Best tool ever.... maybe

Submitted: Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 19:31
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Came accross an elderly fellow winding his stabiliser legs with a 12V cordless drill. The battery connection had been modified with a lengthy lead attached for connection to a 12V car battery.

I asked him about it and he reckoned it was the most useful tool he had when touring around. Someone had given it to him.

Apart from drilling and screw driving, he carried socket connections, metal and wood cutters and a grinding wheel. Also used it with a scrubber and buffer to clean windscreens, head lights etc. Did have a connection for it that could pump water but it was broken.

Any one use one of these and have any interesting uses or tales to tell?

Spade
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Reply By: Utemad - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 19:49

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 19:49
Well I have a 12v drill that I have made a lead with alligator clips for. Comes in handy plus I don't have to carry the charger and batteries.

I also have one of the water pump things. Bought it for $4 at ChickenFeed in Burnie, Tasmania.

I had to laugh when I was in the store though. I couldn't believe they sell out of date chips and biscuits there!
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 19:55

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 19:55
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Reply By: Paul from Ozroamer Camper Trailers (Hire & Sales) - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 20:22

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 20:22
They cost about $90 retail

Funny, I take a heap of them to various Camping Shows and sell few????

But I do agree they are a great little extra and take up bugger all room in a handy plastic case - with fairly long leads..
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Follow Up By: Harry - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 20:52

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 20:52
Gidaye Paul,
That's a fab tool to have in the truck so where do you hangout?
Which camping shows?
I'll check to see if you have a website as well.
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Reply By: darcla - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 20:29

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 20:29
Hi Spade , yeh ive got one an XUI from Bunnings at under $ 20 now with 12 months warranty . The best $16-95 i have ever spent , had it for over 12 months . Made & adaptor to fit where battery normally goes with lead &
alligator clips carry it everywhere with me & use it nearly every day very happy with quality . Have other tools of same brand also very happy .

Cheers Bungarra
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 22:05

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 22:05
Post a pic of that if you could? I have the same drill, the NiCad battery supplied is crap, but the drill is brilliant. Ready to replace it with a 240V drill but I hadn't even thought of running it off 12V.
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Follow Up By: darcla - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 22:38

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 22:38
Hi Spade cant send pic as my computer is like me pretty old .What i did was make a piece of pine the same shape as the terminal area of the battery screw two pieces of metal on timber with counter sunk screws attatche wires on metal & Bobs your aunt has to be neat & a good make sure you identify + & - terminals .

Cheers Bungarra
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Reply By: hoyks - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 21:18

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 21:18
I had a 9V that was wired up so I could run it off a 12V 600amp battery.

Worked a treat until the gears self destructed. It was 10 years old and the internal battery was stuffed so it was no huge loss.
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Reply By: Gerhardp1 - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 21:23

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 21:23
We used a 9.2v one and fed the 12v into it. The torque it produced was amazing - we screwed a fence together with it at Eildon.

Gerhard
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 21:35

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 21:35
I use a 12V powered socket wrench, the type used for removing wheel nuts. I tried an 18V drill but it did not have the torque to level the van once the legs took up weight (my van legs are the type that can fully support the van weight, not just stabilisers). Can also use it to remove stubborn wheel nuts, it has more torque than I can apply by hand.

But after using it several times, I find it quicker to use the manual winder, abeit with a bit more effort. At least the wife can now set it up by herself, not that its ever happened!!!

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Reply By: ROTORD - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 02:05

Friday, May 13, 2005 at 02:05
A couple of years ago I was trying to hammer some 6mm steel tent pegs into hard ground at the 80 Mile Beach park and gettng no where . Older and smarter gentleman strolled over with a cordless drill and a long auger bit and pre-drilled the holes . The pegs tapped in and held firm in a stong squall that night
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 17:04

Friday, May 13, 2005 at 17:04
I've thought about using a drill, but the managing partner has the stabilisers down then gets the kettle on while I'm popping the top and hooking up to power & water. And she doesn't need to be connected to the battery!
Max
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Reply By: tessa_51 - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 18:20

Friday, May 13, 2005 at 18:20
Just a variation on the same theme. We went away a few weeks ago with a retired auto lecko who had a seven pin socket wired up with two wires leading to alligator clips which he connected to his second battery (after removal from the truck). By plugging it into the 7 point plug on the van it allowed him to run all the 12 volt stuff in his van without being hooked up to the truck. He reckons he can get 3 or 4 days out of his battery ( can't remember the type, sorry) and he just puts it back into the cradle and hooks it up when he moves on.
Tessa
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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 21:17

Friday, May 13, 2005 at 21:17
As good as the drill idea is, the "best tool ever" has got to be a Leatherman multitool. Use mine at least 5 times a day every day.
Cheers Craig........
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