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About to begin building my kit far away from my home base and shop. Compressed air is not an option here and the notion of popping all those rivets by hand is not appealing.
There are a number of electric pop rivet drill/guns available but I noted that Zenith modifies the tips on the manual and pneumatic tools they offer.
I did not find a battery operated tool offered by Zenith and wanted to ask the Zenith Builder's group if anyone has successfully modified the tip that comes with the battery operated gun to work as Zenith intended? If yes, which gun and what steps did you take to accomplish the task?
Interesting! I definitely machined a deeper dome.
That really make me want to get one direct from zenith to make sure that I’ve machined mine to a good shape!
I attempted it twice and an the second attempt, I only just hit the cavity. I’ll post a photo of my “good” nose pieces tonight.
I wonder if mine are too deep?
Zenith sell the nose pieces that fit the Milwaukee, I think it is the same ones that fit the air gun.
Hello David, this Astro blind rivet adapter works well using The Zenith rivet nose tips. Hope this helps.
Zenith rivet nose tip and drill adapter.
After pulling a rivet, do you have to manually reverse the drill to release the mandrel/stem from the jaws?
With the Milwaukee, when you release the trigger, it automatically reverses to release the mandrel/stem.
Yes Sir, you are correct but it really is not much effort to release the mandrel. It seems to do a good job.
Mike, the Grapow gun listed above from Amazon is a full cycle gun that pulls, pops and then resets automatically. Dropping the stem. No need to reverse the gun. Seems a good value for $149.
The Girapow Cordless rivet gun is available at an attractive price point. It seems like a good deal; but, there are a couple things I took into consideration:
I hope the Girapow tool is a great success and that we get to hear more about it as the Zenith builders put them to the test.