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Old 10-08-2011, 06:47 AM   #16
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I smoked a lot of drills before I finally spent the big bucks on the Milwaukee.

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Old 10-14-2011, 01:52 PM   #17
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Any drill with high torque and lower rpms should work fine. Most variable speed drills were not built for mixing. They will work but you can burn them up pretty easily.
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:05 PM   #18
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Gotta agree that the variables aren't as stout. The old Craftsman I referred to was bought somewhere in the 1980/81 time frame, I'm guessing, at a surplus store (rebuilt) for I think around $45.00 or so. It has literally mixed thousands of cans of ready mix and many bags of DuraBond (the main reason I got the variable). Had it rebuilt once (mainly as "preventative maintenance), probably in early '90 or so, and it still works. (I have to admit you could smell a bit of a "burning" smell at times after mixing several buckets non-stop, but it never quit.) I retired it because I don't mix that many buckets at a time any more.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:25 AM   #19
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I had the same issue when I remodelled my kitchen. I bought a cheap variable speed corded power drill just for mixing thinset. The drill lasted until the second last batch. Now that I am remodelling my bathroom, I purchased a 1/2" low speed, high torque drill from Harbor Frieght for less than 50 clams. I mixed up one batch already and it works great. Plenty of power and no smoke.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:22 AM   #20
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Ipeed, I mixed up one batch already and it works great. Plenty of power and no smoke.

No smoke is a good start.

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