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Old 08-04-2016, 02:31   #1
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Milwaukee 0721 angle drill

I'm really tempted to buy one of these to help with sail furling. However being in Europe I have to import one and so can't see the thing before buying. In particular I want to be sure it will not be too heavy for my wife, who is not strong, to use. Does anyone know what this machine weighs? Milwaukee have been distinctly unhelpful.
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Milwaukee 0721 angle drill

If this is the 28 V one, it isn't light, I don't know the weight and have no way to measure it, but if weight is a concern, I'd be sure to get the cranker bit, which replaces the chuck and cuts down on the weight a lot. Normally a bit of course goes into the chuck, so you have the weight of both right on the end.
I'd guess it's about 5 kg? But that is a guess.
It takes both hands to insert and remove it, but once there it hangs in the winch just like a regular handle of course so your only dealing with the weight putting it in and removing it.


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Re: Milwaukee 0721 angle drill

#0721-20 weighs 8.6 Lbs.
#0721-21 weighs 10.9 Lbs
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Re: Milwaukee 0721 angle drill

One think to consider is the charging system it is probably 110V.
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I have 2 in the workshop, best investment so far.....
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One think to consider is the charging system it is probably 110V.
It is, and while it may exist, I haven't seen a 12VDC one.
Good point.
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There is a charger for 220 v/ac to.
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Re: Milwaukee 0721 angle drill

I have one but have loaned it to a friend. It is heavy, but once locked into the winch, the drill is supported by the winch. Your wife would just need to watch her balance when moving the machine to the winch and inserting it, but it locks in place. My Milwaukee (called a cinch winch) turns in both directions with the flip of a switch in the case. I think mine was 18V. The battery is detachable and it comes with a charger, which plugged into a 110V system. I have two batteries. Two batteries allowed me to raise my buddy to the masthead to change the light bulb, etc. One battery could get him to the top set of spreaders, the second batter to the masthead.

Good machine. Kept it in a little gym-bag like zippered container to keep spray out/off.
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I'm really tempted to buy one of these to help with sail furling. However being in Europe I have to import one and so can't see the thing before buying. In particular I want to be sure it will not be too heavy for my wife, who is not strong, to use. Does anyone know what this machine weighs? Milwaukee have been distinctly unhelpful.
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Great comments so far as its a really good tool.

I think your wife has to find some way to try it.... I think its not really for weak people.
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I have one but have loaned it to a friend. It is heavy, but once locked into the winch, the drill is supported by the winch. Your wife would just need to watch her balance when moving the machine to the winch and inserting it, but it locks in place. My Milwaukee (called a cinch winch) turns in both directions with the flip of a switch in the case. I think mine was 18V. The battery is detachable and it comes with a charger, which plugged into a 110V system. I have two batteries. Two batteries allowed me to raise my buddy to the masthead to change the light bulb, etc. One battery could get him to the top set of spreaders, the second batter to the masthead.

Good machine. Kept it in a little gym-bag like zippered container to keep spray out/off.

Your batterys are toasted , we can do 2 masts in one battery..
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There is a charger for 220 v/ac to.
There is also a 12v charger that will replenish the batteries (at least our 18v batteries) in about 1-1/2 hours. Our "electric winch handle" is now 10+ years old and just keeps going and going. We're on our 3rd set of batteries but they are worth the investment. When getting a heavy workout, one battery is on the 12v charger while the other is in use so we're (almost) always good to go.

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Re: Milwaukee 0721 angle drill

The older and maybe the 18V were I think Ni-cad batteries.
Newer "M" batteries are I believe Li-Ion, and I believe the capacity is much higher.
The reference to 110VAC charge or 220VAC for that matter is of course the requirement for an inverter to recharge, so if you don't have AC power on the boat, that is something else to buy.
At least I think that is why it was brought up
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Re: Milwaukee 0721 angle drill

Thanks everyone for your valuable information. I hadn't twigged that the weight of the drill is taken by the winch once the bit has been inserted. Obvious when you think about it.

According to the Cranker people there isn't a 12V charger for the latest generation of battery (M28) but a 220V one can be had. The UK Milwaukee rep tells me 220V chargers are also available in Europe as a spare part but has impressed on me that if I import one there will be no warranty. Is that even relevant for such a heavy duty product?


I have 220 and 110 on board so either charger will be OK.

Anyway, you've all convinced me to go ahead and buy one. Thanks to all.

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I just purchased the 0721 unit this past winter, it has been strong enough to winch my 250 pound butt 64 feet to the top of the main mast at least twice without recharging. My "admiral" at the winch is a pettite lady, and has no trouble handling the drill. As others have said, once in place, it stays there like a winch handle.

We also opted for only the winch bit in the standard chuck. Yes, it's a bit heavier but not so much that my 115 pound "admiral" can't handle it.
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Re: Milwaukee 0721 angle drill

I had the same concerns about weight so bought the WinchRite. Only 2.9 kg and nicely balanced. The included bracket makes it easy to have handy.
I also wondered about having nearly 5kg of steel to keep under control.
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