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Old 19-05-2010, 07:43   #16
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I had a problem with my rotator cuff a couple of years back and bought the Milwaukee 28v unit and a winch bit from the winchbit people. It worked a treat. My shoulder is ok now so only use it ocasionally for winching but find it great when I do use it. So I probably should use it more. I do not because it is not waterproof like the new one Steve W mentioned. But what I find really great is having a half inch drive right angle cordless drill on the boat when I need to drill through stainless!! Not sure if the Winch rite could do that. One thing I do not like about the Milwaukee is I could only get a 110v charger for it. Luckily I have a 110v inverter and a transformer when sitting dockside. Tried to get a 220 one but the USA office couldn't help me and europe never responded to my emails.

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Old 19-05-2010, 08:07   #17
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I have the Milwaukee 28v on our 40' sloop. It is definitely not overkill. I can stall the drill if I'm not careful. I don't think anything less powerful would work at all. Our halyard winch is tucked up under the dodger so rain hasn't been an issue. I don't want to get it wet though.
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Old 19-05-2010, 20:21   #18
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Thanks all...28 volts on the way!
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Old 19-05-2010, 21:36   #19
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Milwaukee 0721-21 V28 Right Angle Drill Kit at Tools Plus

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Old 19-05-2010, 21:44   #20
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Just adding to above. Price includes battery & charger ($160)
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Old 20-05-2010, 04:28   #21
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Just adding to above. Price includes battery & charger ($160)
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???? Link says $339
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Old 20-05-2010, 07:48   #22
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I just want to add when you buy the adapter bit there are two types on ebay the one you want is the winch bit which is more money but worth it.
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Old 20-05-2010, 08:02   #23
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???? Link says $339
That's right. I was just trying to point out that this price included battery & charger, where as some other places were quoting $279 for a "bare" tool, with out bat & ch. $160 add'l.
I guess I should have been clearer. Sorry.
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Old 20-05-2010, 10:28   #24
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I have the Milwaukee 28V drill. Previously owned the 18V version. My 28V drill will not raise the main on my 42' sloop. Has plenty of power initially but poops out at about 2/3 the way up. If I wait a couple of minutes, the drill seems to "recover" and works well trimming the genoa, etc. Anybody else have this experience? My theory is perhaps the battery is defective or over-heating. I never had this experience with the 18V version.
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Old 21-05-2010, 09:26   #25
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Rodney K, It might be the drill motor, but.....

Using only your strong arms, with no mechanical aids, how hard is it to raise the main? The reason I ask is that, in every case where I am presented this issue, most folks haven't serviced their halyard sheaves in a long time, or there is excessive friction in the luff track. The sheaves should rotate easily and the luff glide smoothly up the mast. Try a can of Tri-Flon or similar lubricant and try to identify where the friction is lurking. The drill motor should have more than sufficient oomph to do the job, several times.
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Roy, Thanks for your response. I can raise the main by hand, no problem. I did have the masthead sheaves looked at by a rigger. The last third is a little harder but by then you're lifting most of the weight of the sail. The 18V drill version would raise the main several times.
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Old 21-05-2010, 13:18   #27
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Popular item...everybody is on back order, except the premium priced sellers. And everybody says late June.
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we used the Milwaukee for years and really liked it, especially if Susan had to haul me up the mast. The 28 volt strained on more than one occasion and i don't think from my experience that I would consider a lower voltage. We actually don't need ours anymore with the trawler, if you want to PM me we could discuss it.
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Old 21-05-2010, 14:29   #29
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Jim, I guess I have never timed it. I stick it in the charger then go off and do something else. Maybe someone else can answer.
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