- Apr 1, 2007
- NorthEastern, VT
- Kubota L3010DT, Kubota M5640SUD, Dresser TD7G Dozer
I myself like the little special bolts over rivets as well. That said I have not been around a double acting sickle cutter like yours either as of all mine have been single acting with traditional rock guards. I can see where rivets just might have some advantages where clearances are tight on a double action unit.
When I was a kid I watched my uncle do many and while he had the fancy tool that uses a wrench he would only use that when he was doing a section replacement when the bar was still in the combine or hay cutter. When the bar was out he always used a hammer and big chunk of scrap steel as an improvised anvil as he much preferred that over the tool. He would use the backside of a big vise as an improvised anvil as well when a workbench was an option when the repairs happened at home instead of a far away field. My uncle always said the key to setting rivets was to make sure the very first hammer blow was a real big one. This would insure the rivet shaft was swelled down in there and fill all the imperfections within the hole. A bunch of little ticky tack light hammer blows that simply mashed the very end of the rivet over and the rivot will be loose in no time and shear.