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Well after 10 years my recharchable battery drill for winding our caravan steadies up is rapidly failing!

I thought I would ask Father Christmas for a new one! 
Not too expensive. Last one came fro Aldi or Lidl.

Any suggestions please.

Not too expensive as we are poor pensioners.

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Paul

2019 Bailey Platinum (640) Phoenix from Chipping Sodbury caravans, towed by our  2017 my Discovery Sport!

 

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Mine is an 18 volt B&Q own-brand, my parents use an Aldi 14 volt own brand, both have been fine over the last few years.

2018 Volvo V90 and 2018 Swift Sprite Quattro EB

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18v rechargeable off  e bay 5 years ago,it cost £18.50 inc postage,never heard of the make but still going strong,if that fails I shall have to resort to getting the manual winder out,the wife need the exercise.

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Provided it's an 18V one, there's little to choose between them I suspect, unless you want to use it heavily i.e. as a workman using it all day every day, in which case you need to pay for a good one (£100ish).

I do advise getting one with at least 2 speeds, because the lower the speed, the more torque and you'll need that torque to do the job.

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3 minutes ago, daveat92 said:

 

I do advise getting one with at least 2 speeds, because the lower the speed, the more torque and you'll need that torque to do the job.

 

That's a good point, I use ours to wind the motor mover onto the tyres and the low speed/high torque setting is needed for that.  All I'd say to anyone new is don't use that setting for the corner steadies or they'll likely cause damage.

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Mine was a knackered old Homebase own brand with a failing (and irreplaceable battery)...  My daughter bought me a shiny new Ryobi  as a Christmas gift and a second battery as a birthday gift.

 

The difference between the two drills was staggering, particularly in battery duration.

 

 

2 minutes ago, Nigelwyn said:

I've never thought of trying to use a drill to move the motor mover onto the tyres.  Does that work well?

 

I’d imagine that on our manual Powrtouch and based on the length of the wrench used to engage the both rollers simultaneously, it wouldn't work.  Never tried it though. 
 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Nigelwyn said:

I've never thought of trying to use a drill to move the motor mover onto the tyres.  Does that work well?

It is for the steadies!

2019 Bailey Platinum (640) Phoenix from Chipping Sodbury caravans, towed by our  2017 my Discovery Sport!

 

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I would imagine that some of the more expensive motorised engagement motor movers would have a manual wind on/off overide mechanism.

Could be mistaken! 

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I used to have a Bosch cordless, when the battery gave up the ghost it was cheaper to buy a drill from Aldi with 2 batteries, than a replacement Bosch battery.   Bit of a no brainier tbh.  

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There is little point in buying a “high end” rechargeable drill/driver just to wind your steadies. 

 

The cheaper makes tend to have a pretty limited battery life, so just be sure to recharge after each trip (or more often if on an extended trip and moving sites regularly) 

 

 

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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34 minutes ago, daveat92 said:

Provided it's an 18V one, there's little to choose between them I suspect, unless you want to use it heavily i.e. as a workman using it all day every day, in which case you need to pay for a good one (£100ish).

I do advise getting one with at least 2 speeds, because the lower the speed, the more torque and you'll need that torque to do the job.

Ditto, I have a Dewalt one, but also use it for wheel nuts etc,,,

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Facebook market place, I got a Bosch 14v for £5 but buyer beware as it could be a ‘hot item’. Do your research on the seller if they have become a member really recently it’s a red flag. Look at their feedback (yes you can do this on Facebook), look at their posts, is there anything on them that could give a red flag. For steadies you don’t need an expensive high end, high torque drill just something that will bring 4 down and 4 up in one trip.

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56 minutes ago, Nigelwyn said:

I've never thought of trying to use a drill to move the motor mover onto the tyres.  Does that work well?


Ours is an EMove which requires manual winding to move the rollers into the tyres. The cordless on the slow/high torque setting does it easily.

2018 Volvo V90 and 2018 Swift Sprite Quattro EB

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1 hour ago, GaryB1969 said:

 

That's a good point, I use ours to wind the motor mover onto the tyres and the low speed/high torque setting is needed for that.  All I'd say to anyone new is don't use that setting for the corner steadies or they'll likely cause damage.

a) Only if you are silly and continue to wind beyond the point where it's obvious the steady is up/down, and have the wrist strength to hold the drill from twisting!

b) My drill (a Black & Decker which cost c£45*) really struggles to do the job on high speed and if it did manage to do it, then there is a risk it will quickly go beyond the up/down point on the steady.

 

* It also gets a bit of use around the house and garage, but I bet the Screwfix one mentioned above is just as good for occasional use.

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51 minutes ago, ReggiePerrin said:

 

I’d imagine that on our manual Powrtouch and based on the length of the wrench used to engage the both rollers simultaneously, it wouldn't work.  Never tried it though. 
 

 

 


True, those that are cam operated and use a half-turn engagement with a lever action probably wouldn’t work. 

2 minutes ago, daveat92 said:

a) Only if you are silly and continue to wind beyond the point where it's obvious the steady is up/down, and have the wrist strength to hold the drill from twisting!

b) My drill really struggles to do the job on high speed and if it did manage to do it, then there is a risk it will quickly go beyond the up/down point on the steady.


My drill on high speed really whizzes the steadies down and stops it dead at just the right pressure. If it was in the higher torque setting I could almost push them up through the floor. Watching some folks winding steadies down you’d think they were trying to use them to dig foundations.

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This drill is for winding the steadies, not the motor mover!

2019 Bailey Platinum (640) Phoenix from Chipping Sodbury caravans, towed by our  2017 my Discovery Sport!

 

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2 minutes ago, PR1 said:

This drill is for winding the steadies, not the motor mover!


It’s for drilling holes. Why wouldn’t you use it for winding the mover?

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6 minutes ago, GaryB1969 said:


Ours is an EMove which requires manual winding to move the rollers into the tyres. The cordless on the slow/high torque setting does it easily.

That sounds like a good system as I find the cam system on our van a bit "viscous"

Also motor mover + steadies would be the only scenario that would convince me to carry a drill as I think that steadies alone would be like using a hammer to crack an egg

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1 minute ago, robertB said:

That sounds like a good system as I find the cam system on our van a bit "viscous"

 


It is a lot easier (especially with a drill, despite what others think). Winding it manually has to be done with a corner steady brace.

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Bought one from Aldi about six years ago and is still going strong. It has the full range of torque settings and so sets the steadies perfectly.

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1 hour ago, ReggiePerrin said:

Mine was a knackered old Homebase own brand with a failing (and irreplaceable battery)...  My daughter bought me a shiny new Ryobi  as a Christmas gift and a second battery as a birthday gift.

 

The difference between the two drills was staggering, particularly in battery duration.

 

 

 

I’d imagine that on our manual Powrtouch and based on the length of the wrench used to engage the both rollers simultaneously, it wouldn't work.  Never tried it though. 
 

 

 

The two batteries on my Bosch seem to be done now. Not bad, it's lasted 15 years of heavy use. 

 

You'd reccomend Ryobi then? 

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I had a Ryobi, with 2 batteries. I now have an Aldi with 2 batteries. I also have a 12vdc to 240ac inverter, so if the drill batteries need charging when we are travelling between site's (France), the drill battery is at maximum charge!

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