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Forum topic by racielrod posted 01-20-2021 05:18 PM 492 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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racielrod

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01-20-2021 05:18 PM

Hello,

I’m restoring an old Orbit 1412 (5-speed Taiwanese DP).
All is good, and I’m now shopping for a good chuck (JT33) to install once it is all as new.

Questions
  • Original chuck is 1/2 – Would I need anything bigger for woodworking or in general? Should I look at 5/8s? I don’t think I need anything bigger than 1/2 but I’m not sure if 5/8 is the norm. Thoughts?
  • Would you go keyed or keyless? I’m looking to buy a middle of the road, yet decent, chuck. Something like a Rohm or Jacobs. Thoughts?

I know my questions are more on the preference side, but with 0 experience I’m open to suggestions here.

Thanks!
R.


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Kudzupatch

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#1 posted 01-20-2021 05:33 PM

If the 5/8 goes to 0 you will not regret having more capacity. Depends on price of it. I don’t think I have wanted larger than my 1/2” but it wouldn’t hurt a thing to have it.

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 01-20-2021 06:39 PM

I like 5/8 capacity but I have a lot of drills that are bigger than 1/2”. Extra capacity can’t hurt IMO. And I have a Rohm keyless chuck on my drill press and love it.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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racielrod

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#3 posted 01-21-2021 02:00 AM

Thank you guys! I will take a look at 1/2 vs 5/8 and compare based on price.
I’m on the fence keyed vs keyless. I have read that if you want to keep that bit secured, there is nothing like a keyed chuck, but I read about people that wouldn’t use anything but keyless.

Thoughts?

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#4 posted 01-21-2021 06:27 PM

I use keyed chucks on my lathe and milling machine. But, keyless should be fine on a drill press. I have never had any bit come loose in the Rohm. I have bogged the motor down though with larger bits and the chuck held on without issue. As long as you can’t/don’t run it in reverse, it’s a non-issue IMO as long as it’s a well-made quality chuck. If it’s a poorly made chuck, it doesn’t matter if it’s keyed or not.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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racielrod

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#5 posted 01-21-2021 08:09 PM



I use keyed chucks on my lathe and milling machine. But, keyless should be fine on a drill press. I have never had any bit come loose in the Rohm. I have bogged the motor down though with larger bits and the chuck held on without issue. As long as you can t/don t run it in reverse, it s a non-issue IMO as long as it s a well-made quality chuck. If it s a poorly made chuck, it doesn t matter if it s keyed or not.

- HokieKen


Thanks for the tip!
Which Rohm chuck do you recommend?
I was looking at these 2:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DD7NVUI/?coliid=I14SYR0D97251E&colid=12JCLL3D5PU7S&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DD7WNVG/?coliid=I1Z7T3KKGAE09L&colid=12JCLL3D5PU7S&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 09:00 PM

Don’t have either of those personally. I have a 16mm keyless that I don’t see listed any more. Maybe the biggest they make is 13 mm now… I can recommend Rohm keyless chucks in general but have no experience with their keyed chucks. Although, I’m sure their keyed chucks are well made too.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#7 posted 01-25-2021 09:50 PM

The 5/8” capacity was a big deal to me when I upgraded presses. Invaluable when needed.

For smaller bits (< 1/16 inch) I have a smaller chuck with a straight 3/8 shank that I secure into the larger chuck. Big chucks just don’t grip wire bits very well.

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racielrod

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#8 posted 01-25-2021 09:54 PM

I couldn’t find the Rhom 5/8 keyless so I bought this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HRXOLS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
At that price I thought it was well worth the risk…
The chuck is great. This DP has almost not runout and the chuck added nothing to it… very happy so far.

I’m now dealing with a dead motor dilemma, but that is another story on a different thread :)
Oh, the rookie mistakes

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#9 posted 01-25-2021 10:37 PM

Well, my old used Delta chuck was worn out ( and cheap) So I got talked into a keyless chuck. Integrated MT-2.
Hate it. Spun more bits than holes drilled. Even when I opened the top and held the sheave every time. Just put in a good old fashion key chuck. No problem. Maybe a $500 keyless would work, but a $100 one did not.

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racielrod

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#10 posted 01-25-2021 11:28 PM



Well, my old used Delta chuck was worn out ( and cheap) So I got talked into a keyless chuck. Integrated MT-2.
Hate it. Spun more bits than holes drilled. Even when I opened the top and held the sheave every time. Just put in a good old fashion key chuck. No problem. Maybe a $500 keyless would work, but a $100 one did not.

- tvrgeek

I have never used keyless before, and being honest, for the expected use, I’m fine using a key.
I read a few reviews like yours, and others were happy campers… I chose to play it safe.

Time will tell, but the chuck feels solid and add no runout – very happy after installation.

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