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Old 02-13-2021, 10:00 AM
JeremyL JeremyL is offline
 
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Default Pop rivet/blind rivet tool?

Hey just wondering what the best pop rivet gun/tool is. Not assembling an rv 12, so I don稚 need a crazy expensive one. Just curious what you guys have had good quality luck with??
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Old 02-13-2021, 10:03 AM
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I have a couple. They're nothing special, just from home depot or whatever.

One of them has the swivel head so that it can pull at a 90* angle to the handles or parallel. The other one has one side of the snout ground off flat for access into some tight space I needed to get into.
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Old 02-13-2021, 10:37 AM
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Default Pulled rivet tool

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I have a couple. They're nothing special, just from home depot or whatever.

One of them has the swivel head so that it can pull at a 90* angle to the handles or parallel. The other one has one side of the snout ground off flat for access into some tight space I needed to get into.
What Terry said. Buy the swivel unit and grind the nose. I do have the expensive close quarters tool. Got it before the business sold and price quadrupled. Awesome tool when I need it but 99% of the time, I use the cheapo.
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Old 02-13-2021, 11:36 AM
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Default Thanks guys...

I値l get the swivel unit, any particular brand that is better than another I should look for??
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Old 02-13-2021, 12:38 PM
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I'm by no means an expert on pop river pullers, but I just went out and looked at mine, the swivel one is a "PowerFast" brand and the skinny one doesn't have a brand unless "Made in China"is a brand. They've both been bombing around in my shop so long that I have no idea where they came from.

Both of them will pull a cherry fine, but I'm pretty sure they would both fail catastrophically if you tried to do a whole airplane worth.
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Old 02-13-2021, 01:08 PM
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Are you asking about manual pullers or pneumatic pullers?

I would think if you are going to build an RV-12, you will be well-advised to get a pneumatic puller. They vary significantly in price and quality. The cheap Harbor Freight ones get mixed reviews, and 'you get what you pay for' applies, but with a little nursing, one might last for a full airplane build. You can adjust the spring tension as needed to insure that the nail releases after pulling. Do not follow the instructions to fill the reservoir with oil.
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Old 02-13-2021, 01:27 PM
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Second that on the "don't fill reservoir with oil" on the HF puller. Worked better before I messed with it.

I have the generic yellow rotating puller that has 4 different heads for different diameter rivet nail and it works pretty well.

To get into some tight spots I bought one of the "Pop" branded tools:
https://aircraft-tool.com/shop/detai...ookieSupport=1

This last one brought me the great joy of a great tool doing a great job. It only has one head though....
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Old 02-13-2021, 01:48 PM
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Default Not building a 12.....

I知 building a 7 , so definitely manual. I知 not going to blow cash on any pneumatic puller for just a few pulls.
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Old 02-13-2021, 02:07 PM
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I知 building a 7 , so definitely manual. I知 not going to blow cash on any pneumatic puller for just a few pulls.
My puller is a cheapo. Built two RV7s and still going. Not sure the swivel matters. I never swivel unless Sweetie takes me dancin'
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Old 02-13-2021, 03:05 PM
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Pullers are kind of like bucking bars - you need different ones for different spots, and no matter which one(s) you have, there will always be the need to look for another one! I have several, and usually find that the swiveling one from ACE works well. But in some spots, its still too large.

When I was working on the little jet, which is all pulled rivets, I borrowed a Marson HP-2 puller from a neighbor, and it was the bees knees - strong pull, compact, fit anywhere! I bought one, and have used nothing else since. I figured such a great, old-fashioned tool would be expensive - but its not. Google it - I think mine came through Amazon.

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