Do I have to use a drill?
Yes, you get to use a power tool! That is the whole point, customers have found this method of operating a chain binder so much easier, faster and safer. We are actually helping truckers that have sore shoulders and elbows repair themselves. In a spot where a drill is unavailable, you can simply use a 14mm wrench, pliers, ratchet and socket.
What happens if the battery goes dead?
Torque Drive binders are awesome to operate. Once a driver has a few days under his belt, the drill / battery set will be his best friend. He will take care of it. We equate it to making sure your chainsaw has fuel before you go out to cut wood. You don't go out there with a empty tank.
The battery that runs the drill we recommend last up to 40 full cycles. That last some truckers 2 weeks, others, 2 days. A simple $4.00 inverter from Walmart is all you need to keep the second battery on charge and ready to go.
Can I use the handle by hand?
Well, sort of. The handle is designed to be a reaction bar which works best when it is positioned against the floor of the trailer or up against something. It won't rotate the barrel unless it is positioned for full 360 degree rotation. If you must operate the unit by hand a simple 14mm wrench is all you need. You can use a pair of pliers, vice grips or a socket and ratchet. We actually recommend carrying one on your truck for emergencies.
Are they more expensive than other binders?
Yes they are. But they are so worth it. Companies have found that avoiding just 1 workman's compensation injury, paid for all the binders 10 times over. If you are a owner / operator, how much money would you lose if you had to be down for 2 weeks due to a torn rotator cuff or tendinitis? We are not much more than a normal binder. Also, the time, fuel savings really add up. Please try our savings calculator for additional savings.
What about snow and ice?
Torque Drive binders use a sealed gear box utilizing 21 to 1 gear reduction. This gear set is encased in grease and resistant to outside debris. Normal binders freeze the flipper, paw assembly together making it difficult to break free. We don't have to worry about that due to our encased design. Besides, being drill operated and gear reduced, we power through dirt, snow, ice on your threads rather easily. These binders have been built and tested on the shores of Lake Erie in the snow belt of the great lakes for many years now....we know what snow and ice is.
Can I use an impact?
We really discourage the use of an impact. We are looking for rotational torque, not "hitting" torque. Impacts can shorten the life of the hex head drive nut.
Can I use the drill I already have?
Yes, you can. Any good 18 volt / 20 volt drill will work. However, to get the maximum performance, speed and tightness from your Torque Drive binders we recommend the DeWalt dcd991p2. A typical drill has about 320 power watts out. The dcd991p2 has 820! Over 2.5 times the torque. If you use binders on a daily basis, spend the money on this drill or the top of the line Milwaukee fuel 18. If you use the binders 3 or 4 times a month, your average drill will be just fine.