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drill press hack repurpose

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#1 backyardtinker OFFLINE  

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 08:14 PM

Here is a handy tip for what to do with your obsolete cordless drill. When it becomes less smart to buy a battery for your old drill than to replace it, what do you do with the drill? I had an older craftsman 3/8 cordless that needed a battery. The price of the new battery was more than what it was worth VS. buying a new drill with more power/ longer run time, etc. I hated to throw the whole thing away so I hung onto it. Then one day I bought a new bench top 10" drill press with a 5/8" chuck. Of course with that size chuck, you cant put any bits in it under a certain size, I think it somewhere around 1/8" or so or less. That's when I new what to do with my old drill. I took it apart and removed the chuck from it ( which was a MUCH more difficult job than I thought it would be....) After using a hack saw to cut through the chuck input shaft, I got it out eventually. The shaft measure about 3/8" or so but I didn't measure it. The chuck now fits into the drill press chuck and I can use the tiny bits in the drill press. Here is a pic...

 

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 08:18 PM

Sweet,

 

We would all love to see some pics if you have them.

 

It's always good to repurpose a piece of equipment.

 

regardless of what it is.


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 09:20 PM

Sweet,

 

We would all love to see some pics if you have them.

 

It's always good to repurpose a piece of equipment.

 

regardless of what it is.

That is the only picture I have. I didn't think to take any of the disassembly. It really was a tough battle to get the chuck out. You apparently need a special tool to do it the right way so cutting, grinding etc. is the only way I could do it. Pretty much a prison break type extraction.....just break everything but the chuck.


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 10:44 PM

sorry about the double post


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 11:46 PM

Good thinking, I'll have to keep it in mind
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Posted September 28, 2015 - 03:28 AM

Another use is to remove the battery.  Attach by soldering two wires to the battery contact points. A heavy zip cord or lamp cord will work. Make the cord at least 6' long.   On the other end attach two alligator clips, or use replacement clips for a battery charger.  Attach the two clips to a good 12 V battery and your drill is back working again.  Good for light duty drilling or other attachments.  Can be hooked up to a battery charger also.


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Posted September 28, 2015 - 05:03 AM

sorry about the double post

NP :)



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Posted September 28, 2015 - 07:00 AM

  Mine still worked but couldn't find replacement batts. So I keep it w/ the remaining good batt in the camper to raise and lower the stabilizer jacks w/ a 3/8" socket adapter and a 3/4" socket.

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Posted September 29, 2015 - 07:32 AM

Neat idea. Wished I could make a 90* angle head out of one.

 

Mount them in a homemade power wheels car/go cart for a kid and hook to a 12V tractor battery.

Wonder how many it would take to make and electric GT :loosing_it:


Edited by TAHOE, September 29, 2015 - 08:04 AM.





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