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Old 01-12-2018, 04:54 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
 
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Default Rivet Cutter Recommendation?

My old unmarked rivet cutter is finally due for retirement. It's only 30+ years old. Can anyone recommend a quality replacement?

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Old 01-12-2018, 05:30 PM
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My old unmarked rivet cutter is finally due for retirement. It's only 30+ years old. Can anyone recommend a quality replacement?

Thanks,
Dave
I have this one. Not the best but it works.
https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=130
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:53 PM
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David,

I've had really good luck in just using the side of the scotchbrite wheel to sand them down a little bit.

I take a piece of ~1/8" thick aluminum bar and drill/ ream #30. Insert a rivet. Hold a gloved finger over the back side of the rivet onto the bar (it can get a little hot if you take too much off at a time.) The aluminum bar holds the rivet nice and square and helps to position that rivet square to the scotchbrite wheel.

I have had less than stellar results with my rivet cutter....

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Old 01-12-2018, 06:50 PM
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Not sure I would want to heat rivets up by grinding or any other means. Donít know if the strength or temper could be effected? Iíve used rivet cutters for years with acceptable results. Once in a great while a burr gets left behind and touch with a small file will remove it.

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Old 01-12-2018, 06:51 PM
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David,

I've had really good luck in just using the side of the scotchbrite wheel to sand them down a little bit.

I take a piece of ~1/8" thick aluminum bar and drill/ ream #30. Insert a rivet. Hold a gloved finger over the back side of the rivet onto the bar (it can get a little hot if you take too much off at a time.) The aluminum bar holds the rivet nice and square and helps to position that rivet square to the scotchbrite wheel.

I have had less than stellar results with my rivet cutter....

Best Regards,
+1

I have/use a USATCO 04-501 cutter, but many times do the above or on the belt sander to square the end. Maybe not needed, though, most cuts are pretty clean.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:26 PM
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I've got this one:

http://www.yardstore.com/rivet-cutter.html

I've had good luck with stuff from the Yard store.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:37 PM
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Another vote for the Yard Store. Family owned and great service.
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:53 AM
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I don't remember having to cut any rivets during my entire RV-6 slow-build and the rivet cutter that came with a starter tool kit has never been used. (Same with the pneumatic drill for that matter) The range of rivet lengths that came with the various kits in a multitude of little brown bags covered every eventuality with lots left over.

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