|Item Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13 x 4 x 5 inches|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Price:||$58.95 + $11.00 shipping|
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- Single Pinion hand drill with 5/16" chuck capacity
- Suitable for small drilling applications where accuracy and control are required
- Overall length 11"
- Made in Germany by Schroeder
- See Diefenbacher Tools for Light Duty Hand Drill
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I see that the Peck Tool Company has changed the description of this drill from "Heavy Duty" to "Standard Duty." Judged against this different description, my opinion is that this drill is a five-star product. I say this because there is probably not a not a better quarter-inch hand drill manufactured today. Indeed, I would not have returned it if I did not already have a quarter-inch single-pinion hand drill (bought about 45 years ago) in my tool collection. In all fairness, a quarter-inch drill as sturdy as this one doesn't need the second pinion unless you expect to abuse it and yet have it survive for use by your grandchildren.
For a 3/8-inch chuck, the second pinion becomes more necessary. But don't buy a larger chuck than you need. A 1/4-inch chuck is difficult to find, and will fit into places where a larger one will not.
It's too bad there isn't a common description that fits between "Standard Duty" and "Heavy Duty." The quality of this drill is well above "Standard." You will not be disappointed with it for any normal use.
(I have changed the title of this review. I would also change the number of stars I have posted--but if there is a way to do so, I cannot find it).
Original review follows for reference
If you want a reasonably sturdy hand drill for light-duty use around the house, this drill will meet or exceed your needs. But if you are a trade-person who intends daily use of this drill for decades, you will be disappointed.
An ordinary "eggbeater" hand drill has two gears--the driving gear which you turn with a hand crank, and the driven or "pinion" gear, which is attached to and rotates the chuck.Read more ›
I did some basic testing on this drill. Every time you turn the wheel, the drill bit spins four times. I decided to go all out and spin it as fast as I can. I was able to spin the wheel 24 times in 10 seconds. This works out to the bit rotating at nearly 600 RPM.
This has some uses for powering other devices. I actually bought it because I was building a simple hand crank generator. To really get the generator to work well it requires a belt, pulley, or chain to get higher RPM. While that would still be ideal, it is a lot of work to actually construct that. Instead this can be hooked up to a shaft producing similar results. I suspect I could even power a small home-made hand crank Van De Graff generator with it, although I have not yet tried.
While the drill appears to be well made, it is really quite odd that there is not a second gear connected to the large gear for support. The frame even has an intentional space for this second gear, but the gear is absent. In the short run, this gear isn't really needed because it runs just fine on the one it has. I suspect over time the large gear will come loose since it is only supported on one side though. Amazon does not yet sell it, but this same company makes a model which sells for about twice as much which appears to have this feature along with better handles(the handle on the side of this model is just too small).Read more ›
You have to break a sweat. I tried 1/8" aluminum plate with a drill bit 9mm (11/32") - maximum size that it can take. 9mm is pretty big size. The drill rotates 4 times per each revolution of handle, and I could rotate the handle twice a second, which is 480 rpm. Maybe you can rotate it faster in soft materials. At that speed it made a hole in about 2 minutes, and I needed a rest by then. This isn't an inherent flaw - drill is NOT powered, you do need to use a muscle. Shouldn't be much problem with wood, or with smaller drill bits.
Don't be mistaken, you won't build a home with it, unless you are a shipwreck survivor and have many years to build it. It is slow and takes efforts. I agree with other reviews that slow speed provides a good control with precision drilling of small holes.
- Made in Germany. Let's face it, Chinese knock-offs are toss-a-coin, not worth saving 10 or 15 bucks and risk to get a junk.
- Always works, no battery that could fail.
- Takes bits up to 9mm or 11/32". It says 5/16 but it does take slightly larger 11/32".
- Costs 26 bucks at Sears, don't remember shipping, not much.
The bad: nothing.
It is smaller than it looks. Out of the box it makes impression of a very good "junior tool" for a schoolboy - to get him interested. Small crank handle, you hold it with few fingers, not the full grip.
Bottom line: it does what it is supposed to - drills holes up to 11/32".
Update March 2013.Read more ›
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Excellent tool. You get what you pay for is true with this tool.Published 13 months ago by james a. beal
Great quality !! I recommend going with this size so that you can handle both 5/16" and 1/4" drills.Published 14 months ago by Milo W. Dodds
I bought this to have some control over drilling fiberglass on a sailboat I am refitting. The drill is simple and does the job, but the handle is not bery useful. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gringo
To return to English, this is one of my oldest tools. I was given it at age six and now, seven years later, it just. Won't. Stop. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Henry J
It has a keyless chuck. Sometimes that's good. Not here. If you use this as a screwdriver, any strong torque you put on this will loosen the chuck making your bit at least not turn... Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by totallyfrozen
It's very flimsy, the famous German quality is no longer what it used to be 50 years ago. I bought this "tool" for my 6 year old son, who cannot yet handle power tools. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by EG