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Old 02-26-2018, 11:36 PM
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Default So, I broke a Tungsten bucking bar, in half.

Well, this is the first time I have ever seen this. While working on my flaps the other night, I was happily riveting the top skin to the spar, and I noticed that my bucking bar felt....weird.

I keep it wrapped in athletic tape to make it easier to handle, and to keep it from scratching my surfaces on the non-bucking ends. But after about 20 rivets or so, I noticed it felt "floppy". After un-wraveling the tape, my heart sank just a tiny bit. One of my favorite tools had given up the ghost...



Here's what it looked like with the tape on, and slightly "floppy":



And a close up shot of the break itself:



This was from an Isham took kit, so I sent off an email to see if this might be covered under some sort of warranty. I sure hope so, considering these things are $130+. It kind of looks like there is some contaminants in the tungsten when it was made as you can see the specks in the photo.

Has anyone else ever had one of these expensive tools break on you like this?
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:38 AM
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No , but have you ever dropped it on a concrete floor? I'm told that they could break if dropped.
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:43 AM
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JB Weld, inspected...Satis
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:47 AM
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JB Weld, inspected...Satis
Second that. I know a guy who glued tungsten.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:04 AM
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Looks to me like you just made two specialty bucking bars!
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:45 AM
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I've got one that looks just like that! I dropped it and it broke in half. As it turns out, the halves are still heavy enough to buck smaller rivets and I've found them quite useful for tight spaces on a number of occasions during my build. It does suck to have to buy a new one tho...
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:48 AM
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Tape up the broken end and now you have two at $130 each. Most people jump at the chance to double their money or investment !!
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:51 AM
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Tungsten is more brittle than your average steel. I knew that this was a possibility before I bought mine. Every time I've dropped it I cringe hoping it only breaks in two pieces.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:55 AM
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cat bar1 bar2 > newbar
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Old 02-27-2018, 09:12 AM
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A lot of guys wear tungsten wedding bands, if needed they have to be broken off the finger with a ring cracker. Breaks but you canít cut it.
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