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Forum topic by Marn64 posted 09-03-2016 05:31 PM 222 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marn64

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09-03-2016 05:31 PM

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Hey everybody,
So I recently found this old hand drill, and I was cleaning the jaws of all the black gunk that has accumulated over the years and I noticed that the spring, which appears to be brass, has no springiness left in it. The jaws are held together with a pin, also brass, and I was wondering if I should take the pin out temporarily and replace the spring or should I replace pin and spring altogether.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee


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#1 posted 09-04-2016 01:35 PM

I could be wrong but I don’t think brass has enough spring to it to last long so I bet it’s steel. I think I’d try replacing the spring and keeping the pin, but it’s possible the pin will break either when you bend the end to remove it or when you bend it back. I’d have something ready to replace the pin with in case. The other trick will be finding the right replacement spring.

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#2 posted 09-04-2016 09:25 PM



I could be wrong but I don t think brass has enough spring to it to last long so I bet it s steel. I think I d try replacing the spring and keeping the pin, but it s possible the pin will break either when you bend the end to remove it or when you bend it back. I d have something ready to replace the pin with in case. The other trick will be finding the right replacement spring.

- Tim

yeah, I assumed it was brass because its got this patina to it that is so brass like. Where would I start looking for springs of the right size?

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#3 posted 09-04-2016 11:05 PM

You can get a spring assortment at most hardware stores, and if you have an old fashioned one, they might be able to get you closer. Or online you can find various spring places that will sell a few of one kind or an assortment. Compression springs with an extended length as far apart as the jaws go, but a compressed length short enough to let the jaws close enough is what you’re looking for.

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