I have an old, but great condition Skil Screwgun model 6906. Great except
that the bit holder no longer holds the bit in place. Unfortunately Skil no
longer makes any screwgun and needless to say they do not have any parts
available for this screwgun. I am therefore looking for a new gun. Harbor
Freight's gun looks exactly like the DeWalt screwgun and at $39.99 is
tempting to get with the 2 year extended warranty (I overheard some pros
talking about buying the HF roofing guns and extended warranty and getting
new ones all the time on HF). My other tempting option is a Ridgid R6000
from Home Depot because when I register it I can get a lifetime warranty
(VERY tempting). Anybody have any experience with either of these? Thanks.
I have one of the great Skil's too if we are talking the same model. It is
automatic locking so when you don't give it power it locks the front
automatically and you can use it as manual screwdriver. Too bad the
batteries are so expensive and don't last.
I don't see any that use uncollated screws. The collated screws are VERY
expensive compared to the loose screws and do not have the variety of styles
and sizes available in loose boxed screws (trim screws for instance or pan
Finding a reputable one who will do a small job like this and not charge
half the price of a new gun is difficult. The charge for setup is more than
the cost of the machining. What I need to find is more of a hobbist, not a
So, the OP should go there and only be willing to pay a reasonable
price, and see if they'll do it. You don't get anywhere if you don't
ask. He had sense enough to ask this ng for ideas. He should ask a
mahcine shop guy.
This was partly rhetorical. A guy who isn't busy or wants to be a
nice guy will charge what he thinks it is worth to the customer if he
won't feel put upon doing so.
Welll you shouldn't charge 10,000 dollars. You can't expect to make a
year's interest in 10 or 20 minutes.
If you have all this machinery, you don't go to other machine shops
and you only know how much you would charge. I've always assumed that
things I never bought before cost a lot of money, and I'm often wrong.
This included foam rubber, lucite, and welding. The welding guys have
thousands of dollars of equipement and a whole shop they own or rent
and both of them wanted very little to do a welding job that took at
least 20 minutes when one did it. (I priced the welding at one shop
next to the place I expected to order the part, but when the time came
had it done near where I live.)
I WORKED in a machine shop. A friend is the only option until I have the
space and extra money to set up my own hobby machine shop. The lathe in
question for the smallest size that would do this job, but not other
wished-for projects is about $700 unless I can find one in an estate sale.
Also, when should I ask the machine shop guy? When I loose the price of the
gun anyway by taking off work to locate a machine shop that would do this
for a reasonable price? I DON'T have any vacation time. I also need it by
today, by this morning! Therefore I bought the Ridgid yesterday because of
the low torque of the Harbor Freight gun.
Something like that you can probably do while holding the bit
in a drill against a grinding wheel and go slowly, dip the end
in water frequently.
In other cases, you might be able to drive the shank out
of the body far enough to work using a flat end punch and
a decent hammer. If it falls out, glue it back in with
Aha - look half way down http://www.wihatools.com/700_BitHolders.htm
there you go.
Age and Treachery will Triumph over Youth and Skill
If you can get a piece of hardened rod down .070+-.005 on the full length of
0.650" on such a setup AND keep it round you are a master machinist! And
NOT water, but cutting oil or coolant, NEVER water! You are NOT a master
The wall is too thin on that type of bit holder. It must be a single piece
of metal to be able to machine it to those dimensions and still last.
There I am with the same thing as the DeWalt, PLUS shipping and handling!
From the picture I can tell that the diameter is too large!
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