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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
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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.

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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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