier when living in Europe.
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Old 03-12-2021, 05:46 PM
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Aircraft Spruce and US suppliers. Shipping across the border isn't a big ordeal, especially for lower value items. Some stuff isn't aircraft specific either. I got a really big back rivet plate and a nice hefty bucking bar for back riveting wing skins from Metal Super Market.

There's an alloy fabrication shop right near my house that has all sorts of angle for super cheap. I'm sure I'm buying stuff out of their scrap bin. 6061-T6 angle is 6061-T6 angle whether it comes from an airplane store for $15 or a a fabrication shop scrap bin for $5.
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Old 03-12-2021, 05:54 PM
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Default Tool suppliers in Canada?

Most of my air tools, pistol drill, 90* drill, 2x and 3x rivet guns, cutoff tool, came from a local industrial supplier carrying Atlas Copco tools. My pneumatic squeezer came from a local industrial supplier carrying Chicago Pneumatic.
Most of my aircraft tools came from Cleaveland Tool, Brown Tool, US Tool, ATS
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Old 03-13-2021, 07:37 PM
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I bought a former builders used tools. Not everything was included but it was a good startand much cheaper than new stuff. To fill in the blanks I purchased half of my new tools from https://www.yardstore.com/ and half from https://www.browntool.com/

The savings paid for the the extra shipping and then some...It adds up fast! I created a list of everything I needed based on the vans site and the brown tool "RV Kit" Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Old 03-14-2021, 07:36 AM
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I look first at Aircraft Spruce Canada, then if they don't have it: Brown's, Wicks, Pan American (reamers and drill bits), and for Avex Rivets lawsonproducts.ca is a good Canadian supplier.
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Old 03-14-2021, 05:23 PM
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Thanks everyone. Will start by looking for used tools, and go from there. Cheers,
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Old 03-22-2021, 10:53 PM
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A good resource is to make friends with local builders who can lend you expensive tools that you don't want to buy
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Old 03-23-2021, 06:39 AM
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Or join a local EAA chapter, lots of them have tool cribs for those infrequently used but essential tools.
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