Peeking at a Milwaukee Brushless Motor
Here’s a rear internal view of Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel brushless impact driver. I removed the back cap, or what I thought was the cap, and the fan, permanent magnet, and drive shaft came off as one piece. I don’t have anything else to add about this, or why I was peeking inside the tool’s housing, but I thought you’d find the image interesting.
Dewalt 12V Max Brushless Current Draw
I also learned something interesting yesterday, about Dewalt’s 12V Max brushless screwdriver, and how it draws more than 3-4A of current to spin up without load. I thought it’d be less, but at 4A that’s what, 50W under no-load conditions? I have more measurements to make.
Today’s a workshop cleaning day, and it’s a tough one because I’m now trying to determine whether to go with cabinets, shelving, workbenches, or a pile of milk crates.
I had went with a custom shelving solution out of 80/20 extrusions, but the slope, humidity, temperature, or other garage environmental conditions caused the rubber-padded swivel feet to fail. The top rails are 1.5″ x 1.5″ and so there’s no room for a larger bracket to accept larger-stemmed swivel feet. I could have better success with larger feet than what I used, but at significantly higher prices I’m not willing to pay.
So… I think I’ll redo things, perhaps with shop-made racks or what-not until I can figure out a sturdier metal-based solution. I might have to build an assembly table that doubles as a garage for my kids’ Power Wheels car, which is currently stored vertically in my 80/20 shelving unit.
It’s funny, I have similar rubber-padded swivel feet in the basement, and nothing slid apart, so why did it happen in the garage? I guess if environmental conditions are just right, combined with the swivel feet resting at an angle, the adhesive fails and allows the steel foot to slip.
Olight’s flash sale is still ongoing. Read more about it here. Visit the sale page directly. If you miss it, don’t fret; with how things have been going, there will likely be another flash sale next month. And if you’re not into Olight, we’ll have a bunch of different lights from other brands to recommend for and against in coming weeks.
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What’s an Engineer Hammer?
According to Wikipedia and an early 1900’s reference on locomotive supplies, engineer hammers were part of a railroad engineer’s toolkit.
Today, engineer hammers, such as this Estwing, are essentially shaped like mini sledge hammers. I have found that they are generally longer than drilling hammers, and with narrower sledge-shaped heads. Drilling hammer heads are a bit stubbier, such as on the new Milwaukee:
If you haven’t already seen it, here’s our post on the new Milwaukee drilling hammer.
Tool of the Day: Seville Wire Shelving Cart
Today’s tool of the day is this Seville 3-tier wire shelving cart, priced at $74 via Amazon. I bought one back in April for the same $74.04 price, and it’s quite versatile. Right now I’m using it for gardening supplies, but it’ll be used as a tool and materials catch-all once the season is over.
It measures 30″ wide (34″ with the handle) x 18″ deep x 33.5″ tall and has a 500 lb weight capacity. The shelves all have raised lips, which helps keep things from sliding off, and all 4 casters swivel.