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Workshop operational tips. #38: Come to Grips with Keyless Chucks on your Drill Press.

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 04-06-2022 07:04 AM 1149 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boy and Girls,

I believe that Drill Presses all come with keyed chucks as it is hard to tighten a keyless chuck similar to the little trick with cordless drill chucks… Google it if you don’t know how to apply that lock using a ”reverse twist”.

If like me, you’ve gone thrill-seeker and replaced the original with a keyless chuck,

you may appreciate the issue I’ve encountered while cranking up the chuck to get a good grip on some of my drill bits.

I don’t know about other DP brands, however, most of my better ones had a quill lock, but none had a spindle (rotation) lock.

Much as I love my Nova Voyager, it has a very “freely rotating spindle” that just about makes a one handed chuck tightening impossible… even holding the drill bit tight enough to get the other hand into the action.
Fairly soon after the initial launch, the manufacturer released some firmware to permit locking of the spindle.
Neat undertaking, and while it is quite effective, I have to navigate through the menu to select the ”Spindle Lock” feature.

While usually the lock is sufficient, I’ve found that under certain circumstances I needed some white knuckle pressure that was difficult to achieve.
I still retain my keyed chuck and have had occasions where I had no alternative but to temporarily swap them out.

I won’t bore you with why I need it, other than I do and I’m guessing there may be other out there feeling the same.

Now I’m sure the following concept is not new to many, however, like me, you probably think about it but slackly, never execute it.
Well, I finally have.

To overcome this I have two cheap multi grips permanently hanging on a board near the drill press,

that have their jaws lined with leather strips

to protect the chucks surface from disfiguring scratches.
The grips are bargain basement jobs, but are ideal for those odd occasions where I need to force the chuck.

In the past I used two of these rubberised oil filter removers,

however, they were a pain to set up for the big ”squeeze”… that’s why I graduated to the multi grip.
While my Voyager spindle lock is sufficient for 99% of my requirements, this may make life a tad easier for someone taking the time to read this.

Keep safe, jocks... and your jocks, safe!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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Dutchy

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#1 posted 04-06-2022 08:40 AM

I read it! Had some time. Thanks for the tip.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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robscastle

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#2 posted 04-06-2022 09:45 AM

I have always got time
Well Keyless chucks may have been a great invention but unless you have hex shanked bits you are certain to experience slippage an then they become the bain of our lives.
Unless you have a special Chuck!

-- Regards Rob

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Redoak49

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#3 posted 04-06-2022 10:58 AM

I have the Nova Voyager and put a keyless on it. Yes, I have experienced the same issue and needed to use large pliers to get loose.

I by ave not encountered any issues of slippage.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 04-06-2022 11:59 PM



..... Well Keyless chucks may have been a great invention but…..


- robscastle


Have you tried that trick with the cordless drills?

As for bloody Chucky... I tried that Total Gym, but SWMBO still manages to moon-slap the hell outta me…
At least Smithy had the decency of a frontal assault!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 04-07-2022 12:02 AM



I have the Nova Voyager and put a keyless on it. Yes, I have experienced the same issue and needed to use large pliers to get loose.

I by ave not encountered any issues of slippage.

- Redoak49


I get issues with large bits when I use the reverse spin option and the chuck “undoes” and the bit gets jammed in the job.

Have you upgraded your firmware? Somewhere in one of the upgrades, the power of the software spindle lock has improved.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Redoak49

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#6 posted 04-07-2022 12:12 AM

I upgraded the software a few years ago.

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