& Decker Responds, Sort of
Everyone who read Crank
#2 raved about the Guide
to Trepanation, the act of adding another hole to your skull, thereby
letting your brain breathe a little and attaining an enlightened state.
Included in my article was a
letter I sent to Black & Decker seeking their advice in the matter
of which drill bit to use. As of Crank #3's printing, I had not received
a response. (Not even a form letter thanking me for my interest in their
products.) Then, a letter came from Cy Colac, reprinted below.
Cy Colac is, by the
way, a clever pseudonym created from "cycolac," a G.E. plastic
commonly used in the manufacture of B&D tools--I don't know his/her
real name. I've withheld his/her address.
I was intrigued
enough by your cryptic "Black
& Decker Never Responded" in issue #3 to track #2 online.
I'm an engineer working for B&D and your article reminded me
of the enclosed letter [shown below] that appeared on the bulletin
board a couple years ago. It took a couple of hours of asking around,
but I finally found a deviant who had saved a copy. Unfortunately,
the letter does not mention the type of bit they used. But when
kicking it around with my co-workers, we decided a Bullet drill
bit would be ideal. It has a small diameter pilot drill incorporated
into the end for fast starts with no "walking." Its unique
cutting edge geometry also gives a clean breakthrough--something
Rev. Mrzlak Nyzamot was worried about in
his letter in issue #3. However, we came to the conclusion that
the right tool for the job is not a drill at all but the BD6200
Plunge Router (shown below). Its powerful 1 1/4 hp motor spins at
25,000 RPM, enough speed and power to get the job done very quickly.
And the precise base allows for accurate maximum depth setting.
[Editor's note: And it lists for $78 less than the DeWalt that I
the reason no one responded to your inquiry is in #3: lawyers [see
to Kill," Crank #3]. B&D gets sued 500-1000
times a year and no one wants to give any ammo to the blood-sucking
lawyers. Here is a couple bucks, please send me issue #2 + #4.
BD6200 Plunge Router: