2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Giant Power Tool Helps Put Up Hot House Tunnels
Allaway’s super drill’s big DC motor runs through a 43:1 gear reducer. The frame is made out of pieces of 1-in. pipe. The electronics include a 50A mini-ANL fuse and fuse holder, a reversing contactor (2 x DPST), a reversing switch to select direction by choosing which coil of the contactor to energize, and a push-button trigger switch.
The output drive has an adapter that Allaway built to securely connect with the eyelet screw-in ground anchors. He might eventually make a chuck-type adapter for it so he can use the drill for other tasks. But the main reason for building it was to handle the job of placing and removing the ground anchors, which Allaway says has always been a real drag to do by hand.
“This rig is a hard-working tool that really takes the back-breaking labor out of anchor placement,” he adds. “Whoever uses it has to be strong enough to manage a 50-lb. cordless drill.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Reid Allaway, Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm, 1025 Chemin St-Dominique, les Cedres, Quebec Canada J7T 1P5 (ph 450 452-4271; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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