A comparison of the most common converted right angle drill used for winches vs the WinchRite.
The common right angle drill turns at 400rpm in slow speed. This 400rpm causes a load on the drill battery cranking amps depleting them at a rapid rate. Ripping the cranking amps from the battery results in a short battery capacity. The resulting short capacity, in many cases will not complete a winching task. The overloading of the drill and battery results in a short life span of the battery itself. It has been reported that some drills have over heated to the point of fire hazards.
The WinchRite turns at a variable speed up to 130rpm. This lower speed produced by lower gearing ratios results in both greater torque and a much longer battery capacity. This allows the WinchRite to complete the winching tasks.
2-Drill Chuck Drive Failure:
The common right angle drill is designed for drilling holes and has a threaded on chuck to insert various size drill bits. This threaded on chuck has a retaining screw which will snap when running in the reverse or counter clockwise rotation. This results in the chuck un-threading and could pose a potential safety risk, many of these chucks have been lost over board. The reverse rotation function is needed for the lower cranking speed / greater torque of a two speed winch.
The WinchRite has a 10mm square drive socket cog which will run in both rotations without failing. This allowing for proper operation of a two speed winch.
The common right angle drill weighs is 10.9 lbs or 4.95 kg. This generally requires both hands to operate. This may result in a safety factor in the cockpit or walking about the deck.
The WinchRite is slightly less than 6.5 lbs or 2.95 kg. This is 40% lighter.
4-Weather Resistance / Water Intrusion :
The common right angle drill is not designed for wet weather conditions. Water will cause the drill to fail.
The WinchRite is rated at IPX6 and is a sealed unit designed for high pressure spray. It can withstand water splash from rough sea conditions and rain when mounted in a winch.
Manufacturers of the various hand held drills do not cover damage or failure while using the device for non-drilling applications. Your warranty may be void if improper use is discovered.
The WinchRite is designed for sailing applications and we stand behind our product 100%.
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