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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