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Re: cordless drill and socket "starter"
there are cordless impact drivers too Barry, some of the new cordless tools are pretty beefy too. Maybe smaller engines ? This is just curiosity on my part.
Those cordless "impact drivers" are pretty wimpy. Look at the specs on one of them. A pneumatic impact wrench will list its torque in foot-pounds; a cordless toy will list its torque in inch-pounds. I doubt that even a good-sized pneumatic impact wrench could start even the smallest diesel. A cordless wouldn't stand a chance. And that isn't taking the damage caused by the impacting action (the engine flywheel just isn't designed for the rat-a-tatta-tatta of an impact device).
A good-sized electric drill might be able to turn a diesel over fast enough to start it. But you would need a 15 or 20 amp/120V power source to feed it.
I suppose you could use a cordless drill to get the engine spinning with the decompression valves open and then start one cylinder. You would probably need a pretty beefy cordless. The starter motor on my 2GM20 isn't all that big, but it draws a lot of amps. I doubt a cordless drill's battery would last very long in such an application. I still wouldn't try to start the engine with an impact tool.
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