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Old 03-01-2015, 07:21 PM
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I want to mount my VHF in the e-box. Will I need to remove the box to drill these holes from the top or is there a method for drilling with the limited space? Would prefer not to remove it but will if I have to.

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I know this may or may not help you but what I use for drilling into electronic boxes is this https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/12-volt...ax-starter-kit with this attachment https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/jobmax-...gle-drill-head . I usually put a piece of 2x4 between the top of the e-box and the T-top top material. If you can't get in there with your drill then your options are 1) if it's a soft top then pull back enough of the material to get to the top of the e-box or 2) like yo said drop the box down. I've seen hand drills but they're usually too long too, like this one which is 9.5" long http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/s...and-drill.aspx
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I just did this myself. I mounted the radio close to the front of the box and was able to drill the holes at an angle. The bit wanted to walk with me but I was able to finally get them drilled. I only needed two holes though. If you need the strength of four holes you may could get by with only two and use some 4200 to help hold it.
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Originally Posted by mahimahi99 View Post
I know this may or may not help you but what I use for drilling into electronic boxes is this https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/12-volt...ax-starter-kit with this attachment https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/jobmax-...gle-drill-head . I usually put a piece of 2x4 between the top of the e-box and the T-top top material. If you can't get in there with your drill then your options are 1) if it's a soft top then pull back enough of the material to get to the top of the e-box or 2) like yo said drop the box down. I've seen hand drills but they're usually too long too, like this one which is 9.5" long http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/s...and-drill.aspx
Awesome mahi. Appreciate that. Yep your first link was what I was thinking of. That would be perfect. Maybe I can find one gently used on eBay or something.
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Our crews use this in tight areas. They also make short bits as well.

http://www.milwaukeetool.com/power-t...rdless/2415-21
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I bet this would work perfect.

http://t.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-Righ...A50/203867866/

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