Is there a current version of the "joist brace" made?
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
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