Last night I was disassembling a big thing and I needed to switch bits often. I thought “why not use two drills with one bit each?” There were not two good working powered drills to be found in the space.
Now, that’s not to say that there weren’t batteries. We had one or more battery of every brand except Ryobi (only one). We had one more more drill of every brand (5? Ryobi). Most of the charging stations had batteries in them but were unplugged.
Y’all know I love to make the space better for everyone. I would like to standardize on a single brand of drill, a single battery type, and two good working chargers of that model. I’m sure you can imagine lots benefits: this is simpler, cleaner, and takes up less room.
The existing Ryobi charger would be kept in storage as emergency backup. Some of the cost can be offset by selling our non-standard drills and chargers to people who prefer those brands. Future donations of non-standard drill gear would be accepted and then converted to cash for VHS.
I really love that the second last picture in the link above shows the charger wall mounted. Bench top is premium real estate!
I’m willing to seed fund thing and champion it until the other drills are gone. I’d like to submit an expense claim for whatever the difference is when I’m done, or put it to the group to raise the money at that time. (Since the group pays membership which then pays the claim, it’s the same thing either way.) I’m also going to contact Ryobi and see if they would donate the above item “to invest in new makers and get them to love Ryobi products. Think of it as an extended version of the demo table at Home Depot.”
Today is 9/26. I’d like to get your feedback before 10/10 (two weeks). I intend to proceed with this plan on 10/10 unless the group sentiment is majority negative.