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Forum topic by Brett posted 07-28-2011 05:19 PM 2226 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2011 05:19 PM

What’s the purpose of the side handle on a hand drill like this?

Presumable I’m holding the drill with one hand and cranking with the other. Does the side handle allow me to use the drill the same way as a breast drill?

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#1 posted 07-28-2011 06:39 PM

That would be my guess. The one I have doesn’t have the side handle on it.

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#2 posted 07-28-2011 07:14 PM

Makes it easier to pick up if you drop it on the floor ;)

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#3 posted 07-28-2011 11:15 PM

If you have ever used a hand drill very much you will find yourself using it like a breast drill from time to time when in awkward positions and when trying to get some extra pressure when using a large drill bit. I’m pretty sure that is why its there.

Planeman

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#4 posted 07-28-2011 11:34 PM

My guess is that is more of a feature or option to be used as a selling point. Guys like gadgets. More gagets must be better. I double checked the bible (watson ) and he was silent on the topic both in the description of the hand drill and in it’s operation.

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#5 posted 07-28-2011 11:40 PM

Maybe a place to put your foot for some extra leverage. Make sure your shoe is tied.

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#6 posted 07-29-2011 09:28 AM

^^^ LOL

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#7 posted 07-29-2011 10:26 AM

What, you guys only have 2 hands?

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#8 posted 07-30-2011 06:00 AM

I usually hold mine in my mouth so I can sight down it for a straight hole. I crank with my right hand and use that little handle for my left since I don’t need it for anything while drilling. That keeps it out of trouble ;-)) You guys know what an idle hand will get into, I’m sure!!

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#9 posted 07-30-2011 06:03 AM

Yea, idle hands resulting on extra ebay bids…. lol

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#10 posted 07-30-2011 06:09 AM

well, if you hold it with your mouth, put your foot on the left handle, crank with the right, you can still be bidding on ebay. Wayne, you better wait until your leg is fully healed.

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#11 posted 07-30-2011 06:11 AM

I put a hold on ebay…. lol Need to focus on projects.

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