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Forum topic by zzzzdoc posted 03-11-2010 05:07 AM 1092 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2010 05:07 AM

I remember seeing this hint somewhere, but I can’t figure out how to get a square peg in a round hole.

The handle of my jointer/planer needs a large number of turns to convert from jointing to planing mode. I remember seeing a hint somewhere where someone took a socket and somehow had an extension on it that fit an electric drill. That way he could use the drill to turn the handle.

My handle has an 18mm center nut. I easily found 18mm sockets for either 3/8” or 1/2” ratchet drive sets. But I can’t find something to adapt the socket or extension that is small enough to fit in the chuck of a drill.

Does anyone know the trick / necessary adapter?

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#1 posted 03-11-2010 05:11 AM

Check Hardware stores, Auto Parts stores or even pawn shops. At my local pawn shop I picked up a set of hex-end adapters for my drill. 3 of them to adapt to sockets, 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drive. One of the handiest finds I ever picked up. One of those odd little tools you don’t know why you’d need till something like this comes up.

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#2 posted 03-11-2010 05:14 AM

Harbor freight has a set of three for a couple of bucks.

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 05:22 AM

You wouldn’t have the Harbor Freight part number would you? A search on their web site didn’t turn up anything.

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 05:26 AM

Ah, just found it. Thanks.

Harbor Freight Hex Drill Socket Extensions

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#5 posted 03-11-2010 05:33 PM

Use a 3/8” extension and simply cut off the female end that attaches to the ratchet handle. A cheap pawn shop extension will work fine. 1/2” works also if you have a half inch chuck on your drill.

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