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The Cordless Drill...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Strykervet, Jul 15, 2011.

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  1. Strykervet

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    I posted awhile back about using a cordless drill to make trimming brass on a RCBS hand lathe awhile back, just to find out others have been using the idea for some time. But it is still worthy to mention from time to time to save others extra work trimming until they can upgrade.

    Another thing I forgot to mention was that I found inserting the primer pocket cleaning brush, which usually screws into a handle, into the chuck on my 18v DeWalt (it doesn't touch the threads) works MUCH faster and better. Just another time saver, and all the help you can get with all of the tedious steps of preparing brass, especially rifle brass, is worth it!

    Oh yeah, forgot to mention but I should, if you attempt this be careful as always, and never use the drill at high speed. You can keep the drill set at high speed, but be easy on the trigger so it doesn't spin that fast. It doesn't take much using the drill to trim brass or clean primer pockets.
     
  2. Cosmoline

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    Thanks!

    I use the cordless for the little Lee trimmers and it works great.
     
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    Indeed, I even set it down with the chuck just off the edge of the bench so I don't have to keep holding it :)
     
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    Just remember most drills are not rated for constant run duty. Lord knows I've burnt more than my share of drills up. Be it high or low use loads. :)
     
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    I started out using my 18V DeWalt to trim my brass, but it was awkward at best. Then I went to a big box store and got a 9V Lithium powered electric screwdriver that has a hex chuck that accepts the Lee lock stud and shellholder. I use that with the Lee trimmer for my .308 Win brass. Works great so far.
     
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    My drill runs too fast
    and I can't keep it at the same speed if it's not full-go.

    So I used to use a cordless screwdriver.
    It's a lot slower than the drill, but works great.

    Now?
    I use a Lyman Power Trimmer.
    Guess I'm gettin' lazy in my "middle" age :D

    I wish Lyman had an auto advance - like a mini lathe. ;)
     
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