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Old 21-01-2021, 08:34   #31
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Re: New Milwaukee Drill works for large mainsail

I bought a brand new looking Milwaukee 7 amp right angle drill from a pawn shop and paired it with a Harken Drill Adapter. For less than $200 I have a pseudo powered winch. Works off of my inverter so I felt cordless wasn't necessary. Having someone hoist me up the mast in the future will be easier and unfurling/furling of the in-mast mainsail can be done when back issues flair up. Seems like it has plenty of power for my situation. Just have to be careful to not use all the way to the end of the process (switch to manual for final foot or so).

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I know it's more money but the eWincher looks like a better alternative to an electric winch. Easier to handle and safer.

https://victory-products.com/products/ewincher

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I know it's more money but the eWincher looks like a better alternative to an electric winch. Easier to handle and safer.

https://victory-products.com/products/ewincher

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Ridiculous!! At that price... it’s a complete non-starter for most sailers. And if they can afford that kind of kit... they’ve probably already got electric winches!!
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Old 22-01-2021, 13:22   #34
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I know it's more money but the eWincher looks like a better alternative to an electric winch. Easier to handle and safer.

https://victory-products.com/products/ewincher

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But my gawd the price! It's five times as expensive as the M28 Milwaukee drill and not nearly as versatile! (It can't be used as a drill).
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Re: New Milwaukee Drill works for large mainsail

I tried to buy a second hand one on this very forum but was too late and it sold quickly. In Australia they are no longer available replaced by the 18V fuel. In my search here I found that both the De Walt 139nm and Makita 145nm had more torque than the Milwauke so I ended up going with the De Walt.
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I tried to buy a second hand one on this very forum but was too late and it sold quickly. In Australia they are no longer available replaced by the 18V fuel. In my search here I found that both the De Walt 139nm and Makita 145nm had more torque than the Milwauke so I ended up going with the De Walt.
What was the weight?
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Weight is an issue !


And the fact, that you buy things designed in the USA, but is now all made in China.
They make a lot of stuff there. Viruses too...
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Any thoughts on using the 28V Milwaukee to power my manual anchor windlass.
It's a Simpson Lawrence Anchorman mounted to my 32' Beneteau, do you think the offset hole would be an issue. A lot easier and cheaper than installing and wiring an electric windlass.
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Any thoughts on using the 28V Milwaukee to power my manual anchor windlass.
It's a Simpson Lawrence Anchorman mounted to my 32' Beneteau, do you think the offset hole would be an issue. A lot easier and cheaper than installing and wiring an electric windlass.
Sadly, I don't believe that the Millie will help with that design windlass. If you think about it, when operating a normal winch, one rotates the winch handle around the central axis of the drive bit, and that is replicated with the electric drill device. But in your windlass, the winch handle does not rotate thus, but drives the gypsy around its axis.

Bummer, but true!

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Sadly, I don't believe that the Millie will help with that design windlass. If you think about it, when operating a normal winch, one rotates the winch handle around the central axis of the drive bit, and that is replicated with the electric drill device. But in your windlass, the winch handle does not rotate thus, but drives the gypsy around its axis.

Bummer, but true!

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Yeah, just what I was thinking. It would be a really weird feeling in your hands.
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