Home > VansAirForceForums

-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
w/a Donation

VAF on Twitter:

Old 07-28-2022, 08:45 PM
RV6_flyer's Avatar
RV6_flyer RV6_flyer is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: NC25
Posts: 4,188

Originally Posted by fixnflyguy View Post
John, you are fairly close to me at 8A7, and I have an RV-4 that I built, my next door neighbor has built an -8 and a-7. We may be able to show you what you need , and recommend various options. I am also in Moorsville occasionally at Miller Airpark or on Lake Norman. Lots of builders in the region, several RV's at 8A7 where I'm based.
Bill E. three three six-202-0574.
I am also near by (NC25) and can do the same things as Bill. My RV-6 is flying and I have an RV-8 project. I have almost all the tools that were used to build the RV-6 and purchased additional nice to have tools for the RV-8.

I did buy some ATS dimple dies early on. They are no were near the quality that Cleaveland and or Avery provided. I no longer have them as I found them too soft and they were discarded.

My RV-6 will be 25-years old in September. I have been trying to spend my airplane tool money where it goes back into the RV aircraft community. It may have been about 30-years ago, but Cleaveland Aircraft Tools founder built an award winning RV-4.
Gary A. Sobek
NC25 RV-6
3,500+ hours
Where is N157GS
Building RV-8 S/N: 80012

To most people, the sky is the limit.
To those who love aviation, the sky is home.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2022, 04:54 AM
swift12 swift12 is offline
Join Date: May 2021
Location: Palmerston North
Posts: 246

Originally Posted by David Paule View Post
Agreed. Of those, I'd put Cleaveland best for some things like the dies, Brown and The Yardstore both good for lots of things, ATS good for things the other stores might not carry, and Spruce handy for a few others.

I bought a Sioux drill this week from the Yardstore, same price as Brown and cheaper than the others, and free shipping. The Yardstore has always treated me very well indeed, and I'm just some guy.

P.S. The drill.... I had three, one borrowed. That one needed to be returned after a decade. My ancient Ingersol developed an annoying leak, so I ordered the Sioux.
Agreed….yard store is quite handy. I would not be put off buying a few of their second hand tools although my older sh Sioux 3x from them does not have the trigger control of the brand new 2x Sioux I bought. I figured2x would do most jobs on my 7 and I’m not wrong. The 3x good for those larger rivets.

I just bought an angle drill head for my electric drill from ATS and to be honest I think it’s great quality.
2022 dues paid gratefully. great site for help and info.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2022, 06:48 AM
walldan's Avatar
walldan walldan is offline
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Spencer, Wisconsin
Posts: 107

Originally Posted by Jslow2 View Post
I recently, within a year, bought wedgelock clecos. Not sure about the rules on posting links to non paid advertiser suppliers though. As I recall they were around $0.75 each
I have had good luck with some of the standard consumables. For example they recently had the same 6” 3M cut and buff wheels that Vans and others sell on sale for much cheaper. I was going to post it here, but didn’t know if that was frowned upon.

Mechanical Engineer
Build Status - Collecting tools and impatiently waiting…
Volunteer Firefighter/EMT
Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2022, 08:14 AM
Rick_A's Avatar
Rick_A Rick_A is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 1,655
Default Good maintenance tools

ATS has good maintenance tools. Compression testers, Mag timings buzz box, brake bleeder (alternative to DIY version), etc.
Rick Aronow,
Flying 7A Slider;
Jacksonville, FL
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:32 PM.

The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.