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Ouch: Or why a drill with more torque isn't necessarily good

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 2307 days ago 816 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a utility table for the back shed today, used a 6’ length of bowling alley, 6×4 doug fir legs. I was originally going to do mortise and tenon joints in the doug fir legs, but had a few issues.

The lesson which hurt most: My Festool C12 cordless drill in low range gearing has a lot of torque. Way more than my DeWalt wall powered drill. Enough to really hurt my wrist when the 1¼” Irwin Speedbore drill bit binds and rips the drill out of my hands.

Made a quick trip out, got another 6×4, and just used lots of glue and screws to finish up the table. Pictures coming shortly, but be careful with those drills.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke



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cajunpen

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#1 posted 2307 days ago

Sounds like you have learned a lot about your tool today. Glad it wasn’t a more expensive lesson. That torque is nothing to play with.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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itsme_timd

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#2 posted 2307 days ago

I used to work for Milwaukee Tool and they made a drill that they claimed cause them a couple lawsuits a year from tossing guys off rooftops! You’re right, extra torque is not always good. However I wouldn’t mine trading in my DeWalt for a Festool!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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GaryK

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#3 posted 2307 days ago

Lots of newer tools have a lot more torque than older ones!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 2307 days ago

They can be real mean, that’s why I like my Dewalt, it has an extra handle that makes it safer.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dan Lyke

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#5 posted 2307 days ago

Dick, I was thinking about that (as I was trying to extract the bit from the wood…) and wondered if I wanted a more powerful drill with an extra handle on it, or whether that’d just mean I’d have two sore wrists…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 2307 days ago

The extra handle sure helps, you can adjust it in different positions for your comfort.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Brad_Nailor

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#7 posted 2307 days ago

I used to do phone and cable TV rough ins in new construction. We used a 1/2” Milwaukee right angle drill with a large screw tip bit. I have seen guys knocked off ladders, smacked in the face, drills spinning right out of your hands and hitting you in the lower leg. All it would take is a knot, or a large nail and lookout! Its a tough lesson but luckily you only got a sore wrist.

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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bayspt

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#8 posted 2306 days ago

David, Been there before when I was a metal head. Same drill in 3/4” stainless steel. Lets just say it wasn’t the “lower leg” it hit me in. I certainly feel y’all’s pain.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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GaryCN

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#9 posted 2305 days ago

Re I used to work for Milwaukee Tool and they made a drill that they claimed cause them a couple lawsuits a year from tossing guys off rooftops! You’re right, extra torque is not always good.

I have a 12V & 14V Milwaukee drill. The 14V has plenty of torque.IThe 12V is over 10 years old
and still has good performance. I would rate them tops. I have a useless Ryobi that you can’t
find a battery for that is about only 5 years old. It sits in my junk power tools bin.

I use a 1/2 corded Milwaukee to mix drywall mud & concrete morta, It will throw you if you
are not very carefull.

Milwaukee will always be my first choice for a cordless drill.,they are far better than anything else
that I have used. I still have a 12V battery over 10 years old that still works.

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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