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Old 06-27-2020, 12:18 PM   #1
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Suggest Drill for Jacks

Someone has recommended a drill, that's not too strong for some fear. I can't seem to find the post or note.

Can you suggest a small, not too costly drill to travel with?

And if you can suggest any other tools needed would also help me.

Thanks!
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Old 06-27-2020, 12:30 PM   #2
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This is the one I use.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...7-22/204300706
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Someone has recommended a drill, that's not too strong for some fear. I can't seem to find the post or note.

Can you suggest a small, not too costly drill to travel with?

And if you can suggest any other tools needed would also help me.

Thanks!
I've got a Black & Decker 12V for on the road. It is about as inexpensive as you're going to find. It's small and light. I have 18 volt cordless stuff I use at home.

As far as not too strong. Most modern drills have a clutch that keeps you from over driving screws, so you can set the clutch so slip before it would twist out of your hand.

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I assume by “Jacks” you are referring to the stabilizers
Menards had a battery drill on sale for $20 ,thought I would save a couple of bucks , ok drill but not enough torque for the stabalizers
(Most better battery drills have an adjustable clutch you can set so it slips before you hurt your wrist )
I then bought a drill that produces 430 in/lbs of torque , it came with 2 -20V lithium ion batteries , a charger and a carrying bag for a little over $50
Adjusted the drill’s clutch - Works great
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Old 06-27-2020, 12:48 PM   #5
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I've got a Black & Decker 12V for on the road. It is about as inexpensive as you're going to find. It's small and light.
Ditto ... all you need.
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I do not use the drill on my stabilizers as long as I can use the crank I will. However in 18v battery tools at home and for my 12 volt inflator I am all Milwaukee. Routers and accurate jigsaw: Bosch. Hand tools: S-K, Proto, Klein, Armstrong, USA made Craftsman, Snap-on.
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A lot of folks use impact type drills. Personally I find them annoying and I don't like their ability to force the stabilizers to work even when they need servicing. Using a basic, non-impact drill works fine if your stabilizers are clean and lubed. If it wants to twist around it's sending you a message.

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A lot of folks use impact type drills. Personally I find them annoying and I don't like their ability to force the stabilizers to work even when they need servicing. Using a basic, non-impact drill works fine if your stabilizers are clean and lubed. If it wants to twist around it's sending you a message.

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True that!!


I use my 18V Ryobi, which is overkill, but when we are setting up after dark, or leaving early, I just use the hand crank, because it's quieter than I am at that point. It's nice to have a piece of flat wood or a pad to kneel on either way.
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That sounds like the comment that I gave someone before. I use the following and would recommend it..

https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PS31-2A.../dp/B003BEE2LU
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If one isn't trying to bury the stabilizers in the ground you can use a drill/driver or low speed and stop after just a chirp or 2 set at a reasonable torque.
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If one isn't trying to bury the stabilizers in the ground you can use a drill/driver or low speed and stop after just a chirp or 2 set at a reasonable torque.
I use mine for fast up and down. But I use the hand crank for the final tweak. Much better feedback on how much you're loading up the stabilizer.

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Someone has recommended a drill, that's not too strong for some fear. I can't seem to find the post or note.

Can you suggest a small, not too costly drill to travel with?

And if you can suggest any other tools needed would also help me.

Thanks!
I carry a plastic tote with Ryobi Battery Operated Tools (Home Depot). I've never had battery tools before and started buying when we got the Escape, they are on my favorites list now. We bring along the following Ryobi tools, drill / leaf blower (works great for clearing the top of the awning and the outdoor mat and even the pad we park on) / a work light / a lantern / a fan / a vacuum / tire inflator /2 batteries and the charger.
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I use mine for fast up and down. But I use the hand crank for the final tweak. Much better feedback on how much you're loading up the stabilizer.

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I use the crank exclusively, also for the feel. But I don’t use a drill at all even though I take one along on every trip. In the time it takes to retrieve both the drill and the crank, I can just grab the crank and have the stabilizers set. I personally don’t see using two tools to do a simple 30 second job as being efficient. YMMV!
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While I carry a Bosch 12V hammer drill, I don't use it for the stabilizers. I have heard drills doing stabilizers all the way across a campground, and figure I can still manage to do it by hand. I did purchase a 3/8" socket & crank from Harbor Freight. The spinning handle is easier on the hands than the stock crank.
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Old 06-27-2020, 10:40 PM   #16
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Shux, the stab jacks are so much easier than the ones on my old Casita that I am glad to use that factory-supplied crank..seems simple and nothing more needed. for me.
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I use the crank exclusively, also for the feel. But I donít use a drill at all even though I take one along on every trip. In the time it takes to retrieve both the drill and the crank, I can just grab the crank and have the stabilizers set. I personally donít see using two tools to do a simple 30 second job as being efficient. YMMV!
I don't know about that. It takes 33 rotations of the crank, times 4, 132 rotations or 4 taps on the drill trigger. Since they're stored together it's not a big deal to take both with me. I also have a 3/4" hex on my tongue jack and use the drill there for the quick up down part.

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While I carry a Bosch 12V hammer drill, I don't use it for the stabilizers. I have heard drills doing stabilizers all the way across a campground, and figure I can still manage to do it by hand. The spinning handle is easier on the hands than the stock crank.
I hear you Jon, or rather I don't hear you and you don't hear me because noise, horrible noise, is one of the reasons that I use a plain drill not an impact one.

Yah, I hated the stock handle so I put a ball bearing and nice on the hands round end on mine.

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Ron i like the hex on the tongue jack! I was wondering if that was possible. I think ill give it a go. I agree on the impactors - while they are amazing for driving screws they are too loud for camping and a regular drill works just fine.
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I did that mod to my Scamp and tried it with an impact drill. Hated it and didn't like doing that to the gears. So I converted it back to stock.

On this mod, using a non-impact drill it works fine but I don't make it do any heavy lifting, just quick up and down. I wouldn't do this mod unless you also make a removable handle for things like cranking it up under load to put WDH bars on.

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A lot of folks use impact type drills. Personally I find them annoying and I don't like their ability to force the stabilizers to work even when they need servicing. Using a basic, non-impact drill works fine if your stabilizers are clean and lubed. If it wants to twist around it's sending you a message.

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Drills are much less noisy. Impact drivers are very noisy and will wake your neighbors on an early exit. I have a Ryobi drill that works well. Battery works for inflator as well.
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