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Blog entry by richgreer posted 12-30-2009 06:25 PM 891 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I own 4 different tools that require a drill bit chuck key (large drill press, small drill press, lathe and a hammer drill). Everyone requires its own chuck key and none of them are interchangeable. Couldn’t we have some standardization on chuck keys?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 06:32 PM

Sounds like it time to replace your chucks with keyless chucks. ??

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 06:55 PM

keyless chucks for the win… first upgrade I did on the drill press. and I did it quickly… don’t care much for chuck keys. I have yet to experience a slippage on a bit.

same for hammer drill.

only one Im not sure about (since I dont have any) would be the lathe.

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 07:06 PM

they do make 4 way ,
or ’ star chuck keys .
i believe in 2 sizes ,

they cover every chuck made .

drill chuck key .

northern tool .com
has them ,
they are called master chuck 1 and 2

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 07:10 PM

I have keyless chucks on a couple of cordless drills. I get occasional slippage. I can’t envision a keyless chuck not slipping when I am turning a 2 inch, or bigger, forstner bit with my large drill press – - but maybe I am wrong. I’ve never seriously considered keyless for the heavy duty applications.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 12-30-2009 10:05 PM

I tape drill chucks on the end of the cord or attach them on a chain on the machine. I put the ones on the cord so I’ll have to unplug before I change the bit. I don’t think I have anything that takes the same size chuck.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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