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Old 05-14-2020, 05:58 PM   #1
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Alternative to an air chisel?


Has anyone used a cordless (or corded) impact hammer or rotary hammer to remove the rivets from the exterior of their bus?

Just curious as I would rather not want to invest my limited space in an air compressor at the moment and I think a buddy of mine has a Milwaukee 18v hammer drill with a chisel bit.

Before I ask to borrow I just wanted some perspective in that approach.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-18-2020, 03:58 PM   #2
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I’ve gone the air chisel/compressor route and honestly not worth it. Get a 1” chisel (for metal obviously) and use your grinder to get it halfway decently sharp. Use that and a 2-3pound one handed sledge hammer. Two hits per rivet, it ends up being faster than the air chisel. Free work out too!
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Old 05-18-2020, 04:34 PM   #3
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We went the air chizel route as well. It was less work on my own body, but it wasn't any faster than doing it by hand. It took me 6 hours to do all the side panels on our 40' bus.
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:56 AM   #4
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Put my name in for a hand chisel, they work well. However, I have not tried an air chisel so I have no comparison.
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Old 05-19-2020, 06:51 AM   #5
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You folks are obviously doing something wrong or missing something.

Punching out the center mandrel and shearing off the head I can take the ceilings out of a 40' school bus in a couple hours total.
You can't use a tiny air compressor. You also have to press the air chisel hard against the rivets.

Hand hammering/chiseling all those sounds horrible and silly to me.
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