re: "Who is so stupid as to want a screwdriver slower than that?"
Anyone who uses a screwdriver for other applications than building
Of course, that doesn't make the user stupid.
I don't want my screwdriver to *always* be slower than 100RPM, but I
certainly want the option of having it *start* at less than 100 RPM.
You appear to be suffering from a reading comprehension problem.
Panasonic cordless drills run at no less than 100 RPM in low gear
and no less than 350 RPM in high gear.
I have nothing against Panasonic, but I keep running into that
stupid attribute of their drills, and it just seems crazy. No
other company in the world designs Their cordless drills to
prevent running at slower than 100 RPM, because it's a stupid
idea. That is just plain stupid, there is no other description.
Only a Panasonic fanboy could love a drill like that.
This is an advantage, how? What point is there in having a drill that
turns slower? Howzabout 50 rpm? One revolution per second slow
enough for you?
Wait! I do have one electrical device that turns at exactly 1 rpm.
It's my friggin' clock!!
In my reality, less than 2 revolutions per second IS "very slow" and
I'm so old, I'm almost carbon dateable. I guess as a one-time
machinist and someone who grew up using drill motors before the
apparently now can't-do-without variable speed control, I don't
understand why someone needs speeds slower than the orbit of the moon
around earth to start a drill. Silly me.
No wonder manufacturing has been moved off-shore. Even "semi-skilled"
appears to be an unattainable goal by our younger generations of drug
If your tools are as old as you are, I'm sure you don't understand the
improvements that have been made. When cordless impact drivers came out
a lot of people said what the heck do I need that for, and when shown a
demo of what they can do promptly said I'll take one. The same happened
with auto dark welding helmets. You can do complex contouring using a
rotary table and a manual mill, but why would you when CNC is cheap and
available? You can cut steel plate for your project with a hacksaw, but
why would you when you have a plasma cutter? Times change, technology
both improves and becomes more affordable.
I'm no luddite. I HAVE two battery drill motors. But it's stupid to
try and start a "1/2+" drill bit in steel plate without a starting
point of some kind (spring center punch and center drill ring a
bell?), no matter how slow you can start the bit. Yes, I've done it,
drilling steel strap brackets and steel cabinets for earthquaking with
a 1/2" bit in a 1/2" drill motor, but it was neither easy nor fun and
I consider approaching it that way a total hack. You can extoll the
approach all you want, but it's just plain poor practice. Gimme two
drill motors and the right tools and I'll smoke ya' every time.
I'm a machinist. I also have an old all-metal Milwaukee 1/2" hand
drill motor with one speed, 400 rpm. Anyone who uses ANY hand drill,
with or w/o variable speed, to drive a half inch or larger drill bit
in 1/4" steel w/o first driving a pilot hole or using a mag-base is a
complete moron and a hack and deserves the broken wrist/hand/arm they
will eventually sustain.
Funny, I'm a machinist as well. My Makita cordless had no problem at all
drilling 1/2" holes through 3/8" steel plate without a pilot hole. I did
try the first one with a 1/4" pilot hole and found it simply took twice
as long to get the final hole done with no benefit. I've got two
Bridgeport mills in my shop as well and both go down below 100RPM. I do
have a Milwaukee Hole-Hawg that is not variable speed, however it's two
speeds are slow and slower.
Neither speed being < 300 rpm. Besides, that long handle give more control
than a Makita battery drill motor. Of course the Bridgports have speeds
slower than 100 rpm, but yer not holding 'em in yer hand, are you.
Feel free to do as you wish. This man's momma never raised such a fool.
*Exactly* 1 RPM?
Wow, that must be a really expensive clock!
Cesium beam controlled, perhaps?
No, wait, even the so-called "atomic clocks" need to be adjusted from
time to time (no pun intended)
*Exactly* 1 RPM? That must be some friggin' clock!
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