12 Volt drill.Not cordless!

Submitted: Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 10:40
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In my wisdom? I purchased a B&D 18volt cordless drill[llithium battery] to load/unload my tinnie from Custom Boat Loader.
I found however that unload OK.Load only about half way and battery dies.
This creates lots of problems.No 220volt to recharge in bush, just one,load unload a second time ,out of the question.Use winch manually impossible!
A second battery from B&D .more expensive than the drill.!!
Would any kind person have knowledge of a 12 volt corded drill that could be used from vehicle battery ?? I cannot find one .Many thanks Murranji
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Reply By: Rosss - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 10:46

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 10:46
Hook 2 wires to the battery terminals on the drill, with the engine running you should have about 14.4 volts, plug into anderson plug and the drill will work fine.

Cheers Ross.
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Follow Up By: DesF - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 16:06

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 16:06
Did the same with my old arlec 12v, really good drill but batteries died. wired it up with hella plug to match the fridge sockets , and it really sings, use it for van legs etc, magic. .
Have a Hella socket with battery clips connected , can use it on any vehicle ,
Use 6mm wires or heavier.
Cheers. Des.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 14:46

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 14:46
Most newer drills have a low voltage cut out and 14.4v may be a bit low for an 18v drill.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 10:49

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 10:49
I have fitted one of my old 14.4 volt drills with a lead and an Anderson plug. The lead is about 3 metres of 8BS cable and as I have Anderson plugs front and rear of the Fourby and front and rear of the camper this allow me to reach almost anywhere I am likely to need to drill a hole. I thought that the lower voltage may be a bit of a problem but seems to work ok for me. It has also be used by others and did the job.
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Reply By: auzinomad - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 11:07

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 11:07
At the local recycling yard I picked up a 12v drill minus battery.
I simply connected a lead to the battery terminals in the handle and cut off the battery cradle.
I have an extension lead that I can use for the solar and it doubles up as a drill extension lead as well.

I also use the drill on low speed to raise or lower the van legs.

Too easy.
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Reply By: KSV - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 11:32

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 11:32
This is damn wonderful idea! I have few cordless drill at home that sitting in draw because lack of batteries (as OT noted sometimes battery more expense then drill). So I just will make an adapter and will have in-bush drill! Thanks for hint.

To OT problem:

You did not tell us what battery capacity your using. If it is "light" battery (common for el-chepo stuff) then there is no wonder that it cannot perform. You still can get battery relatively cheap - ebay is your friend. Or you can make own super size pack. Just be aware - cheap chanize sells that claim to be 5000mah actually at the best do 500mah. Get Panasonic or Sanyo ones.

You can get inverter to charge your drill relatively easy.

Why do not make permanent installation using light-duty winch? They not that expensive - definitely on par with good drill.

Find old drill - 12V NiCad is preferable one, you can get one cheap enough without battery on garage sale on from CashConverter - and permanently wire it to cord.

Good Luck!
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Reply By: robertm - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:38

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:38
I just bought a 12v Milwaukee to run off my battery but have not yet hooked it up.

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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:51

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:51
I cut a dead battery open then discarded the cells drilled a hole for wire and soldered to the terminals with an anderson plug on the end then filled the empty case with builders bog and stuck the bottom on that I had sawn off. I use my solar panel cable as a lead.
The lead also doubles to fire up the compressor as well. It has andersons on both ends
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:58

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 12:58
Ryobi One plus (or the other way round) has a charger powered from 12v ciggy socket if you are in the market for a new drill etc.
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Reply By: murranji - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:58

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 21:58
What a wonderful response to my query.I shall try a trick or two and see how I get on...Thank you all Murranji
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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 05:41

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 05:41
My husband tried out a cheap 12v drill for loading/unloading our boat (Rhino side loader) and had the same problem however since buying a better quality Hitachi brand drill, has no problems with battery running flat.
In between uses we either charge the battery using a 150w. inverter when away from power or wait until we are in a powered site.
(The inverter can be plugged into the vehicle 12v point/cigarette lighter and charging can happen when travelling if you dont have any 12v points elsewhere.)
However I realise this is not a cheap option - just thought i would let you know what works for us.

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Follow Up By: murranji - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 20:23

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 20:23
Thanks Heather.I never thought a 150 watt inverter would be able to charge battery.Would be handy for other uses too.Again thanks Murranji
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Reply By: brushmarx - Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 12:48

Monday, Jan 07, 2013 at 12:48
Taking the chance of sounding moronic, would a battery drill connected to a 12 volt car battery be powerful enough to turn a small propeller for pushing a tinnie or kayak around in calm wate?.
A bracket to hang over the back of the boat would be pretty simple to knock up, and the all purpose drill could add marine propulsion to it's list of uses. Hook up two drills for twin engines....... nah, probably not.
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