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Drill-Powered Vise Cracks Nuts
A hammer just wasn’t doing it for Gerry Hawkes, so he figured out a better way to crack the hard shells of black walnuts using a small vise and a cordless drill.
“I use a lower speed and go light on the trigger to get a precise crack, so it doesn’t smash the walnut,” Hawkes says. With his setup mounted on a board that rests on his lap, he often cracks walnuts while watching television.
He removed the vise handle and welded square stock to the back end of the screw that opens and closes the jaws. The other end of the square stock slips into the drill’s chuck. When a walnut is placed between the jaws, he uses the drill to crack it, then hits reverse to open the jaws.
A sheet of polyethylene under the vise lets the jaws slide freely and everything is secured in place with zip ties to the board.
“It’s proving to be a very powerful, precise and fast nutcracker,” Hawkes says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gerry Hawkes, Eco Systems, Inc., 796 Wayside Road Ext., Woodstock, Vt. 05091 (ph 866-638-7337; Gerry.Hawkes@gmail.com).

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