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Forum topic by Neight posted 11-25-2011 08:25 PM 1476 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2011 08:25 PM

Hello all
I just have a quick question that I hope to find a simple answer to.
I have a tiny bench top drill press, and I can’t find a chuck to change the bit out. Is there a simple way to loosen the thing and change bits, or should I really try and find the chuck. I don’t think I actually have the chuck for this drill, but the guy I borrowed it from said he brought it over with the drill. It’s not anywhere to be found though
any advice would be appreciated!

(P.S. I don’t only have one wrench big enough to grab the thing with, or I would have tried using a couple of wrenches already :P )

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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#1 posted 11-25-2011 08:46 PM

lol, yeah I mean the chuck key. I am a bit frustrated at the moment, and wasn’t paying attention to how I worded that question.
I did find a temp. solution, I used a c-clamp to grab one surface, and my wrench to twist. It got me where I needed today, but I am going to have to replace that chuck key very soon, so I know the bit is secure before I start to drill.
I have scoured my shop, and can’t find the thing. The press has been here for a while, though I usually keep these kind of things with each other, as I can be fairly absent minded about putting tools down and walking away. It is very possible that I misplaced it, or that if fell behind my bench where I can’t get to look, but either way, I need to do something about it, and soon!

thanks for correcting my terminology cr1, using the correct language helps us all communicate better :)

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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#2 posted 11-25-2011 10:01 PM

Harbor Freight sells the ‘4 in 1’ Chuck keys…there are two sizes, One of them will fit your DP. And they are che…err reasonably priced.

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#3 posted 11-25-2011 10:28 PM

Thanks for the tip Mickey Cassiba!
I have a HF store not 15 mins from my house, I will have to go check that out!
I looked them up online and the price is very… err reasonable ;)

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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#4 posted 11-25-2011 11:57 PM

Buy a couple. They have a way of hiding in places you don’t look.

-- Joe

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#5 posted 11-26-2011 12:34 AM

Mickey is right, I was just going to suggest a trip to Harbor Freight or Ace or something. As a side note, whenever I lose one and buy a replacement, that is when the one I lost always turns up. My daughter says it’s the fairy that lives in my shop, her name is “Effyoo”, and she mostly shows up when I am on a deadline (such as 24 hours to finish up 12 cabinets for a multi-millionaire client).

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#6 posted 11-26-2011 01:29 AM

When you get the new chuck, buy a chunk of chain and weld it to the chuck, then bolt it to the DP, LOL.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 11-26-2011 02:57 AM

Minus the key, you can insert a shaft, perhaps a phillips screwdriver, into the hole as a fulcrum and use a flat blade screwdriver as a lever to loosen the chuck. Not exactly elegant, but it will get you by until you get a che….er, handy combination that’s priced real resonable.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 11-26-2011 03:22 AM

attache the new key with a short wire to the drill press and use a magnet on the side of the drillpress
to hang it when not in use :-)


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#9 posted 11-26-2011 03:35 AM

Great suggestions everyone, thanks!
WoodSpanker - I really laughed the Effyou fairy! I always called it “the void” as I have a bad habit of putting everything I really need into it :P
LeeBarker - That is an excellent if not elegant solution! I wouldn't have thought of that if I tried, but it sounds like a winner to me, will have to try that next bit change, until I can pick up the ...err reasonable replacement :)
Dennisgrosen – Also a great idea! I have loads of neo magnets that I bought for electronics experiments. they are very expensive, and mostly act as “dust collectors” (got that one from one of Steve Ramsey’s Mere Mortal vids :) ) that will give me an actual use for them, at least until they have all been used up to build motors with :P

I really appreciate all the tips here! I still can’t get over how helpful most everyone on this forum is, a truly pleasant experience!
Thanks all

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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#10 posted 11-26-2011 05:45 AM

not on a little leather piece thats tied to the cord of the drill press? i know that a lot of corded power hand tools have that kinda thing going on

not sure if its possible, but instead of buying a new chuck key, doesn’t HF sell jacobs keyless chucks for like $15? could one of those be mounted instead? I always prefer that on my drills as opposed to the keyed chuck

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#11 posted 11-26-2011 06:15 AM

The night shift hide those keys. They also roll my drop cords and air hoses and somehow leave knots in them. I know when I roll them they are nice and straight but the next day they are all twisted and tied in knots. Must be the same guys that left your key in another place.

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