Joist Brace alternatives ?

Greetings,
Is there a current version of the "joist brace" made?
http://www.antiquetools.co.uk/0385.html
http://members.brandx.net/websites/bbrode/woodwork/tools_gallery/skinner.html
It would seem that a drill chuck that accepts a 3/8ths, 1/2" etc. ratchet drive on the end opposite the drill bit, would be just the thing in some situations - and yet I can't seem to find such a critter. With all the accessories and attachments available for socket sets, I guess I am somewhat incredulous that no one offers such a beast. Maybe I have answered my own question, but I can't help but shake my head some.
I am well aware of the right angle adapters designed to go on electric drills, and indeed Milwaukee and Makita make right angle drills, but it would seem that the whole thing would get rather heavy and unweildy when standing on a 6 foot step ladder and holding it over your head...
Garrett Wade sells a ratcheting bit brace with a chuck that is removable.
http://www.garrettwade.com/jump.jsp?lGen tail&itemID6391&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat000&iSubCat036&iProductID6391
The end of the brace ratchet is a standard 1/2" "stud" for lack of a better term, that will let you use your 1/2" drive sockets, etc. That would presumably mean the drill chuck has the necessary 1/2" female receptacle - but they make no mention of that in their catalog copy. Nor do they seem to sell JUST the chuck...
What I wound up doing was taking a 1/2 Jacobs chuck, a 1" 1/2X20 bolt and screwing the bolt into the chuck. Now I can ratchet away with either a ratcheting box end wrench, or ratchet drive, but it'd be nice if the chuck came as an attachment for your socket set. Or have I missed something?
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What's wrong with using the old style tool? There are tools in my shop that were old when my father was born, and they function at least as well as they did then.
Patriarch
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milwaukee hole hawg!!!!
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Paying new style prices for them! 'sides, that doesn't answer the question - is there a current version made?
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com (NFrames) writes:

Garrett Wade used to have one in their catalog. An english stanley, IIRC. Can't find it on their web page now, tho.
scott
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Seems like the joist brace has the advantage of the handle mounted on the same axis as the bit so you can apply pressure. Would also seem that using a hacksaw and doing a bit of brazing that you could create one from a typical brace.
As for the amount of effort, the makita right angle drills don't weigh much and are much LESS work than cranking a joist brace a half revolution at a time.
-Jack

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