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josten367

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Does anyone have a good idea on how to use an electric drill or cordless drill to lower and lift landing gear?

I have seen a few online but they are costly and I don't want to have to carry extra blocks in the truck because of the weight. I have thought about making my own with an socket chuck and cut a slot in an old socket.


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I had a machinist make up a rod and weld a socket on to it and then used it in my DeWalt. Worked great when I had the 5er. Macktee


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josten367 wrote:

Does anyone have a good idea on how to use an electric drill or cordless drill to lower and lift landing gear?

I have seen a few online but they are costly and I don't want to have to carry extra blocks in the truck because of the weight. I have thought about making my own with an socket chuck and cut a slot in an old socket.


is this for a trailer without electric landing gear??


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I did it on our TT and it worked fine. The shaft for the jacks was a hex head and I just found the right socket. It shouldn't be hard to fab something to fit yours. The Harbor Freight cordless was generally worthless tho. The battery would not hold a charge more than a day or so.


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I don't see why Macktee's idea won't work just fine. That's for the front. For the rear jacks, you can just cut off the business end, leaving a little rod and then grind the round sides off to fit your drill and use that to lower and raise the rear jacks. After many years, I did that, then kept forgetting the drill so had to use one of the tools and got no help from DW.


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This is for our 5th wheel trailer (see below info) for the front landing gear.

I already have one for the rear (hex head) but the front has the special round socket with a slot on both ends.

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I have electric landing gear. I found the landing gear,slide gear box and stabilizer box all have the same size manuel hex head. I purchased one separate socket and a 6 inch extension and use my drill. I did not have to do anything special.


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drill chuck to 3/8ths socket adapter to 3/4" socket on my craftsman 19.2v drill works great for me. Snugs up and undoes the rear stabilizers great in about 20 seconds. Total cost was $3 for the adapter.

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josten367 wrote:

Does anyone have a good idea on how to use an electric drill or cordless drill to lower and lift landing gear?

I have seen a few online but they are costly and I don't want to have to carry extra blocks in the truck because of the weight. I have thought about making my own with an socket chuck and cut a slot in an old socket.


My plan, one of these days, is to buy another hand-crank like the one that came with my FW, cut it off right below the "handle" bend, and simply chuck it up in my drill. Need be, I'll grind some flats on it to keep it from spinning in the chuck. Unfortunately, mine doesn't use a simple hex-head on the gear-box, so I can't use a socket.

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Make sure your drill has enough power to crank when the full weight of the trailer gets on the landing gear. I carry a 14V Black & Decker cordless drill and put together a socket, adaptor and extension to use only to discover the drill doesn't have enough power to go beyond just touching the ground with the stabilizers in the rear.

My 18v Porter Cable cordless works fine so now I carry it.

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