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mason1800
08-27-2007, 11:29 AM
do anyone have a bolt cutter rivet squeezer they dont need anymore? i will purchase it for a decent price. if you have both rivet squeezers i will take them(for short and long rivets)

thanks for looking..

tlillard23
08-27-2007, 11:39 AM
what are you using them for? they are easy to make, or you can borrow mine.

grammaton76
08-27-2007, 12:22 PM
Probably for an AK build, since he referenced bolt cutters.

I didn't know there was a bolt cutter based tool for doing the long rivets... thought you hand tool guys used hammers and backing blocks for that.

Best of luck in your quest.

thedrickel
08-27-2007, 12:27 PM
Yeah I don't think there are any for the long rivets either. Ball peen hammer & bucking bar in the vise. A dash of sledgehammer, and voila!

zenthemighty
08-27-2007, 2:14 PM
How big of a yoke is needed for the long rivets?

mason1800
08-27-2007, 5:14 PM
yeah it's for an ak, i once saw a bolt cutter sized up for the long rivets but i cant remember where. and yeah if i can borrow them, im will gladly pay for the use and shipping if i have to get them delivered.

im only building one kit for now. thats kinda why i didn't want to pay over 60 bucks for a one time use. and still have to worry about the long rivets.

thanks everybody for all the help.

MustangO4
08-27-2007, 8:05 PM
I have one of the bolt cutter ones I made. If you're in San Diego, you can borrow it. Shoot me an email.

tlillard23
08-27-2007, 11:17 PM
Sheeeit, find harbor freight!!! They will ship a pair to you for $25. (guess, I bought mine foir $18) You don't need a real big set, I think "mines an 18""
heheheeeheeeeeee :D

mason1800
08-27-2007, 11:22 PM
i might just do that. getting anxious on finishing my build. i just didn't want to screw up the cutters. i guess going slow and steady should do the job on shaping the cutter. here are the pictures i spoke about earlier....

http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z257/mason1800/short.jpg
http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z257/mason1800/long.jpg

grammaton76
08-28-2007, 1:26 PM
I didn't want to wait up for HF, so I did home depot when I did mine. They just serve as backup now, in the event of critical press failure.

tlillard23
08-28-2007, 2:27 PM
Yea, that's what I did. and I still took too much off the bolt cutters. Took out too much in the middle near the pivot point. Now the pivot pin(?) falls out if I don't hold them 'just-so. But they still work. 4 builds, and a few extra rivets later. Unfortunatly, no pictures, all the builds were lost in a tragic boating accident....

I don't think you can really mess up the cutters.

grammaton76
08-28-2007, 7:23 PM
I don't think you can really mess up the cutters.

Actually, if you remove too much material, it's possible to have the thinner of the two jaws shear off. I've heard more than just a few reports of this. I think the easy way to greatly reduce the risk, is supposed to be heat treatment, but I'm not sure how exactly you're supposed to do it or to what degree.

mason1800
08-29-2007, 12:21 AM
From what I understand, they are already heat treated, but while grinding them, you would have to go slowly and not over heat the metal and make it weak.

Do anyone have some specs i can use?

thedrickel
08-29-2007, 12:25 AM
http://i15.tinypic.com/645fmmr.jpg

(not my picture)

I've *heard* they break if you grind 'em too thin. :innocent:

mason1800
08-29-2007, 12:32 AM
Hey Drikle, this is nice! except i cant read the thickness of the thinner jaw!