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A while back, I reported that the cheap angle/close quarter drill that
I purchased died as the bearings wore out. Well, one of the guys in our
club asked for it to check it out and see if he could replace the
bearings ( Oh Boy! This gives me something to do in my lunch hour!) Any
way the report came back that the bearings were fine, but that the
plastic case had worn out. I had noticed that the mandril had a lot of
play in it, say + or - almost 1/8 inch. The wear was the reason. He is
going to epoxy it and see if that will work for another short while.
Some of the turners up in Salem (Willamette Valley Woodturners) got
some. 2 out of the three they got had the trigger switch go bad. Has
anyone else out there had any mechanical failures with them?

I did get my money worth of use and abuse out of it, and I will wait
until my other Sioux/Milwaukee drills die before getting another one.

robo hippy


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mine's still chugging... I'm using it most nights and weekends...
I don't do your volume, Reed, but I'm sure it's done close to 100 bowls and worn
out 3 or 4 sanding mandrels...
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Hi Reed

I have commented before on the problem with the milwaukee type drills,
in that the bearing ceases up and then the drill is toast more or less,
there is a chance that you can epoxy the bearing "exactly centered"
back in, but than the real problem is still not addressed, and that is
grit getting into the bearing, as that is the mayor cause of bearing
ceasing up.

So if you are successful getting the bearing housing repaired, I would
recommend that you instal a sealed bearing if you want to keep using
that drill.

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Leo Van Der Loo


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Well, it just happens that I have a Milwaukee (Sioux) drill apart right  
now.  It would only run in reverse -- the switch would not move.

This is the older model with the push/pull switch on the back.  I  
recently bought a new one -- a factory remanufactured on a web site for  
about $55.00 delivered.  So, if I can get the old one working again, I  
would have the luxury of having two and if I can't, no big deal.

In this case, the problem is the detent mechanism on the switch.  It  
seems to be ok electrically but you just can't get it to move.  It is a  
bunch of plastic stuff and looks pretty badly thought out to me although  
I'm not an engineer.  In my newer one the switch is now on the top of  
the housing so I can guess that they had plenty of trouble with the old  
design.

The bearings and all the other stuff seems to be in pretty good shape,  
though, as far as I can tell.  There is sanding dust in there but  
nothing to interfere with the operation.

Wish me luck.

Bill

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What's the web site? Seems like a good deal.

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I was wondering if somebody was going to ask.

It was www.ubid.com.  They had a lot of 30 or so of them and they went  
pretty fast.  They don't normally have a lot of tools and when you sign  
up with them you will get lots of email about watches, laptops, and the  
like.  On the other hand, I saved something north of $100.00 so I guess  
I can read some of their email.  I paid $52.95 btw.

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I hate to do this in case I need another one but...

http://www.ubid.com/actn/opn/getpage.asp?AuctionId=601527445

Bill

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Thanks Bill. Closed by the time I got there.

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It would appear that this is a regular item, though, so it would just  
take a watchful eye to hit the next one.

Bill

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Currently the drill is back together and working in one direction --  
forward.  Before it was stuck in backward.

The reversing switch is toast -- it is bound up and can't be made to  
move with the poorly designed paddle thing.  I'll price a replacement  
switch tomorrow.

Bill

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Bill the good new is that the drill is running in one direction. the bad  
news is the old type switches are not longer available. I've been  
looking for over a year. I even checked with Sioux the original  
manufacturer of this drill. If you happen to find a source, PLEASE pass  
it on.

Juergen

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Juergen:

Thanks for the information.  I hadn't had a chance to research the  
availability and price for a replacement part so you've saved me the  
trouble.

I guess that I could run the wires from the brushes out of the case,  
remove the switch and speed control (both functions in one plastic  
thingy) and duplicate the function externally -- a lot of trouble.

Or I could modify the case to take the new control -- also a lot of trouble.

Maybe there should be a tool junk yard where one can buy the parts from  
toasted tools which have not failed.  On the other hand, I think that  
with this particular tool the chance of that switch having failed is  
pretty near 100%.

Bill

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I guess I don't see what the attraction is with angle drills.  They seem
like knuckle busters and have a built in problem with the bearing.  I have a
Makita 6501 which is a nice light 1/4" drill that I have been very happy
with and have used for 500+ bowls with no repairs.



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Derek (or Sara?)...

I felt the same way about angle drills until I tried one.  I'll never go  
back.  For some reason they are much easier for me to control,  
especially inside bowls.

Bill

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You should try supported sanding with a flexible shaft.  



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I never used the Makita drills, but have a friend who has one for each
grit. With the long 90 degree handle, it works fine for smaller bowls,
but on larger, deeper bowls I would think that they (handle) get in the
way. I like to work the pad almost flat, and you can keep it flat all
the way from the rim to the bottom of a big, deep bowl without any
knuckle busting. I never counted how many bowls I can get from one
drill, but 500 plus would be a good guess. I put the soft thick pads on
the mandrill so that I wear them out ($6 for a 3 inch pad) rather than
the mandril ($19 for a 3 inch). I can go through 6 or so soft pads a
year. Do you use 2 or three inch pads and discs? This does make a
difference on wear and tear.
robo hippy


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On Tue, 14 Feb 2006 10:52:51 -0800, "Derek & Sara Hartzell"

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I use both...
I find that for deep bowls the conventional drill reaches the bottom easier
without using extension pads.. also ok for outside of bowls..

the right angle/close quarter is comfortable and balanced for longer use and
just feels more natural when sanding inside bowls, as long as the bowl is big
enough to get it into.. YMWV
Mac

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