I didn't want to use my good drill for sanding (inside bowls) so I
bought a Skil variable speed reversible for under $30. Right away I
spent $15 to replace the stiff plastic cord it came with. It has
worked faithfully for 4 or 5 years. Today it started sputtering and
I had to completely disembowel the thing to get at the brushes. One
was worn to a nubbin and the other was nearly new looking. And they
are an odd size. I bought some the same thickness and cut them do the
right length and width and now it runs good again.
Next time I will probably go with a Makita tailed drill, or something
In the spirit of anti-gloating, I can one-up you: when I needed a drill
for wire-brushing a rusted railing--a dumbass job for an electric drill
if there ever was one--I went over to my favorite recycled-goods store,
Urban Ore in Berkeley, and picked up a 1-speed drill for $5. The drill
will probably outlive me. It's actually better than most drills for this
kind of work since instead of the usual trigger switch, it has a big
slide switch on top that you don't have to either hold on to or lock
down to get the drill to run continuously. Plus it's solid metal, not
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
I bought a Sioux close quarter knock off on Ebay about 100 bowls or so ago.. I
think it was $25 with shipping..
Damn thing is like a Timex, it just keeps on ticking with zero maintenance..
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I bought the cheapest hammer drill I could find, about 15 years ago...
turned out to be a little Skil 3/8".
I have used and abused that thing, including attaching it to a
drill-pump to suck water out of the basement during and after rains,
before the house was dry-- it ran for 8-12 hours at a time. It's been
left outside in the rain and snow, been dropped from a 30 foot peak onto
a gravel driveway, I think the concrete truck even ran it over once. :-)
It's in my garage and I still use it to drill holes in concrete.
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