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Old 05-12-2015, 03:18 PM   #21
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Nice work, Chris.
I think I'm going to borrow that adapter nut idea.

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Old 05-12-2015, 11:26 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Chris R View Post
Basically, I filed down the shaft so a 7/16 inch socket would fit on it or the cordless drill. Then I filed out the centre of a 3/4 inch nut so it can slide on to the shaft if needed. This took all of 15min to finish.
Chris, I saw the photo first and was going to ask if you have a mill in your shop - excellent file work!

The 3/4" nut mounting on the hex shaft portion is a great idea.

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Old 05-13-2015, 05:53 PM   #23
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Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas and pictures. I did receive a reply back from ETI and the tool is intended to be used with a power drill. This is NOT a rant against ETI. I hold the company and their product in the highest of regards. I just find this a bit odd. If one had to manual raise/lower the landing and gear and did not have a drill, it would be impossible. In my opinion, the tool should be usable immediately with the use of a hand tool.

So this is my solution. I went to Home Depot and purchased a 10" X 1/2" threaded bolt, a 1/2" hex nut and a 3/16" roll pin. Grand total of about $3.50. I switched the adapter for the motor over to the threaded rod and tightened the hex nut to make it stable. Just had to drill one hole. On the right in the photo is a Camco adapter used for raising/lowering stabilizer jacks with a drill. It can also be used manually with the tool provided for the jacks. A 4-way can be used. Also thought about buying a cheap speed handle (mentioned in an above post) with 3/4" socket. Choices, I like choices!

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