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Old 10-05-2018, 09:33 AM
enterprise enterprise is offline
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Default Tool kit shopping?


I ordered the empennage and fastener kit earlier this week and I am looking at the various tool kits. Has anyone shopped these and compared them to see which is one is "better". I have very little in the way of metal tools other than snips and various drill bits and such. I do have a air compressor setup in the hangar along with a air drill. I got a craftsman electronic torque wrench already, but I am ok with having a extra one.

If there is a thread on this please point me to it. I did a search earlier and did find anything.

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Old 10-05-2018, 11:40 AM
rcarsey rcarsey is offline
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I started with absolutely NO tools at ALL.

What I ended up doing was opening 2 browser windows.., and searching on each tool listed in Section 3. ..Putting the cheapest one in my shopping cart on whichever site had it. I also used for the plexiglass drill bits that I couldn't seem to find anywhere else.

Some of the more expensive tools like the PRP-26A blind-riveter tool and pneumatic squeezer, I found on e-bay for good prices. Wish I bought that squeezer earlier!!

Other items not listed but you'll probably need:

#17 drill bit (now required in the Fuse kit), #6 screw dimple die (for landing light plexi's screws), an extra countersink cage (else you'll be swapping the #30 & #40 countersink cutters in it all the time), pneumatic blind riveter (im using the $70 from harbor freight; the Astro one from amazon broke), pneumatic solid squeezer, a shop-head rivet gauge set, and a cheap ryobi grinding wheel from Home Depot (and a abrasotex 6" light deburring wheel).

If you'd like, I can send you a spreadsheet with all my purchases. I got away with $1627 in July 2017 including a used pneumatic sqeezer from ebay.
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:45 AM
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Got my kit from Isham. Very happy with it and their service.
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Old 10-06-2018, 08:59 AM
AeroDog AeroDog is offline
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Originally Posted by rvanstory View Post
Got my kit from Isham. Very happy with it and their service.
Same here.
Empennage, fuselage and wing kits complete
Finish kit nearly complete
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by rvanstory View Post
Got my kit from Isham. Very happy with it and their service.
Same here but I did spring for a Cleveland Tools Main Squeeze. A bit pricey but, to me, worth every penny ...
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:18 PM
rgmwa rgmwa is offline
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Got my kit from Isham as well, but also bought extra items from Cleaveland and Brown from time to time.
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:57 PM
enterprise enterprise is offline
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Thanks. I will check out those options. I certainly appreciate quality tools for a project like this. I did the LSRM training at Rainbow and the one thing I kept cursing at was the harbor freight tools. I understand they are needed for a training environment where they get "studentized".
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Old 10-06-2018, 08:40 PM
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Check out ATS.

They have the Avery's rivet squeezer, which is really good!
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Old 10-07-2018, 04:23 PM
Aussieflyer Aussieflyer is offline
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Default Be Careful

Five years ago I got my tools from Ishams. They advertised an RV14 set of tools. I ordered that set of tools. There was an inventory of what you were to get. When I got the tools they were missing several tools out of the inventory, for example a pop riveter amongst others. When I rang to spoke to Ishams, they said, many builders had told them they already had a pop riveter and other tools and they didn't need, so they took those tools out of the kit delivered to myself in Australia. At that was that, no refund and no extra tools. I had to go out and buy those removed tools again.

I was not happy with Isham. Make sure you have a copy of the tool inventory advertised and check that is what they are contracting to deliver.
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Old 10-07-2018, 05:30 PM
Azjulian Azjulian is offline
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Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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got the rv12 set from Cleveland, they have it as a spreadsheet that you can customize if you already have tools or need others. Plus they are the nicest people to deal with, family owned business.

One thing that I would do differently is get a different pneumatic pop rivet puller, I had a harbor freight one which was really on its last legs when I completed my wings, I think its worth spending a little more on that considering how often you use it.
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