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JohnYates 03-13-2007 09:02 PM

electric winch handle
I just bought a Milwaukee 18 volt right angle drill to use as an electric winch handle. I can't wait to try it.
Has anyone else tried this?

sailingdog 03-13-2007 09:15 PM

Just be careful... it is awfully easy to damage stuff with an electric winch... if the winch handle has that much resistance, you should usually check to see what's wrong instead of increasing the power...

cardiacpaul 03-13-2007 09:28 PM

i'm thinking of doing the same thing... for health reasons, not that it has "increased load"... I have "decreased ability"

sailingdog 03-13-2007 09:33 PM


Understandable...esp. in your case... One thing I would recommend is that you use the clutch feature on the drill, rather than have it drill mode...that way if it does hit something that causes extra resistance, you have a chance to stop, fix it and then go on, rather than just causing damage.

Usually this is more a problem on boats with the built-in electric winches, but it is a risk any time you add power to a winch, even if you do it manually.

yotphix 03-13-2007 10:29 PM

Don't forget to fit a lanyard to it! Bad enough losing a regular winch handle.

Bill Mc 03-14-2007 12:06 PM

Capt. John on the boat next to me has been using a cordless Milwaukee right angle for quite some time. Recently he had some difficulty trying to charge his batteries for it. The charger is polarity sensitive and if you allow your batteries to run completely down to 0 vdc the charger will not charge. The way you can overcome this is to jump start the battery with another battery and voila the charger will now recognize your batt.

Fair Winds,


hellosailor 03-14-2007 12:59 PM

Drill=fast. Winch=slow.

I think you'd be better off with an electric socket wrench. They do make those, both corded and cordless, and having torque instead of speed probably would work better for you.

Running the drill with a high torque load (winching) might burn it out before its time as it overheats, even though a Milwaukee should take a lot of abuse.

shugy 03-14-2007 01:10 PM

electric winch handle
I am in agreement with most of the posts ,especially yotphix's idea on a lanyard as a good friend of mine had one and it is now at the bottom of Monterey Bay. An expensive lesson:eek:

camaraderie 03-14-2007 01:19 PM

The milwaukee is ideal...sold as a winching product with a platic cover under the Winch Buddy label.

S/VNirvana 03-14-2007 01:35 PM

electric winch handle
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