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Old 10-09-2018, 06:50 PM
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Default Tool kit recommendations

Looking for recommendations for suppliers of RV tool kits.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:15 PM
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Looking for recommendations for suppliers of RV tool kits.
Thanks in Advance, Ken
Didn't give us much to go on but I'll take a shot.
Assuming you have no previous build experience, I recommend starting with some one on one time with a mentor. That will help you define the list of tools and make mod to the kit.
The big names are pretty good. Cleveland, Isham, etc.
Feel free to look through my blog.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:22 AM
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:13 PM
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Cleavelandtool.com

Small family owned business with outstanding customer service! Highly recommend.
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:52 PM
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I have tried a few different tool companies and found Cleaveland to have the best quality tools. Their prices have recently gone up on a lot of things but still the best tools around.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:08 PM
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You don't hear much about Aircraft Tool Supply but they have some great start kits and seem to have picked up Bob Avery's tools when he retired.

I really like the Avery Rivet Squeezer.

I built my entire plane with their 3X rivet gun and an Avery squeezer. Never once did I feel the need for a pneumatic squeezer. The C-frame dimpler works fine, just put on some hearing protection.

The two recommendations I would make, regardless of who you buy your tools from is to 1. Get a 3X and 2X rivet gun and 2. Buy three Microstop Countersinks.

The 3X gun is pretty much the standard and works well when riveting multiple layers together. However, after using a friend's 2X gun on his wing skin to rib rivets, I found it is perfect to riveting two layers together and near impossible to dent something.

Set up one Microstop Countersink for a #30 countersink, one for a #40 countersink, and one that you will adjust for all the others. I only have one and spent a LOT of time adjusting that thing every time I changed hole sizes.

Good luck with your build!
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:00 PM
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Hi all, I am new here but feel I could offer some input since I myself just went through this.

I spent over a month researching tool kits before making a decision. It came down to Cleveland and Isham as being the general front runners. I personally don't think you can go wrong with either. Both will allow you to basically customize the kit to your preference. Both will include DRDT-2, pneumatic squeezer, and Sioux drill and/or rivet gun.

With that said, I would recommend you go line by line though each item each kit offers and compare them.

I ended up buying for Isham, because that the kit came with a few more squeezer dies, 1 more rivet set, and more clecos.

But like others have said, none of the kits include everything you will need/want and you will end up buying something from everyone.

Hope that helped!
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..and still use all the tools in the kit, 7 years after starting on my project. Definitely upgrade to the DRDT2, pneumatic squeezer, tungsten bucking bar, Sioux Palm drill and add extra silver clecos.
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:17 PM
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..and still use all the tools in the kit, 7 years after starting on my project. Definitely upgrade to the DRDT2, pneumatic squeezer, tungsten bucking bar, Sioux Palm drill and add extra silver clecos.
Lots and lots of extra clecos of all sizes!
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Lots and lots of extra clecos of all sizes!
Not all clekos are the same. Buy Wedgelock.
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