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Old 25-10-2020, 15:14   #1
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Strong enough cordless drill to winch up sails

I am looking for a strong enough cordless drill to winch up sails.
The Milwaukee 28 volt red lithium seems capable.

Just wondering if anyone uses a Dewalt or a Makita.

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Re: Strong enough cordless drill to winch up sails

Hi .... This might help but not sure if it will. On our farm we/my brothers used to use a ordinary drill but it had a small gearbox thing on the end, it also changed the power from come straight out the front like most drills, to it coming out at a 90 degree angles left and right, like a differential on a rear wheel drive car. I am not sure if this makes any sense, if not I am sorry. I will try to get some details if i can but it was nearly 20 years ago now, so not very hopeful. Sorry.

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PS... maybe someone can help describe this better or better still know about such a gearbox thing.
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Old 25-10-2020, 18:08   #3
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Hi .... This might help but not sure if it will. On our farm we/my brothers used to use a ordinary drill but it had a small gearbox thing on the end, it also changed the power from come straight out the front like most drills, to it coming out at a 90 degree angles left and right, like a differential on a rear wheel drive car. I am not sure if this makes any sense, if not I am sorry. I will try to get some details if i can but it was nearly 20 years ago now, so not very hopeful. Sorry.

Deanna

PS... maybe someone can help describe this better or better still know about such a gearbox thing.
This is exactly w hat is supplied with the Milwaukee 28 volt right angle drill motor that many of us use to power winches.

The Millie has a very well established success rate in this role, and we love ours. However, technology moves onward and perhaps there is a better alternative now... something with a brushless motor, for instance, that has similar or better torque and battery life.

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Old 25-10-2020, 18:42   #4
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Re: Strong enough cordless drill to winch up sails

What about the Dewalt 60V MAX Right Angle Drill with E-Clutch System Kit or the Makita XAD03PT 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless 1/2" Right Angle Drill.

These have lots more volts than the Millie, so it would be a question of torque?
Any comment?

Deanna, if you can remember the manufacturer of the drill or the gear box?

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This is exactly w hat is supplied with the Milwaukee 28 volt right angle drill motor that many of us use to power winches.

The Millie has a very well established success rate in this role, and we love ours. However, technology moves onward and perhaps there is a better alternative now... something with a brushless motor, for instance, that has similar or better torque and battery life.

Awaiting any substantive responses!

Jim
Bosch makes a brushless rotary hammer but unfortunately it has an SDS chuck so it might be difficult to adapt. If budget is an issue, the standard Milwaukee right angle drill with an extension cord would be the best choice.
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Old 26-10-2020, 10:27   #6
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Re: Strong enough cordless drill to winch up sails

Have you looked at the Winch Rite. It can pull all of my 190lbs up a 35' mast at least twice and still have power to hoist the main!
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Old 26-10-2020, 10:29   #7
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I use a Makita XAD03Z 18V X2 LXT (36V) Brushless 1/2" Right Angle Drill. It takes 2 18v batteries and my wife has no problem hoisting me up the mast. It has some technology where it will slow down to keep the torque up. I also have a winch bit (WINCH BIT HOME) which I have been happy with. On thing is the winch bit needs a 1/2 inch chuck so you can't use a 3/8 inch drill. I think any cordless drill designed for high torque applications should work. I like the fact I have a 12 volt charger for the Makita. How big are your Sails ?
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Old 26-10-2020, 11:58   #8
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Re: Strong enough cordless drill to winch up sails

I would buy a dedicated product, not a re-purposed drill.

Look at the eWincher

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The Dorsi #123 will raise it every time.
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Old 26-10-2020, 17:05   #10
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Re: Strong enough cordless drill to winch up sails

My Milwaukee is overkill on my Beneteau 36, but I took it along on both a Tayana 55 and a 44 foot cat.
Mail sails went zipping up the mast on each with no perspiration showing on the crew.
Owners each bought one within a few days.
To the OP-take your advice from the guys that are using the equipment. The other opinions will not get the sail up.
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Old 26-10-2020, 17:06   #11
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sorry-MAIN SAILS.

great pc of gear.
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Old 26-10-2020, 17:32   #12
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I like my Winchrite, powerful, good ergonomics and seawater resistant.
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Old 27-10-2020, 13:52   #13
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DEWALT VSR stud and joist drill take 60volt MAX batteries, I’ve got a SO 44i with crushing sails the main weighs in at 100 lbs this drill with a wench chock/star tip gets it up fast which is good when your trying to clear the battens past the lazy jacks. Each battery should last at least 3-4 day trips. You can get a kit from dewalt with 2 batteries and a charger for 400 American $$
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Old 27-10-2020, 14:03   #14
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Also....smaller lighter drills can be dangerous because you can lose grip and have the drill spin on you Wrists have been injured. The drill I posted is heavy prob 7 pounds. You can not operate without two hands. I’ve used this drill for 3 years and it’s still brand knew on a smaller vessel we used a 1/2 inch drills and burned them out at the rate of 1 a season.
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My main sail is about 350 Sq ft.
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