What is the difference between your C-Frame and the others?

Q:    I plan to order a C-frame tool. My question is why does your tool have a .401hole in the base as opposed to your competition which has a .187 hole in the base? It would appear that the .187 hole would accept rivet squeezer tooling and dimple dies which would be desirable. Hope you can enlighten me on this.

A:    Ours does have a .401 hole in the bottom so it will accept any rivet set for riveting with the tool, this is a feature that no other c-frame out there has.  And you are correct, 95% of the time you will be using it with dimple dies.  We supply with the c-frame a .401 set with a 3/16" hole in the end for using them.  All of our competition supplies a stand off with a 3/16 hole in one end and a 3/16" prong on the other.  This setup is inherently sloppy due to the clearance required by the straight shanks.  When you hit the ram the standoff wants to squirt out sideways.  With ours the radius on the .401 shank tends to make it center itself and keep everything perfectly aligned.  Another key advantage of ours is the base is 6061-T6 aluminum channel anodized black and the arm and front plate are powder coated.  This means that they are adjustable if the unit is dropped or becomes misaligned for any other reason.  All of the competition either paints or powder coats theirs in one piece so to adjust you have to scrape paint off the thing.  The reamed bronze bushings that guide the ram are found on a few other models and very necessary to keep good alignment.

 

© Cleaveland Aircraft Tool 03-12-01
http://www.cleavelandtool.com/faq/faq_c-frame.htm