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Old 07-30-2019, 01:25 AM
xblueh2o xblueh2o is offline
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Money spent on good tools is never wasted.
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:32 AM
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It is not too late to buy a squeezer. Once you have the yolks and various die sets, you'll find many uses for it. It can squeeze in tight places where a bucking bar/gun can't. I choose the squeezer fist, then default to bucking bar/gun where the squeezer won't work. I've also used it to flatten a messed up dimple, smooth out a crease, partially press out a stuck rivet, etc.

Good tool to have on hand for repairs down the road, but if not, there are usually new builders looking to buy one used if you want to part with it.
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:51 AM
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I have a slightly different opinion. I love the pneumatic squeezer for making dimples, but find it can be difficult to position and control on SOME rivets. I prefer to use Clevelands main squeeze for rivets since manually setting them gives me a lot more feel and control that is lost with the pneumatic. Especially when setting the first rivet since the squeezer length can many times need a little adjustment.
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Old 07-30-2019, 05:11 AM
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Never had one so don't know what I am missing. Works fine for me.
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Old 07-30-2019, 06:01 AM
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Default My arm has been twisted

It's funny how things come full circle. I started out with this project (as I'm sure most 1st time builders) with the mindset of save money throughout the project so I can pay for the expensive things at the end. the story goes, the planned build timeline and budget have gone out the window. It looks like I'll be adding another tool to the tools I said I didn't need.

BTW - I still use a C-Frame.
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Old 08-04-2019, 03:18 AM
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BTW, buy yokes for your squeezer, not yolks. Raw eggs have no place in our workshops.
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Old 08-04-2019, 04:16 AM
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Used 2 or three different hand squeezers with half a dozen yokes for build and never used pneumatic sqeezer, even though I had one available. I thought pneumatic was too heavy and not as maneuverable to get square on the rivet. I liked the variety of hand squeezers and yokes that I had.

There, one against compared to all the other posters saying to go for it.
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Old 08-04-2019, 10:44 AM
bobnoffs bobnoffs is offline
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definitely glad i have one. a lot of good used ones for sale.
if you think ''a perfect rivet every time '' let me tell you you will be drilling out bad rivets in no time. learning curve.
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