Introduction: Power Peeler

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Are you tired of peeling hundreds of potatoes during the holiday season?

Are you hands aching from peeling too many apples?

Then it's time you tried the POWER PEELER!

More POWER. More PEELING. The Power Peeler lets you peel lots of produce in a short amount of time. It's also a spectacle that's sure to draw a crowd!

Step 1: Tools + Ingredients

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1. Hand Drill

2. Spade Drill Bit -> this worked MUCH better than a regular drill bit. I experimented with the apple and it kept falling off of the bit after a few rotations.

3. Vegetable Peeler (one with a horizontal blade)

Ingredients: I found the most success with potatoes and apples. Feel free to try different types of fruits and vegetables.**

Potato: Cut the potato in half before peeling so it keeps stead on the bit.

Apple: Leave the apple whole. Try to find symmetrical apples.

**I experimented with chucking a carrot directly in the drill but it fell out pretty quickly. The cucumber was fairly bumpy and hard to peel (see last step for my attempt). I am planning to do the butternut squash on the lathe soon!!

Step 2: Attach Vegetable/Fruit to Drill

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Put the item that you want to peel on a cutting board. Stab the spade bit into the end of the apple (or other fruit/vegetable). Chuck the bit in the drill as you normally would.

Step 3: Peeling Technique

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I experimented peeling the apple and potato several ways. These are the best techniques I found:

  1. Keep the base of the drill firmly planted against the table with your hand
  2. Keep the drill bit parallel to the table
  3. Tilt the head of the vegetable peeler tilted slightly against the item you're peeling
  4. Draw the peeler from the end of the item towards the drill

DO NOT (see last image):

  1. Rest the item you are peeling against the table
  2. Tilt the drill

Step 4: Peeling Videos

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Check out some experiments we did with different produce.

Peeling an apple....

Peeling a potato...

Peeling a cucumber...


jʎɐɹ-ɾ (author)2016-12-22

Can't wait to try this! Is the drill bit food safe? :')

parisusa (author)2016-05-19

There are many Instructables on how to knit, paint, build and other well known crafts/ideas yet the authors are not harassed to credit the "original guy" on Reddit or other sources. Give this author a break! She took time out of her life to share a useful & fun idea with this community. Not to patent it. Please be kind to each other.

vjietha (author)2015-04-09

Awesome idea..

Buy Fruits & Vegetables @ in HYDERABAD

russ_hensel (author)2015-02-06

Just a note to let you know I have added this to the collection: Cordless Drills Hacking for Other Uses !


Take a look at a bunch of project involving odd uses of drills.

and for even more drill info


owlsquest (author)2014-04-15

My Dad would have loved this! He had a mean wooden ice cream maker when we were kids. Hooked the crank mechanism up to a drill and fresh peach ice cream was ready in short order for 7 very hungry kids. Thinking of what he could do with a bushel of apples makes me hungry for his apple fritters. Great 'ible!

Carleyy (author)owlsquest2014-09-17

Thanks! That peach ice cream sounds delicious!

rosemary gillespie (author)2014-04-24

Nice video. It will be a great help when making classical old fashioned apple pies.

Awesome. Let me know how it works out!

Mayam78 (author)2014-04-15

As for drills, reciprocating saws and the like, I think collectively humanity has likely explored any conceivable use for them. Somewhere, someone at sometime has "already thought of it" in a generic sense. Nifty application though despite origin. A thought: Anyone consider various sizes of a keyhole bit? May help with stability issues giving a more secure "grip" at pretty much any angle.

Waztsn (author)2014-04-15

aren't you not allowed to copy? i just saw this on reddit a week ago. im kinda confused because i was going to do this but then i thought i couldnt copy

grangerknives (author)2014-04-15

Clever idea! I've never seen anything like it before.

I really appreciate you putting it in front of us today. Good work!

syedrezaali (author)2014-04-14

Hahahaha so awesome

Carleyy (author)syedrezaali2014-04-14

Thanks Reza!

rasikananda (author)2014-04-13

Could use that to grate cheese as well!

Carleyy (author)rasikananda2014-04-14

Interesting! I think I might experiment with this.

Switch and Lever (author)2014-04-09

I swear I just saw a GIF of a chef doing this in a kitchen not two days ago.

So did I.

Carleyy (author)Switch and Lever2014-04-10

That was my inspiration to try this!

true, was on the news. Is a dutch chef needed to peel lots of appels.

vincent7520 (author)2014-04-13

Cucumber : FAIL ! Anyway peeling a cucumber or carrots is way too easy. I would never use a power peeler for this.

Potatoe : FAIL ! Too bad, I would love to have a real power tool for this.

Apple : WIN !!!!! I will definitely use this technique the next time I cook apple sauce for 15 people !!!…

All in all. Good point. Potato peeling needs to be improved.

Congrats !…

Carleyy (author)vincent75202014-04-14

The potato actually worked really well! I just had to cut it in half before I started peeling.

Constructed (author)vincent75202014-04-13

Potato peeling HAS been improved :)

vincent7520 (author)Constructed2014-04-14

Aaaah …

Sweet ! … ;)))

Jayefuu (author)2014-04-13

This was on the reddit front page a few days ago. Wouldn't it be nice to reference/credit him since it wasn't your idea?

phenoptix (author)Jayefuu2014-04-13

Right with you there Jayefuu, does no harm to give a nod to where you saw the idea - whether it was the original or not. Stops you appearing like somebody trying to pass off an idea as their own. It's mentioned in the comments that it was the inspiration but it's always best to reference.

Great instructable none the less.

Jayefuu (author)phenoptix2014-04-13

Thanks Ben. Agreed it's an excellent Instructable, I just have no doubt that's where Carley saw it, despite the other commenters. Plus it's always a good habit.

scoochmaroo (author)Jayefuu2014-04-14

Maybe the poster on reddit saw it here last year:

acoleman3 (author)Jayefuu2014-04-14

let me ask you this. what if constructed never *saw* the reddit post hmm? how is he supposed to give credit to an entity he has no knowledge of. your comment was poorly thought out.

MrCafe (author)Jayefuu2014-04-13

This was around for years man, just because it was posted on reddit doesn't make it an original idea.

Thank you for posting this up, my apple peeler died, aaaaand my drill is kinda just sitting there.

CircleS (author)Jayefuu2014-04-13

This idea is well known by the world, the "guy" in Reddit didn't create this "workflow" ;)

OutlawKtulu (author)2014-04-14

I find this instructable apealing

alilike16 (author)2014-04-14

Nice project

bo88y (author)2014-04-14

Don't forget to wash that spade bit. Do you remember every hole it's been in?

mrsryoko (author)2014-04-13

But The,First Question Is Why Peel? Skins Are Good For You. I Seldom Peel, Almost,Always Mash Potatoes With Skins. Apple Pie Sometimes Peel Depending On Thickness Of Skin.
That Said I Do Agree Brilliant And Wild!

bo88y (author)mrsryoko2014-04-14

And the skin is where the insecticides are, too, unless you pay extra for organic.

billguz (author)mrsryoko2014-04-13

You remove the skins because people, like myself, that have an ileostomy can't digest skins. So the skins clog up their intubation tubes. Most of their digestive systems have been removed. Hope this helps.

melliott11 (author)2014-04-13

Yes, yes, yes, love it.

iHeartCollectibles (author)2014-04-13

This is awesome!! And frikkin' hilarious!

pitty (author)2014-04-13

How did you go with the carrots? DO you need a smaller drill bit?

msemtd (author)2014-04-13

The GIF said it all - love this - well done!

ZANIESXD (author)2014-04-13

How to peel a potato that's already been peeled. Are you joking? Fail.

typogenerator (author)2014-04-13


chabias (author)2014-04-13

This looks so much faster than the Daisy Stripper....or whatever they call it nowadays. In the 80s, an electric peeler on the market was the Daisy Stripper, and it didn't really work that well with potatoes/veggies that had any bumps at all. With Carleyy's version, at least you can control the pressure you put on the veggie/fruit for better peeling.

chabias (author)chabias2014-04-13

oops...I just looked it up, and it's Dazey, not Daisy.

zawy (author)2014-04-13

love it.

doo da do (author)2014-04-13

Another good use for a dril, I like thinking outside the box. Doodadol

susan_k (author)2014-04-13

This is both hilarious and brilliant! I can't wait to go help out in the kitchen now!

mikeasaurus (author)2014-04-09

Your peeling technique is unstoppable!

hogey74 (author)mikeasaurus2014-04-13

The essence of peeling was undeniable.

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