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Old 02-03-2007, 08:36 PM
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Default Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

I was wondering if anyone has ever tried adapting a cordles drill so it could be used to start a .40 type engine. I wonder if a bit could be fasioned to press up against the spinner. I cant imagine that a 12V drill wouldnt be enough torq to do the job.
Old 02-03-2007, 08:47 PM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

Ive seen an ad for a machined spinner adapter,
I think in MA (AMA) mag. It goes int the drill
chuck.
Old 02-03-2007, 08:47 PM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

I've seen it done with an 18v Dewalt Drill and a starter cone from a standard starter chucked up. Works great!
Old 02-03-2007, 09:37 PM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

I remember seeing a setup on eBay about a year ago for doing this. It looked like a machined aluminum piece that took a standard starter cone and had a shaft for the drill to grab.
Old 02-03-2007, 10:44 PM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

A dedicated starter only costs $20, so why bother with adapting a drill?
Old 02-04-2007, 12:14 AM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

You could certainly do it, but I agree, starters don't cost that much...
Old 02-04-2007, 07:42 AM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

ORIGINAL: Dsegal

A dedicated starter only costs $20, so why bother with adapting a drill?
localy there aout 60$ in my area and those are for 1.20 sized engines if yougo bigger[:@]
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

We do it with helicopters all the time but we use 6mm start shafts.
Old 02-04-2007, 08:40 AM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

I chucked a standard starter cone in an 18-volt drill and used it to start a Ryobi. It was clumsy but worked OK. Recollection is that standard starters were sluggish. A starter cone can be purchased separately.

Bill
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

I like the idea of a cordless starter, one thats not attached to a flight box.
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

I run my 12v drill to start my quadra 35 works great... So I had a cap to a fence post that was made out of steel that was just the right size as the rubber boot put a bolt in it with a nut and put it on the drill work great
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

Tronco, My starter is cordless. It started out as this...... [link=http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=HAN162]starter[/link] and I added two inexpensive battery packs to the bottom and now it's cordless. The packs are wired so that it's about 14 volts. (can't remember if that's series or parallel) and I bolted onto the bottom of the starter some thin hobby plywood and used electrical tape to attach the batteries to it. I start all my engines including a Saito 125 with and it works great so I wouldn't switch back.
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

Get this
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXL401&P=7
this
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXL400&P=7

and a bolt from the HWstore
Old 02-05-2007, 10:12 PM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

Yeah sscherin, thats the same solution i came up with. I just wanted to know if there was some reason why having a cordless drill as a starter was a bad idea. It seems to me it would be a pretty nice set up. Thanks for the input all.
Old 02-06-2007, 01:24 PM
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

tronco,

I have tried it. I machined the cone from scratch and bought the insert. The end result had two problems: 1) the drill chuck did not have the grab sufficient to hold the shaft so it would spin; 2) the drill did not have sufficient rpm to get the engine going. This was probably due to my drill being a B&D with not the highest rpm output.

Both of my problems are solvable. Just keep them in mind.

Bedford
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Default RE: Has anyone tried adapting a cordless drill into a starter?

A friend of mine has a 12 volt car starter mounted between to handles for a electric starter ....

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