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Old 25-10-2020, 15:19   #1
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looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

Strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor via a manual windlass. I use the bolt that is on the rode spool. My boat is 38'

The Milwaukee 28 volt red lithium is not able to do it.

Just wondering if anyone uses a Dewalt or a Makita to bring in the anchor with a manual windlass.

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Old 25-10-2020, 15:28   #2
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

If that one can't handle it none probably can...
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Old 25-10-2020, 15:31   #3
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

Look at the wattage rating on the drill, give your head a shake and think again, a small windlass is 700 watts most 1000 or more.......
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

Without more gear reduction, it probably won't work. A lower power motor than a typical windlass can do the job, but it'll have to do it more slowly (and with lower gearing).
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Without more gear reduction, it probably won't work. A lower power motor than a typical windlass can do the job, but it'll have to do it more slowly (and with lower gearing).
That was going to be my response.

Youíve got to hear that thing way WAY down so itís turning fast. Canít just lock it on a bolt at 1:1. Not to mention the injury potential
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Old 25-10-2020, 18:37   #6
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

OK:
I hear you guys saying that a drill with two speeds, say (0-400/ 0-1320 RPM), this is way to fast to do the job? It needs to be geared at way lower speed, but have a ton more torque?

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Old 26-10-2020, 10:48   #7
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

You could talk to winchmate.com and see if they think one of their offerings might be man enough.
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

You need a thousand watt drill, good luck it would probably break your wrist if you could hang on to it.......
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

Forget that idea. Get a windlass and do it right.
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

Lewmar has a guide for sizing their windlasses to your boat. It's odd they use boat length rather than things that actually matter like weight of the object it's going to be moving, but whatever, here's their chart. Looks like you need something around 1500W capacity.

https://www.lewmar.com/sites/default...%20Guide_0.pdf

I've found one reference to this Dewalt joist drill having a maximum power draw of 1631 watts.

https://www.dewalt.com/products/powe...l-only/dcd460b

I've not been able to find numbers for the actual power of the Milwaukee. Interesting that two of the reviews for your drill are actually from other sailboaters.

https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Produc...Drills/0721-20

If you're not strong enough to turn the winch by hand, a drill than can will probably break your arm. If it's just a matter of fatigue, this might be a workable solution. The best solution is to get an actual windlass. Be careful out there.
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

And I thought I had crazy ideas
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Forget that idea. Get a windlass and do it right.
Can't disagree with that really - anything else is a bodge!
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

Windlasses use worm gearing and achieve reduction ratios of 40:1 to 60:1.
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Windlasses use worm gearing and achieve reduction ratios of 40:1 to 60:1.
As I understood the OP, he was planning to drive the gypsy or warping drum directly, and that is the problem. If it was going through a big reduction gear of any sort the Millie would have been adequate.

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Old 27-10-2020, 02:10   #15
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Re: looking for strong enough cordless drill to pull in the anchor.

For emergencies, I designed the Milwaukee 28 to pull up my anchor in case the 2kw motor fails. It works sort of ok, the other option is manually with the winch handle which also works sort of ok.
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