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Rivet gun choices

Post by cardiffrob » Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:21 pm

Probably sounds like a silly post but after having riveted lots of aircraft over the years, always using guns borrowed for the purpose, I find myself wondering which gun to buy. I assume that the cheapo sub-£30 Ebay 'chisel guns' lack the slow initial touch and will only go at full wallop. If I wanted a small gun for 1/8 soft alloy rivets for non-structural applications and for my Vintage Car bodywork, what would be the best source, assuming nobody here has one for sale?

Thanks

Rob, near St Athan.
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Harry Hopkins
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by Harry Hopkins » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:59 pm

Gloster Air Parts sell excellent rivet guns. Call Diana on 01252 617484.

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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by Rob Swain » Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:51 pm

Harry Hopkins wrote:Gloster Air Parts sell excellent rivet guns. Call Diana on 01252 617484.
Agreed. Gloster supply very nice (normally Avery) kit.

Probably a good idea to call in the evening and talk to Pete to discuss your requirements before ordering. They supply several guns for different jobs, rivet sizes, techniques, tastes etc.
And that's before you even consider the multitude of accessories to go with the guns.

Check http://www.glosterairparts.co.uk/ for the time to call.
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by cardiffrob » Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:02 pm

Thanks, Harry and Rob.

If I can't find a 'used' toolkit then I'll try them for new stuff. Ideally, for cost reasons, a used set would be needed since I'm going to need snaps, countersinks etc as well as the gun. Soon adds up! I've got a few feelers out at the local college, the airport and some adds on Gumtree and suchlike.

Any RV builders out there who have finished??? :D
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by Rob Swain » Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:29 am

Have you tried the UK RV Forum?

http://www.rvforum.co.uk/

Hopefully you can get the link to work - it can be very hit and miss as the site seems to not like proxies and firewalls. :roll:
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by Bill McCarthy » Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:58 am

I find that Ingersoll Rand make good stuff. They do one that does from eight inch to three eights rivets, with a light touch starter facility. Were you at the rally - LAS had a box of second hand ones there.
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by cardiffrob » Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:47 pm

Ahhh, I missed the rally. Just got out of hospital after having 3 vertebrae welded and pinned together.

Thanks, guys.
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by Rob Swain » Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:08 am

Bill McCarthy wrote:They do one that does from eight inch...
Just right for repairs to the Forth Bridge. :lol:
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by cardiffrob » Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:27 am

Still no joy. LAS didn't have any idea about 'used' ones and I've not had a reply to the last 2 questions I sent them, so, I'm still in the market if anyone wants to clear their garage!
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by cardiffrob » Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:52 am

Just had a reply from LAS. They are unable to tell me if the rivet snaps they sell are for universal head rivets (an470) or some other profile. Item number 120 in their catalogue, i think.
Can anyone enlighten me (us)?
Ta
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by Ian Melville » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:22 am

I am gobsmacked that LAS could not tell you.

Item 120 is a collection of individual Standard rivet sets listed on the same page. They all have 470 at the start of the part number so I would think it not an unreasonable assumption that they are for Universal Head Rivets(AN470)
It looks to me to be made up of parts:
470-3-3/32
470-3-1/8
470-3-5/32
470-3-3/16
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but LAS should be able to confirm.

Good luck with finding a used gun. I brought new as previous experience with cast off air tools was not good.
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Re: Rivet gun choices

Post by Matt Dovey » Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:39 pm

Rob,
Try this lot, the in the USA http://www.yardstore.com
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