I make rain barrels. In fact I make quite a few. They are extremely tough as they are constructed from 1.25″ American White Oak-Oak this thick is incredibly hard: it is impossible to nail through-you need to pre drill the nail holes. To make the intake on my barrel I need to make a hole in the top. I have tried several ways to do this, but the most elegant is to cut a 4.25″ hole through the top with a hole saw. Now that Oak is also wet -soaked through with Wild Turkey whiskey, and the torque needed to turn a hole saw that large is rather extreme. I had a 4 amp Dewalt that was my toughest drill. The barrels ate it. So I bought a 7 amp Dewalt. And, the barrels ate it.
Then when business picked up last year, I bought my dream drill: a 8.5 amp Bosch Hammer drill. This tool was a beast, and if it managed to bind in the wet wood it would twist fast enough to bruise your ribs and knock the wind out of you. I have improved my technique much to the joy of my torso, but apparently even uber drills have limits. Last night, on barrel 147-a particularly tough one, the Bosch gave up the ghost in a fairly spectacular display of smoke and shorting electricity. It is off to be repaired this weekend, and I am searching for another drill -with 3 dozen barrels in the garage waiting for conversion I really need a back up on site.
I had some great shots of the drill all torn apart on the porch as I assessed the damage, not to bad, but terminal nonetheless, but I have misplaced the mini-USB for our EOS Camera and, alas, it is not to be.
Fret not, sweet Bosch! You will rise to drill again!
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