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I have an old ass (at least 20 years old) circular saw that is just too old. It makes a crazy noise when I stop sawing, which I'm pretty sure is the electric brake or something taking a crap, but it works well. I was cutting concrete with it this summer, and somehow it still runs regardless of me basically trying to burn it up. Also, I have a old cordless drill, 12V that the batteries have crapped out on. It was maybe 20 dollars new and I'm not interested in the work-from-an-outlet mod being as I have a new 18V Toshiba drill. What I'm interested in is finding a new use altogether for these tools. The first idea that came to mind was turning the saw into a lightweight winch, and using it to lift a shelf on a pulley in my garage. But like I said, this was just the first idea. I don't have a clue what to do with this drill and I'll use them as paperweights before I throw them away. So what do you think? I'm open to anything that might last more than five minutes once put together and is almost halfway safe. v

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jeff-o (author)2009-01-22

The DC motor from the drill could be used as a generator. With the proper gearing, you could make a miniature wind turbine!

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8bit (author)2009-01-19

If you want a real strong (though maybe slower) wench, you could gear it down a bunch.

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mynameisjonas (author)2009-01-19

take out the motor, and you can make countless things with a circular saw motor, like a lathe, or a rock tumbler.

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LuciKnows (author)2009-01-19

You're onto something very interesting here. I think we could see a long thread on this one. You could give them out as "trophy's" to your kids when they win something at school :)

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Goodhart (author)LuciKnows2009-01-19

Or they could be converted too; like making the drill plug in style, and if not as a drill, a hand mixer (paint rather then food), bolt it down as a small bench grinder, etc.

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Goodhart (author)2009-01-19

If the drill is really old (it'll have a metal, rather then plastic case), sometimes they can be turned into a corded drill with the proper PS (and maybe with the replacement of worn brushes in the motor if they are very old).

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Firebert010 (author)2009-01-19

The motors in these tools could be used for loads of projects. I like the winch idea, that's along the lines of what I'd do with it if I had one. Use it for whatever best suits your needs. Making a winch system like that would be a fun weekend project.

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