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Removing Rivets from frame
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 Posted: Sun Oct 27th, 2019 12:36 am
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Was thinking, I'm going to take my bed off this winter for a number of reasons. My shackles are not "that bad" but while I have the bed off I could put on a set I bought from Adam here at F-R avoiding doing it in a couple years.

It might take a while with my 1/4" die grinder and a 3" cutoff wheel, what are you pros using to remove the original rivets with?



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4.5" grinder with grinding wheel (not cut off wheel)
Grind the rivet head down flat until you can see the circle of the hole through the frame. Then one punch with hammer and punch and the rivet is out.
Takes seconds, not minutes this way



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Torches work great but a cut off wheel on a grinder will get the job done



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Adam, I'm doing this at home so no torch access unfortunately.

Anyone got a picture of a 4.5" grinder?



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ah the blue wrench! I love my torch but I'm much better with a grinder....need more torch time.
I have two grinders one corded and my new favorite is the dewalt brushless 20V.....so   handy

grinder is one of my most used tools I had a black and decker for years....then I killed it. Got a makita killed it. Got a hitachi killed it. Then I learned that tile setters use a brand called "metabo" and I bought one. Holy crap! The metabo spinds at like twice the speed. You cant kill the Metabo. So if you want a corded angle grinder get a metabo they are super super awesome. Like life changing awesome, anytime somebody asks "what brand grinder" I get to jump in and tell this story. Metabo makes all others look WEAK!!



Otherwise the dewalt battery powered does most jobs and is one of my fav tools. the dewalt stuff I have been beating on and beating on.... no more cords!!

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Jim, the 4.5" angle grinder with a grinder wheel is what I used when I did mine a few years ago. I ground off the head of the rivet & then just used a punch & drove the rest of the rivet out of the frame, & bolted on the new ones, just like Jamie suggested above.



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