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Re: Air Hammer

To: Rush <>
Subject: Re: Air Hammer
From: Jim Juhas <>
Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2005 23:35:23 -0500
Slightly off the topic, and not answering the question you asked, I have a
suggestion for a neat alternative.  Aircraft Tool Supply (and others, I'm sure)
sell rivet guns that hammer a rivet against a bucking bar.  REAL rivets, not pop
rivets.  I bought one of these to use on my Cobra project.

The biggest difference between these guns and the impact hammers from HF is that
the rivet guns have a teasing trigger.  It controls like an accelerator, slow to
fast, low to high impact.  While essential for riveting, I found that with
cutting heads in particular these give superior control over your task.

ATS brands are currently on sale for $100 or less.  I think they have their
least expensive one available for $85.

Rush wrote:

> I picked up an air hammer from Horrible Freight yesterday and the power
> is dismal. I tried to use it to bust some tie rod ends and it wouldn't
> budge them. The impact force feels about the same as taking an 12 oz
> hammer and letting it freefall about two inches. It's been about 20
> years since I used an air hammer, but I remember then trying to shake
> themselves right out of your hands. Is it defective? Am I expecting too
> much of an HF tool? Am I using it wrong?
> It is item 47868. Normally $29.99, it was on sale for $9.99.
> Jon

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