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I have an old delta radial drill press and have thought of replacing it with a keyless chuck. anyone have a horror/success story to impart on the subject? happy thanksgiving
I like the old standard keyed chucks for the drill presses. When you use the large bits/holesaws/forstners/ metal drilling, etc. there is no substitute for a keyed chuck. Hand drills are a different story,but there you use smaller bits. My old hands arn't strong enough anymore to tighten the keyless chucks if they start slipping anymore.
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I like the old standard keyed chucks for the drill presses. When you use the large bits/holesaws/forstners/ metal drilling, etc. there is no substitute for a keyed chuck. Hand drills are a different story,but there you use smaller bits. My old hands arn't strong enough anymore to tighten the keyless chucks if they start slipping anymore.
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I hadn't thought that out. makes sense. wouldn't wanna get a 36" pipe wrench and a cheater bar to get a bit out that I cranked on.
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I have an old delta radial drill press and have thought of replacing it with a keyless chuck. anyone have a horror/success story to impart on the subject? happy thanksgiving
yes I have...
and for you to go keyless is a mistake...
'nuff said..
 

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I replaced my worn out drill press chuck a few years ago with the same Jacobs chuck model that was on there. It was an easy 'upgrade' and so glad it did it. It's a keyed chuck, btw.

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I've replaced a few on hand drills. Corded ones get keyed chucks. Too much torque for keyless IMO. Only the battery powered ones should have the keyless. Of all the keyless types I've used the one on my 18 volt Milwaukee is the best one so far.
 

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I've replaced a few on hand drills. Corded ones get keyed chucks. Too much torque for keyless IMO. Only the battery powered ones should have the keyless. Of all the keyless types I've used the one on my 18 volt Milwaukee is the best one so far.

i guess i will look into better keyed chucks. this drill press wasn't my smartest purchase. i liked it being a radial and back then that overshadowed it not having a crank to raise and lower the table. its really not that hard to move it but now that im old i wish i went with another one. if i remember right it was pretty cheap for a radial
 

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i guess i will look into better keyed chucks. this drill press wasn't my smartest purchase. i liked it being a radial and back then that overshadowed it not having a crank to raise and lower the table. its really not that hard to move it but now that im old i wish i went with another one. if i remember right it was pretty cheap for a radial
This is the only one I can think of out there right now that has the keyless chuck, there could be more.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-15-in-Drill-Press-with-LED-R1500/205653862

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I've replaced a few on hand drills. Corded ones get keyed chucks. Too much torque for keyless IMO. Only the battery powered ones should have the keyless. Of all the keyless types I've used the one on my 18 volt Milwaukee is the best one so far.
I have that same Milwaukee drill and it's my go-to drill. I also like a keyed chuck the best and wish I had a keyed chuck on everything.
 

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I have that same Milwaukee drill and it's my go-to drill. I also like a keyed chuck the best and wish I had a keyed chuck on everything.
There is nothing more frustrating than having a keyless chuck slip on the cordless drills. Or tohave it loosen when the drill is reversed. The only down side to keyed chucks is loosing or misplacing the key, unless there is a spot on the motor to hold the key when not in use.
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There is nothing more frustrating than having a keyless chuck slip on the cordless drills. Or tohave it loosen when the drill is reversed. The only down side to keyed chucks is loosing or misplacing the key, unless there is a spot on the motor to hold the key when not in use.
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I took the keyless chucks off of some old battery drills that the replacement batteries were unavailable or as expensive as a new drill. I put the chucks on a few corded drills and haven't had a problem but I did keep the old chucks just in case. I still have keyed chucks on two (heavier) corded drills and my little drill press.

I think some people have an issue with some keyless chucks because they don't work the same as older ones. My newer Bosch cordless has a chuck that instead of just spinning it in your hand to tighten, it requires an extra twist without the motor running... it kinda clicks and then it's tight. Takes some getting used to but works.

All that being said, I'd still recommend a keyed chuck on a hammer drill, drill press or any drill that you often use large bits.
 

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I replaced the chuck on my drill press several years ago with a new keyed chuck. I use one of the those magnetic pencil/cord keepers from Rockwell to keep the key handy on the drill press. The key is easily used with the magnetic holder attached.
 

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I attached mine with a small chain about 30 years ago and it's still working just fine. It's always handy and all I have to do is reach for the chain hanging from the motor mount. Nothing to wear out, always attached, always convenient, never in the way - works for me! :wink:

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I epoxied a rare earth magnet to the side of my press to hold the key on. After quite a few years the epoxy let go. Then I found out that the magnet either sticks to the chuck key or the side of the drill press when I use the key. It makes no difference which way. If it sticks to the key I can put it back anywhere on the DP. If it sticks to the press then I have to stick the key back to the magnet.
 

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I have an old delta radial drill press and have thought of replacing it with a keyless chuck
i liked it being a radial and back then that overshadowed it not having a crank to raise and lower the table.
Old Delta radial drill press & not having a crank to raise & lower the table!
I'm guessing it's a 11-280 drill press?

If so I believe those used a Jacobs 33 taper chuck!
Just in-case you didn't know about this fact, They also have a really easy way to remove spindle/chuck assembly.

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Old Delta radial drill press & not having a crank to raise & lower the table!
I'm guessing it's a 11-280 drill press?

If so I believe those used a Jacobs 33 taper chuck!
Just in-case you didn't know about this fact, They also have a really easy way to remove spindle/chuck assembly.

Doug

mine is a 11-090. I saw a video removing a chuck but it wasn't my model. t will have to hunt around for the best chuck for the $.
 
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