Originally Posted by CampyTime
Thanks Bill. Yes I have a Walmart cheapie air compressor, oil less. I'm a regular at harbor freight. I'll check it out. With an air rivet gun, is there some practice required to get rivet in right? I know with hand gun, mandrel has snapped too early at times and a crappy loose rivet is what I got. Drill out again and cinch it down even slower. It's super hard for me, that's all I remember. Drilling old rivets out was much easier!
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I have used only two air rivet guns. One I borrowed from a friend, and the one I bought. Both from Harbor Freight, and the same model.
The one I borrowed would seat the rivet with the first pull in the trigger. Then it would discharge the rivet stem. The one i bought will not seat the rivet on the first pull of the trigger, it makes a popping noise, and then when I pull the trigger for the second it will "fire" and seat the rivet. Different from my friend's, but works fine for the job!
Both required just a little pressure to hold in place when seating a rivet, but are not near as hard to use as a hand riveter. I have not seated many rivets but have yet to end up with a loose rivet.
HF has two models...one green and one blue. My friend had a blue one, so that is what I bought. It's Item # 93458 i has 4 nose pieces for different size rivets.
3/16" Air Hydraulic Riveter