Cool Tool: Drill Bike

by Josh on August 29, 2007 · 4 comments

in Ideas

DPX minibike Here’s a plug-in electric vehicle any DIYer or home improvement geek could be proud of: a mini bike powered by an 18-volt cordless drill.

The folks at This Old House found this product at the national hardware show and then the Make blog picked it up, too.

The drill-powered bike shown is the product of DPX Systems, who also produce drill powered wheelchairs, winches and waterpumps. According to the manufacturer, the mini bike weighs 28 pounds, features front and rear suspension, can carry a rider up to 320 pounds, and has a range of up to 6 miles depending on the drill and battery used.

This isn’t the first time someone has looked at their drill and seen a propulsion system. For the mechanically inclined who may be seeking a fun little winter project (it’s just around the corner, you know!) Instructibles has an article on making a drill-powered skateboard. It’s in their 5-minute project category, so how tough could it be?

It’s hard to say whether you would attract more admiration or ridicule for riding one of these around the neighborhood, though I bet it would be fun finding that answer.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

StuccoHouse August 29, 2007 at 11:40 pm

I’m pretty sure if I had to go out and power my own drill, no work would ever get done on my house. That, and the neighbors would never stop laughing at me 😉


Josh August 29, 2007 at 11:50 pm

That’s one vote in the ridicule column…


AUSTIN December 13, 2009 at 10:06 pm



Kipster May 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I have got one, had it for 3 years. It is simply awesome and the only thing someone thinks when they see you ride it is ” I want one”. There is nothing to ridicule. It is simply “brilliant”.


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