Cordless Drills

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Cordless Drills

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Synonyms: cordless driver drills;
DE: Akkuschrauber,
Akkubohrschrauber
Type: power drills
Material: depending on the bit:
screws, plastic, wood, metal
Used with: drill bits, screwdriver bits
Access: after a personal introduction
Tutors: Lukas, Patrick
Similar (More or Less): drill press, screwdrivers,
rotary tool, screw gun

Cordless drills are very versatile tools and should not be missing from any workshop. Besides drilling, as the name implies, they are mostly used for driving screws ("electric screwdriver").

Here's a nice video about the internal mechanics of a typical drill!

Proper Use

Please follow these simple guidelines to avoid damage to your screws, material, or the drill itself:

  • the torque (DE: Drehmoment) can typically be set with the ring before the chuck
    • better start out too low than to round your screw in the first try - wood may also be damaged if screws (especially self-tapping/"Spax") are inserted too deep
    • the drilling setting at the end of the scale should only be used for drilling, it creates way too much torque for screws and screwdriver bits!
    • excessive torque does NOT make you screw faster, it really just wrecks stuff...
  • there may also be variable speed settings (slider on top)
    • use the slower one (1) for screwing to prevent slipping
    • the higher speed can be used for drilling

Bits


DeWalt DC740KA

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DeWalt DC740KA

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Location: drilling table
Tutors: Lukas, Patrick
Manual: manualretriever.com

We are modernizing an old DeWalt drill with LiPo batteries! It's awesome.

This tool is not ready for usage yet, since not all commissioning steps are completed yet. The process is also tracked on GitHub. Feel free to contribute to making it usable, any help is very welcome!

Task comment Status
Name the tool: - done
Take a picture - done
Find the manual as PDF manualretriever.com done
Documentation needs info on charger once completed, project page would be nice as well so we know how to do a similar repair again! started
Print QR-Code there's a general one that is enough done
Introduction Handheld Drill Introduction done
Security Check checked by Lukas done
Test checked by Lukas done
tool's name, owner and approx. value provide to a manager for inventorization done
Last step: make it available physically and in the wiki - then delete this template pending



AlphaTools AS 18 A

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AlphaTools AS 18 A

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Location: drilling table
Tutors: Lukas, Patrick
Manual: manualslib.com

Ciaran's AlphaTools drill comes with two battery packs.

It has two speeds - only change when the drill has fully stopped! - and many torque settings.

The charger can be a bit confusing - green light means "not charging" and you'll have to press the yellow button to start charging a battery!


Bosch PSR 960

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Bosch PSR 960

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Location: Lukas
Tutors:
Manual: in the box

Lukas has a Bosch PSR 960 you might be able to use! Unfortunately, its battery has gotten pretty bad.

It has six torque settings and only one speed.

Power Supply

There used to be two batteries, but one was quite old and only held its charge for a very short time. It was therefore upgraded to a corded pack.

Charger for the intact one: "AL 1404", 7.2 to 14.4 V, 400 mA => 3 h charging time for the 1.2 Ah pack

Please do not leave the battery in the charger for more than 3 or 4 hours, the old NiCd batteries will heat up and suffer from quite the memory effect!