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How do people protect their drills?

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john collis · · Moab · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 185

What do most people out there use to protect their drills when hauling them up a pitch? Is a small haulbag/bolting bag the way to go? I've been thinking of trying to find or make some kind of vinyl or plastic cover that will protect my drill from getting too beat up when I want to pull it up just a single pitch and don't feel like carrying a big bag to the crag. 

Tzilla Rapdrilla · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 870

More importantly, how do you protect your rope from screaming hot drill bit?  I devised drill bit condom, a piece of pvc pipe on bungee that I slip over the bit.   I use a Metolius Zodiac myself to protect the whole package.  Here's to safe drilling!!

Dakota from North Dakota · · Golden, CO · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 1,387

Baby haul bag

Clint Cummins · · Palo Alto, CA · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 1,170

What kind of drill?  Power?
For hand drills, they are light, so we just clip a bag with them into our harness.

nbrown · · WNC/Broomfield, CO · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 6,955
john collis wrote: What do most people out there use to protect their drills when hauling them up a pitch? Is a small haulbag/bolting bag the way to go? I've been thinking of trying to find or make some kind of vinyl or plastic cover that will protect my drill from getting too beat up when I want to pull it up just a single pitch and don't feel like carrying a big bag to the crag. 

I've used pieces of 2 liter bottles cut up and duct-taped to my drill, plus lots of extra duct tape in protruding areas. For ground-up, mostly stance drilling, I find the nominal wear and tear a worthy compromise for getting bolts in as quickly as possible. 

I have a friend back in NC that uses some kind of beefy haul bag-like cover that reportedly works well, but I haven't seen his setup in a number of years. I can't remember what it was exactly but I think its some kind of ballistic nylon drill case.

Runout customs and Fish both make good bags you might wanna take a look at.
john collis · · Moab · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 185
Clint Cummins wrote: What kind of drill?  Power?
For hand drills, they are light, so we just clip a bag with them into our harness.

With my hand drill I just clip it to a little bag with my bolts. More interested in a good way to protect my power drill for hauling up to anchors around the desert.

Clint Cummins · · Palo Alto, CA · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 1,170

If you are willing to spend $100, a Metolius haul pack would work (Zodiac was the earlier model).
https://www.metoliusclimbing.com/haul_packs.html 
Or the Fish Atom Smasher:
http://www.fishproducts.com/catalog/haul_bags.html
You could pad it with an old sleeping pad.

If you don't want to spend quite that much, there is a Metolius Express on ebay for $90 obo.

Rprops · · North Las Vegas · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 1,230

The canyonworks bags are the best.  Super durable, and have a ton of holes in them for water drainage.....which means they let light in so you can more easily grab one of the 5 tools or a bolt you need.   Get one.

Edit*.  I wanted to post a link. I think bluewater was last making these bags but discontinued them.  Total bummer.

Jim Titt · · Germany · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 490

I use a cut-up 5l plastic oil container, they come in loads of interesting shapes!

Sean Cobourn · · Gramling, SC · Joined Mar 2007 · Points: 3,122

This may be what Nathan mentioned earlier.  Yates made this years ago for a Bosch Bulldog.  I made it wider for an Annihilator.  Drag it up then use fifi to hang it.  Has worked well for around 20 years now on NC granite.  Pic upside down but you get idea   Reach in back to trigger

nbrown · · WNC/Broomfield, CO · Joined Nov 2007 · Points: 6,955

Thanks Sean!

Timothy Fisher · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2017 · Points: 0

Metolious makes a bucket made of haul bag material. It is the size of a 5 gallon bucket. For rebolting work where you are carrying all kinds of tools as well the drill it is perfect. For ground up bolting on steep terrain the BD Creek 20 is big enough.

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