2-13-18. 2 hours spent.
Everyone talks about tools. You need to have the right tools to do the job. Luckily, I teach sheet metal classes at SIU, so I have access to a pretty complete set of tools. This is a big help to the budget. However, I realized I was going to need a sheet dimpler to finish the kit. The cheap version was sold by Avery tools (no longer in business), and now costs $250 from Aircraft Spruce. The expensive version is called the DRDT-2, and cost $450 from Aircraft Spruce. I like the looks of the DRDT-2, but $450 is 8% of the cost of my project.
I started out to design my own dimpler, similar in principle to the DRDT-2. I got all the drawings done, and the steel in my Speedy Metals (.com) shopping cart when I saw an ad on Barnstormers for a $500 tools set that included the Avery Tools dimpler and a lot of other very nice tools I don’t need. I bought the lot, and paid $550 with shipping. They arrived this evening, and I am pleased as punch!
Here are the tools I intend to keep:
- The important sheet dimpler
- About 200 copper clecos and 400 silver clecos. You can NEVER have too many.
- Dimple Die Sets
- A bucking bar that I don’t already have.
- An Avery Swivel Flush Rivet Set (looks interesting).
- A sheet edger.
- A lonely cleco pliers (there were 2 in the set – and I don’t have a pair with a blue handle).
The good news is that these tools are for sale. I will be posting them on the Vans Air Force classified site as soon as my login is approved. They seem to be moving there. This is what I will post:
“I have a pretty complete set of tools, and recently stumbled into a good condition Avery RV builder’s tool set. I now have the following items for sale.
- Avery Pneumatic Rivet Squeezer w/3″ yoke and #3, #4 dimple dies ($400)
- Avery 3X rivet Gun w/straight #3 and Double Dogleg #4 rivet set ($150)
- Sioux Palm Drill w/key, #21, #30, and #40 drill bits and stop spring set. ($200)
- Microstop Countersink and 3-8? bits. ($40)
- 100 silver Clecos ($30)
- 100 copper Clecos ($30)
- Pair of Bucking Bars ($25)
- 4 Spring Cleco clamps, a few black, and a few gold clecos ($15)
- Cleco Pliers ($5)
- Misc small stuff. Sets, deburring tools, drill bits, etc. ($15)
All are guaranteed to work. Instead of selling it all piece by piece at about $900, I would prefer to sell it all to one buyer for $620 (the exact amount I have in it) plus shipping. If this is still here a week after listing, I will “part out” the individual pieces to whoever indicated interest in those items first.
Note – the drill has “MORRIS” engraved on it.”
You will notice that I paid $550 with shipping for my set, and that I said I have $620 in it. That is because the set didn’t come with the Sioux Palm drill. I got that at a pawn shop four years ago after a wealthy SIU sheet metal student decided to pawn it. I paid $70. I like the drill a lot, BUT about 3 years ago, I won a Pan American Tool palm drill with reverse as a door prize at a aircraft mechanic competition. It is almost identical in size and weight, except it has the thumb reverse. It is also much quieter. I like it better, and haven’t used my Sioux drill pretty much since. I figure the kit will sell better with the Sioux drill in it, so I added it, a few drill bits, and a Harbor Freight spring loaded center punch that were also in my box. If I sell it all at once, I will have the tools in the first picture for free. If I sell it out piecemeal, I’ll have the tools and make money. I will return here and let you know how this goes in a few days.
Update as of 2-15-2018
After less than 3 hours online, the tools are SOLD. My zero cost tools are truly zero cost! Should I have asked for more? Nah – lets just take the win and grin.