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Old 05-22-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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Breaking / riveting a chain?

Is it alright (safe and just as strong) to use a ball peen hammer and a punch to rivet a master link on a chain? Got an RK x-link chain and didn't realize I needed special tools to do it.

If I use the angle grinder / hammer method, would it be just as good? Or should I just fork up and buy the tool?
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:01 PM   #2
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I would buy the tool, that way the rivets seat right, on the link. using a hammer will work but idk abt ur accuracy, could and will bend the rivet if hit @ the wrong angle
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:28 PM   #3
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just buy the tool it will pay for its self
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:14 AM   #4
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One wrong hit and you will have a tight spot in the chain forever. Even if you put the x-ring crush protectors in it. Buy the tool. I am sure your friends will appreciate it, too.

I bought the RK tool kit. It works great.
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I used the puller but to install I used a C-clamp we had around the shop.

The puller works flawlessly; Im glad I bought one a couple years ago just to have
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I have the kit that removes the rivet and also presses the new rivet in the correct manner. It is just much simpler that way.
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