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Posted: 01/22/13 10:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have expensive Bosch 18v power tools that I didn't want to take camping. So I went to Harbor Freight and got an 18v drill & LED flashlight combo for $19.99. The drill was a piece of garbage, but the LED flashlight is great (not a total waste of $$). I threw out the HF drill and now reluctantly take my Bosch drill along for the jacks.


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Posted: 01/22/13 11:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used a 19.2 sears but it would twist my wrist hurt like hell. Then I bought a 24 volt impact gun from northern tool no more twisting my wrist


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Posted: 01/22/13 01:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we had a fiver I started out with a cordless drill to work my jacks. Soon discovered that by the time I found my drill ( and hoped it was still charged) and then the correct size of socket my wife had the jacks already in place!!

Far better that way!!

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gcloss wrote:

I have expensive Bosch 18v power tools that I didn't want to take camping. So I went to Harbor Freight and got an 18v drill & LED flashlight combo for $19.99. The drill was a piece of garbage, but the LED flashlight is great (not a total waste of $$). I threw out the HF drill and now reluctantly take my Bosch drill along for the jacks.


Sounds like the cheap Skil 18v ni cad I bought on sale for 20 something bucks. Battery always dead and no power when charged. I gave it away to somebody.


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Use a manual crank. It is just better. And you can feel how much torque you ate putting on the stabs.


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Ron3rd wrote:


Lately I've been using my Milwaukee 1/2" drive impact that puts out over 400 ft lbs of torque. Gotta be careful with that one but it sure will spoil you.


.....and if you get a flat tire in 100* heat you dont have to wrestle with a lug wrench.

My nephew, and brother-in-law went in halves on an 18V set from Menards in the Master Force brand that was a 1/2" impact and a 1/2" hammer drill. They love both of them, and the price was cheap.

Myself....I just push the button on my electric jacks.


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Specularius wrote:

One thing to watch out for using a cordless drill is that it may bend the shaft that the chuck attaches to. It just takes a small amount and then the drill is useless to drill holes with as the bit then wobbles around the amount that the shaft is bent. I would recommend one of the impact drivers instead of a drill for this task. They offer more torque and will not bend the shaft.


Do you mean something like this?

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Had to buy an impact drill last year for working on the golf cart. Went to Lowes and bought a Porter-Cable kit (impact and drill) for around $100-120. Not sure what voltage it is, but the only thing I can see that looks anything like it says it's 12V. I take the impact drill with us camping to run the stabilizer jacks. Not an issue whatsoever.


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I would not use an impact on the jacks, you are putting undue stress with the hammering action.


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I use a Craftsman 18 volt Drill/Driver to move the jacks up and down and it has plenty of power. I still use the hand crank to apply the final turn or two just so I can feel how much torque I am applying.

I would like to say that there have been a few times where the drill wants to spin instead of the jack screw and that can injure your wrist if you are not paying attention.

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