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Old 03-29-2006, 09:39 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever adapted the cone that goes on the end of one of our electric starters to use in a cordless electric drill? I was considering this because I would no longer need to bring a 12 volt battery to the field, and I could use the drill for screwing long wing bolts, etc. I would think that my drill would easily crank most engines, and be a versatile tool to have at the field. Any thoughts or experience doing this?
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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Yep.........a few our members use drills adapted to turn a spinner or bolt.
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:09 AM   #3
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yes i've done that. but you better have a good 18V drill if you want to turn over a .60 size engine. over all I found the starter better than the drill. cheers Karl
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problem with using a drill is it's not "free-wheeling" once the engine catches. They certainly don't turn at engine speeds and could quite likely damage the drill (or the drill would hold back the engine from turning at whatever speed it's setup to start at and damage the engine).

A bad idea imho.
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One other thing to consider is a drill could torque your engine through a hydraulic lock, and could damage the motor that way as well. I have cordless drills that will turn over most of my engines, but I won't do the conversion as it's too risky. I've recently acquired a smaller 12 V battery. I'm going to attach that to my starter. I've also seen a couple guy's using 2 7 or 8 cell RC car packs in series to run their starter.

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[quote="Canhos"]One other thing to consider is a drill could torque your engine through a hydraulic lock, and could damage the motor...

Actually, your regular starter running on a well charged battery can do just as much damage - I've seen it happen. Also, I agree with some previous comments that, pound for pound, electric drills simply don't have the torque of the starters.

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Old 04-01-2006, 06:03 PM   #8
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I started using a cordless drill 13 years ago. It is a 12V sears craftsman and has a 800rpm and 1600rpm setting. It will start anything from .25 to 52cc Quadra's . I have never damaged a motor with it and it has started many. I think the key is the high rpm. I tried a Dewalt and it didn't seem to work very well, but it was only an 800rpm drill. Use the drill and battery glo driver and you can start anything with out being near a field box.
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