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Old 08-01-2018, 04:35 PM
Randy333 Randy333 is offline
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Default Pop rivet gun

I heard Avery tools is closed. Where is a good place to buy a air powered pop rivet gun

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Old 08-01-2018, 04:51 PM
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Default "pop rivet" tool

Brown should have them. They're a sponsor here.
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Old 08-01-2018, 05:51 PM
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I've had one of these
for about 15 years. I haven't built an entire plane with it, but it's served me well building a hangar door, multiple other random projects, and for all the pulled rivet work on my -7 project.

No doubt there are better pullers out there, but sometimes better is the enemy of good enough.


edit: HF now has a higher powered version:
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Old 08-01-2018, 05:55 PM
Gandalf Gandalf is offline
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Originally Posted by Randy333 View Post
I heard Avery tools is closed. Where is a good place to buy a air powered pop rivet gun

I used the wrong tip on my pop rivet gun from Avery and I called Avery and the fellow there was able to set me straight and back working. Talk about great support. Sorry to see Avery close.

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Old 08-01-2018, 06:19 PM
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I got mine for Harbor Freight. For my RV7 it has been fine.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:04 PM
flysrv10 flysrv10 is offline
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Here is another option. I like mine a lot.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:32 PM
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I tried using the HF rivet puller a couple of years ago. Went through 2 different tools, neither of which worked properly. Returned them and bought a better tool (Dayton brand if I recall correctly) which has worked well.

However, if I were going to build a complete RV-12, I think I would spend a few hundred $ for one of the high end "Pop" brand rivet guns or equal. I had the chance to use one when I was building my empennage at Synergy Air and the differences were very noticeable. A very smooth pull, lighter and smaller, and with a vacuum holding the rivet in place in the nose piece and pulling the stem into a flexible catch tube. With as many rivets as I think there must be on the 12, I personally think spending the extra money would be worth it.

Good luck with your new project.
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Old 08-01-2018, 08:02 PM
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The red Taylor brand gun works great. Don't bother with the cheap HF one. It's not worth the aggravation when it keeps on breaking or burping oil all over.
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Old 08-01-2018, 09:38 PM
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I bought two Harbor Freight guns. That way when one started malfunctioning I just swapped guns, and then fixed the bad one later so I always had one in standby. My friend only bought one and has good luck with about 30% of his project done with no issues. Seems like HF rivet guns are a bit of a **** shoot in reliability.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:13 AM
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ATS is our best gun, with a HF as standby. We have built two RV12's simultaneously, so plenty of pulls.

Spend some time checking the hole size to match the rivet mandrel. Our first rivets were leaving a sharp edge because the hole in the tip was too big, the smaller was too small !

Figured out in between and drilled the smaller one out - then it ran perfect.

Also, keep it clean and lubed, you will pull thousands of rivets and every month, it benefits with cleaning the jaws, re lubing with T-9 or similar. Takes a few pulls to settle down, then good to go again.

Harbor Fright gun needed filling with oil - that was a right PITA......
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