10 years ago
own small (1/8") rivets were somewhat indifferent. Getting mild steel
rivets here is a bit of a problem but someone kindly sent me a couple
of pounds of 1/8" - 1" rivets with round heads.
I spent some time looking at the various methods of setting the rivets
and made a couple of rivet sets. I am, however, interested in the two
methods I have never seen done in real life: using an air gun and a
There are some questions that I cannot find answers to:
1) How is a rivet air gun like this one:
different from an air hammer, say like this one:
It looks like they have similar profile for attaching pieces, gun head
sets for the former and chisels for the latter, however, I cannot be
2) I am assuming that the CFM required to run either is not going to
be great as they operate in short bursts. Right?
3) How good are the squeezing tools or presses like this one:
I am puzzled that they need *two* sets rather than one like the air
gun. Is one for each end of the rivet? The set numbers appear
identical for the squeeze tool and the air gun but the pictures are
4) Has anyone adapted successfully a press like this one:
Would 1/2 ton be sufficient?
Campbell River, BC