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Old 02-22-2016, 12:57 AM   #1
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Running Powertools

So, I'm curious, does anyone know of anyway that I could run my power tools off of the alternator (whilst the engine is running, or off of batteries charged by the same)? This lack of power is really hampering the speed at which I can move my build forward.
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:31 AM   #2
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You would have to use an inverter. Or a generator. Or cordless tools. What kind of tools do you want to run?
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Old 02-22-2016, 02:01 AM   #3
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The inverter option is what I was interested in. I'm just not sure how to go about setting that up. Anyway, trying to run a grinder, a sawzall, a power drill, a compressor....you know. The basics. Especially in the case of the grinder, cordless tools simply don't pass muster, especially seeing as I don't have any outlet access within a mile. The bus is stored and worked on at a self storage facility.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:21 AM   #4
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I'd go for the generator, personally. Stable power source, and more able to handle the compressor. As for cordless tools, I've got Ryobi, and with their impact driver was quite able to take down every ceiling panel with only a couple of battery swaps
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Old 02-22-2016, 10:03 AM   #5
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I've been slowly adding cordless tools to my collection and they've been great. It started when I found a DeWalt 20v max (which is actually 18v, like all the others) drill with 2 batteries at our local garbage dump. Yep, that's right.. at the dump.
I liked it so much that I ended up purchasing a grinder, circular saw and a handful of 4Ah batteries. They now have 5Ah batteries.. very tempting.

If I was starting with nothing I may have considered Makita or other brands, but having a free DeWalt drill kept me with DeWalt.

I'll tell ya, that grinder is great. We have a bush lot with no electricity run to it and with a couple batteries and a cut-off disc I can blast through plenty of steel. The torque on that thing is better than my previous plug-in grinder.
I also picked up a car charger so I can easily charge the batteries inside the bus (with the solar panels) or in the car while driving. The 4Ah batteries fully charge within 30-45 minutes so I can keep a mostly steady work flow, sometimes with a 10 minute break in between.

It's certainly an investment, though. If you already have an assortment of power tools and don't expect to get LOTS of use out of new ones, then just get a generator. Way easier. A generator is also 1000% (approximately) better than running the bus engine to charge batteries or run an inverter.



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Old 02-22-2016, 03:12 PM   #6
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I agree with jazty.. I bought a hyundia 2000 watt generator for $550 on ebay. Very pleased for running heater all night when camping and lots of tool related use. They are not as quite as the Honda or Yamaha gens but pretty damn good for 1/3 the cost.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:01 PM   #7
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Lowe's has a Generac generator, for $386.10.
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Old 02-22-2016, 08:28 PM   #8
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I picked up a Honeywell (Generac) inverter generator for $350 on craigslist. That runs everything I need.
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Old 02-22-2016, 10:23 PM   #9
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get a generator, then you can build it into your bus and always have it.
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I'd go for the generator, personally. Stable power source, and more able to handle the compressor. As for cordless tools, I've got Ryobi, and with their impact driver was quite able to take down every ceiling panel with only a couple of battery swaps
I have Ryobi, and very happy with them, can't beat the price and selection, they also have a 2000watt generator\inverter I wonder how well it works?
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