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Drill - with 12v car adaptor?

Hi there,

we are thinking about taking a drill with us when we leave to travel in our landy. Does anyone know if you can get a small, cordless drill that can be charged off a 12v battery?

Or perhaps I should just take a little hand drill?

What are peoples thoughts.

I searched the web and could only find one on e-bay for £135.

Just thinking aloud at the moment, so if you think a drill is just going one step too far tell me too. I wil then turn my attention back to how to carry our canoe!

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I bought a 12v charger for my makita chordless, a bit slow but works.
There is no reason not to justget a 12v drill, take out the battery and solder some wires to the contacts, crocodile clips on the other end and away you go.
Alternatively, if you have a compressor use an air drill.

Re:- canoe -drill a hole through the bottom and bolt it down
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quick!

man that was quick

I like the canoe/drill combo .

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man that was quick

I like the canoe/drill combo .

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I have charged Makita 18 volt cordless in my van using a small 12v/240 volt inverter without any problems.

No reason you couldn't run a 12 volt cordless off your car battery
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Inverter

OK - we have an inverter already in situ, so perhaps thats the way to go. we are trying to get 12v chargers for all things we can though.

Is Makita a good drill? It's not really an area I know much about, but two mentions so far.

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Is Makita a good drill? It's not really an area I know much about, but two mentions so far.
I think they are tough drills. We use them all day everyday at work and they last better than most. Can take being dropped and thrown.

Very good value.

Makita 6280 DWPE3 Drill Driver 14.4V - Screwfix.com, Where the Trade Buys

Keep an eye on the website. They often have an offer on with an extra battery and accessories for £99.00. That's when I buy mine

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Actually, I've just looked at that link again and that price is with three batteries. Bloody good value.
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We bought a 9.6v battery drill for £9 in one of those really cheap elect shops, dumped the battery and chargers and crimped the wires into the contacts with alligater clips at other end.. Really powerful and light and boy did we need it - with a rusty land rover. Pop rivets and rivet gun were very useful too.

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9.6V DRILL DRIVER, Brand New, 501794 on eBay, also Drills, Drills, Power Tools, Business, Office Industrial (end time 05-Apr-08 15:32:00 BST)

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Get yourself on ebay and do a search for '12v drill body'.
The quality brands sell drills on their own without batteries and charger (which make up a large percentage of the caost of a full kit).
You should be able to get a decent one from Makita, Bosch or Dewalt for about £50. Make sure it's got 2 speeds and produces a decent amount of torque.
You'll need to open it up to remove the battery connectors inside and attach a power cable to connect to your battery.
I buy Bosch profesional kit for work these days - I've killed a few makitas recently.
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I have charged Makita 18 volt cordless in my van using a small 12v/240 volt inverter without any problems.

No reason you couldn't run a 12 volt cordless off your car battery
Inverter is the way to go...more appliances can use this, including battery chargers for you camera, etc.

BUT size your inverter properly and test it out before you leave
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I say 12 volt everything and avoid using an inverter, except for a drill. 12 volt doesn't have enough poke to it. A Higher voltage is much better - you will use it most before you go - almost worth looking out for a manual drill to take instead - bit probably not ;-)

I think taking a direct charge from your battery isn't great for it - or is that welding from them?
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The new Makita 18v with Lion batteries are very good .But check that your inverter has enough jam to charge the batteries , otherwise go 12 volt and rig up a direct connection to your vehicle battery .Milwaukee 12 volt drills are very good .
My advice would be to avoid Dewalt [ if they are available in UK ] and Black and Decker .

What about taking a cheap generator ?
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The downside to using an inverter/charger combination is if you do need to drill something it is more than likely going to be metal and a small 12v drill battery will be flat very quickly drilling this stuff. If however you take it straight of the vehicle 12v battery as described in earlier posts you can keep the engine ticking over and drill all day loing....
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Ollie

B&Q do a pretty good / cheap / robust cordless drill with charger that would neatly plug into a 12 V inverter unit you have......I have used it in hammer action mode on masonary and its pretty tough....holds charge well too

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