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Topic Review (Newest First)
03-02-2009 07:02 PM
halslater
Maniwell

Please check out the Maniwell at CaptainsMarket.com

A Cordless winch handle that was designed for the application. Safe, lots of torque, comfortable-approx. 8lbs, designed to withstand the elements!
03-14-2007 03:15 PM
sailortjk1 Is this DEJA VU?
I feel like I've been here before.
03-14-2007 02:35 PM
S/VNirvana
electric winch handle

I had the 18 V and sold it to buy the 28V right angle drill. I use it on my SO49 to raise the main, and it's great, goes up without any trouble. I haven't used it on my Pearson 36 yet but it will be OK. I bought the drill bit from a company that makes the bit into a cube and it lasted only one season.

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03-14-2007 02:19 PM
camaraderie The milwaukee is ideal...sold as a winching product with a platic cover under the Winch Buddy label.
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03-14-2007 02:10 PM
shugy
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
03-14-2007 01:59 PM
hellosailor 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.
03-14-2007 01:06 PM
Bill Mc 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,

Bill
03-13-2007 11:29 PM
yotphix Don't forget to fit a lanyard to it! Bad enough losing a regular winch handle.
03-13-2007 10:33 PM
sailingdog CP-

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.
03-13-2007 10:28 PM
cardiacpaul i'm thinking of doing the same thing... for health reasons, not that it has "increased load"... I have "decreased ability"
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