How to make a drill from a screwdriver

In order to understand how to make a drill from a screwdriver, you first need to understand at least in general terms what are both tools and how they differ from each other.

Battery Cordless Screwdriver

Scheme of the cordless screwdriver.

Comparison of the characteristics of the drill and screwdriver

The main functional purpose of the screwdriver is the installation and disassembly of threaded fasteners. If necessary, some models allow you to drill holes in various materials.

Scheme of the internal structure of the screwdriver

Scheme of the internal structure of the screwdriver.

The structure of the tool includes a clutch that regulates the amount of torque, or as it is also called - ratchet. This node provides the performance of work without disrupting the slots on the heads of fasteners. Having set the regulator to a certain position, it is physically no longer possible to apply a greater force — the cartridge in which the bit is clamped will simply scroll.

Another distinctive feature is the presence of a spindle braking system. The operation of this system is manifested in the almost instantaneous termination of the rotation of the tool when the power supply is cut off.

Characteristics that affect the ability of the tool to tighten screws or screws of a certain length and diameter, as well as the ability to drill holes of the required diameter and depth:

  • torque;
  • the number of revolutions per minute.
Mini drill assembly scheme

Assembly scheme of mini-drills.

For working with fasteners, a torque of 10 Nm and a speed of 500 rpm are sufficient. To perform the holes, these parameters should already have larger values: 30-60 Nm and 1200-1300 rpm.

An electric drill is a fairly powerful tool, the main function of which is to make holes in materials of different hardness. In this case, the torque from the motor shaft is directly transmitted to the working element - the drill.

A drill, unlike a screwdriver, has high revolutions per minute and less torque. In some models, there is a smooth regulation of the engine speed through a rheostat, which allows, if necessary, the installation or disassembly of threaded fasteners.

Thus, the areas of application of the two tools in some areas overlap. A logical assumption would be to use in individual cases a screwdriver to perform operations associated with drilling holes. Additional prerequisites for such use are the small weight of the tool and, accordingly, the ease and convenience of working with it.

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Using a domestic screwdriver as a drill

Diagram of the assembled mini drill

Diagram collected mini-drills.

Turn the most common screwdriver into a drill is very simple. The design of the cartridge allows quite reliably fix the drill with a cylindrical shank. It is enough to insert a drill into the chuck of the tool and you can start working.

However, it should be understood that structural strength is not designed to make holes, especially in hardwood, metal or concrete. With the application of significant axial loads there will be a high probability of failure of the planetary gearbox, transmitting the torque from the engine to the working body or the torque control clutch.

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Using a specialized tool

In order to be able to combine the function of tightening screws and drilling holes in the body of one tool, the following conditions must be met:

  • the minimum required torque values ​​and revolutions per minute must be provided;
  • the battery must have the necessary power to ensure that a reasonable number of holes of the required diameter and depth are made without recharging.
Diagram of the device drill

Diagram of the device drill.

Tools with similar parameters are already specialized and are called a drill-screwdriver.

The execution of the required number of holes is provided in several ways:

  • the use of two batteries with alternate mode of operation (one works, the other is charging);
  • the use of batteries with greater capacity and, consequently, a long service life;
  • use as a power source of the electrical network.

The functional range of operations that can be performed with a similar power tool expands to drilling holes not only in wood and plaster-like materials, but also in brick and concrete. Thereby, the area characteristic of the perforator is already affected.

It is safe to say that the drill-screwdriver is a universal tool for carrying out repair and finishing works in everyday life.

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Connecting the screwdriver to the network: recommendations

Household electric drill

Household electric drill.

In those cases where the acquisition of expensive powerful professional tools can not afford or is not rational from a financial point of view, you can try to convert the household screwdriver into a drill.

Since changing the operating parameters of torque and the number of revolutions is very problematic and most often does not justify itself, the alteration in most cases comes down to a change in the way of feeding. That is, replacing batteries with a stationary power supply.

The task of connecting to the network will be reduced to the conversion of 220V to 12V or 24V.

It will successfully handle the power supply from a computer or laptop with the appropriate parameters.

Types of drills

Types of drills.

The power supply unit is connected to a household electrical outlet with a standard cable. Over the connection of the screwdriver and power supply will have to work a little bit with a soldering iron.

To begin with, the battery is removed from the screwdriver. Then an IDE ATA Molex power connector is attached to the case. There is a wiring that connects the pins of the connector to the pins to which the power supply was previously connected.

It is also necessary to make an adapter cable connecting the power supply and the mounted connector. The starting material for the manufacture of the adapter is a two-wire electrical wire. IDE ATA Molex mating power connectors are fixed at the ends of the wire by soldering.

Diagram of the device chuck

Diagram of the device clamping cartridge.

In the case of using a power supply from a laptop, you can use two mounting options:

  • a socket connector suitable for a standard laptop power cord is displayed on the screwdriver body;
  • An IDE ATA Molex power connector is displayed on the case, and a mating connector is soldered to the power cord.

A universal version of the power connection, allowing the use of any power sources, provides for the manufacture of a universal cable-adapter.

The design of the cable allows you to connect it to the screwdriver using a computer power connector to a connection point that was previously output to the case. On the other hand, the cable is supplied with several parallel connectors.

Of the most common connectors worth mentioning are:

  • IDE ATA computer power supply connector;
  • “Crocodiles” - for connection to the terminals of a powerful battery;
  • adapter for connection to the automotive power system.

With all the variety of ways to use a screwdriver as a drill, you should always remember that the drilling function in it is just an auxiliary function. No matter how great the temptation is to use the resulting conversion as a full-fledged drill or, especially, a perforator, this is not worth it.

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