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I've got a few 1/4" quick release chucks, but the first 2 (big box house brands) felt sloppy. The one that got me hooked came from Kreg. Switched from drill to driver Saturday morning, and my 6" square driver won't release. Got by for the day using a 3" driver, and manually switching (i'd gotten so used to the quick release, i'd lost sight of how much i change bits!!)

Sent Kreg's tech support a quick e-mail this morning asking if they had any idea of how to get the chuck to release when jammed. Just got a reply while typing the paragraph above that they are sending out a replacement--no charge!! Not the first time they've helped out beyond my expectations (the quick release is over a year old, last time was parts for a miter gauge that had been gifted to me by a widow). I like that about them.

Despite the replacement coming, i'd like to be able to salvage the bit if i can--anyone have thoughts or experience on releasing a jammed quick release? I did try pulling with channel lock pliers with no movement, but i didn't apply nearly the pressure i could have--and as a last resort there is the old "hammer & chisel" approach.

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tap/rap the end of the bit a couple of times into the chuck...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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tap the end of the bit a couple of times...
I had one stick in a drill/driver impact model. I don't recall the steps taken, but a vise grip and a hammer was involved...and three hands.

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Try putting the bit in a vise & switching the drill/driver in reverse & tap the trigger a few times & see if that works.

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Thanks all. Had a full night so i didn't get out. Will try these suggestions and let you know what worked. Kreg's CS says whatever i do will most likely destroy the chuck, which is why they have shipped another. So--i'm free to experiment!!

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That is one of the great things about Kreg they still have excellent customer service(And great products). I called them to see if I could get a replacement bushing for my Kreg jig because one of my students had dropped it and broke the bushing, and they sent me new one and said to keep the old one as a spare. for this reason they have me as customer who feels appreciated.

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That is one of the great things about Kreg they still have excellent customer service(And great products). I called them to see if I could get a replacement bushing for my Kreg jig because one of my students had dropped it and broke the bushing, and they sent me new one and said to keep the old one as a spare. for this reason they have me as customer who feels appreciated.

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I had great service w/ them also...

one of their bits had a slight bend to it and shaved the IS of the guide block..


new block and bit like right now....

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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The winner is....drum roll...MT Stringer!! I stepped out to the single digit shop, tried tapping the driver in farther--no. Tried tapping the sides--no. Neither had worked before, those were the first two things i tried on Saturday (or Sunday?). So, i gripped the blue thing that slides back with a pair of vise grips, stood it on end, 2 or 3 raps with a mallet--loose. I'd not say it's ruined, but there are a few ridges that need to be filed down. Definitely salvaged the bit.

Stick, i fully agree. I've contacted Kreg twice now, neither time of their doing, both times they sent me items that i would have felt justified in buying. The first was small hardware from a miter gauge that i had been given by a widow. I was kind of frustrated because i scoured their web site looking for replacement parts--couldn't find a price list or how to purchase. After about a week, i e-mailed and got an almost immediately got a response asking for my address so they could send the items.

Given my experience and some i've heard from others regarding Kreg's penchant for providing service--makes me wonder about their termination of the rep agreement for a power tool line last year. No condemnation of the respected line of tools, just makes me wonder a bit.

Thanks for all Y'all's help!!
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