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Electric Winch Handle

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I am hoping to get some feed back on what has become a popular use of a rechargable right angle 1/2 drill (Millwakee 18 or 24volt seems to be the one) to raise the main sheet.
My question is has anyone tried a 120 volt 1/2" Right angle drill? It would seem to me they would be cheaper and easier to find ( especially in Mexico).
Do they turn too fast? I would think they are the same.
Keep in mind that in my instance I am NOT concerned of the drills power source.
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Re: Electric Winch Handle

Might be just to lazy to sail, maybe a power boat is in your future! ...Dale
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Re: Electric Winch Handle

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A 120 volt drill motor running off your ships battery using a cheap inverter will be WAY cheaper than a battery drill, if you don't mind the cord. You need variable speed because any drill motor is way too fast. The best would a right angle drill, a long arm to resist the torque, and they have additional gear reduction for lower speed and higher torque.

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Re: Electric Winch Handle

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Thanks, Don't mind the cord as I don,t plan on using it to sail, just to hoist the main. I was looking at the Milwaukee site and their Right angle 1/2 is gear reduction as you mentioned at around 400 rpm.
I'm leaning this way. I guess I was hoping someone might reply with a " hey I did that and it works great" Or " I tried that it didn't work.
Instead I got called LAZY!!!! Anyways thank you Gary
Oh and BTW Lake Superior Sailor I'm quite sure you are an awesome sailor with none of the silly little things that make this hobby even more fun than I could of ever believed.
Where as this rookie enjoys the spoils of non traditional sailing such as ice cubes for my drinks and showers and stereo.
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I use the battery version of the Milwaukee Right angle drill for raising my swing keel
(4,000 lbs of lead) and it works fine with its reduction and a 2 speed winch. I admit I should have considered the AC powered version with an inverter as I am nearly always running the engine when I raise the keel to enter our shallow channel. But so far after a year the battery version is still working fine with the original battery. Make sure you get a very heafty bit made up for the winch, mine has broken twice, that seems to be the weak link.

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Something else to consider is the speed at which you'll be raising the main, and the force imparted by the drill. Take a close look at your sail slides/slugs and track, and make sure that they are operating smoothly and without any tendency to jam. If you do manage to get one jammed using the drill, then it's gonna be a lot tougher to get it free than if you jam it with a winch handle.
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Re: Electric Winch Handle

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I am hoping to get some feed back on what has become a popular use of a rechargable right angle 1/2 drill (Millwakee 18 or 24volt seems to be the one) to raise the main sheet...
Seems like a dumb idea, but nonetheless one better tried on the main halyard than a sheet. Not too common to see a selftailer as a main halyard winch, it is a selftailer...?
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I dont own it but i like the "looks" of the electric winch the sell on the lats and ats store
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What voltage is your rechargeable? We did a run through several hardware stores, Home Depot and such down here in PV Mexico and the only thing I found in a right angle 1/2" was a Milwaukee 1675-6. It was one big beefy unit! I think I could drill for oil with this unit! Around 400RPM. At about $350 US.
I tried a friends "WinchRight". It worked like a champ. (thats what started the whole thing) $600 US but getting things down here can get ???
He let me have one of his bits. 8 point with 3/8 ratchet type on other end.I'll chop off a 3/8 extension with 3 flats for grip to go to a chuck.
You don't think the cord would drive you nuts if you went AC?
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Thanks, will keep that in mind. 40' boat with a Lewmar 44 2 speed self tailing. Seems to work fine by hand. I can bring it to 3/4 in Hi speed with just a little huff and puff. After trying the Winchright I thought it would be sweet for the wife when she makes me sleep on the top of the mast! and I could be convinced to lower my 3 hour main sail rule!
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The electric winch I found was over 2k. Too much for my budget. Could you tell me more of the one you mentioned?
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http://www.ahoycaptain.com/shop/winchrite_wr1.html

Its the winchrite but the dont sell it on the lat and att store anymore duno when that changed but anyway its the same thing you mentioned probably something the op already knows about.
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