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


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

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

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

Check out some experiments we did with different produce.

Peeling an apple....

Peeling a potato...

Peeling a cucumber...



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    64 Discussions


    2 years ago

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


    3 years ago

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    1 reply

    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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


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

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

    amulder1Switch and Lever

    Reply 5 years ago

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


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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 !…