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Forum topic by Mark posted 12-04-2009 01:30 AM 1077 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2009 01:30 AM

I was standing in my shop earlier today and I was looking at my drill press which reminded me to bring this up for an answer. I have my dads 10 year old Mastercraft benchtop drill press and for some reason theres times (which is becoming more and more often) when the chuck (the whole head) falls right out of the motor and falls oon my piece that I’m working on. Any idea or cure?

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 12-04-2009 01:40 AM

This happend to my old Craftsman a few times, I just got my dead blow hammer and gave it a few love taps, they are only held on by friction. But before you put a hammer to your chuck make sure it is open all the way as not to damage it.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 12-04-2009 01:43 AM

They are usually on a morse taper so just give it a lightish tap..

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#3 posted 12-04-2009 01:47 AM

There may be some debris in the taper. Blow it out, wipe it out with some mineral spirits. Replace the chuck and raise the table, place a sizable block of wood on the table and lower the quill with the chuck and shaft and “press” it back into the quill. If it remains to be a problem, a couple of small drops of loctite on it should hold it. You dont want to “glue” it in place, just keep it in place

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#4 posted 12-04-2009 02:15 AM

okay thanks alot brothers I’ll give it a shot

-- M.K.

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#5 posted 12-04-2009 02:21 AM

I would say light steelwool if there is any rust showing. But they have a taper fit and a light tap should drive it into place to hold. No lubricant. Maybe some lacquar thinner, acetone, finger nail polish remover to chean out the male and female parts on the joint. Then tap into place.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 12-04-2009 02:24 AM

thx karson

-- M.K.

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#7 posted 12-04-2009 02:36 AM

I agree with all the above!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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