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Forum topic by TheFridge posted 01-01-2018 10:03 PM 1845 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheFridge

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01-01-2018 10:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press chuck keyless chuck jt3

So far I’ve looking at the Talon and Southbend brands. Jacobs is a hair too expensive for my taste.

Keyless with 1/16 to 3/4 (or 5/8) and JT3 Taper is what I’m looking for.

Not considering grizzly or low priced replacement. I want to buy once. Get what I want. And never touch it again.

Any other brands out there in this price range? Any experience with them?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 01-01-2018 10:16 PM

I wanted to replace the OEM chuck on my Delta press, and really wanted a Jacobs. But I found a brand called LFA, and bought one of them. Extremely well made (as good as a Jacobs, in my book) and quite a bit cheaper…they are made in France. Mine was a keyed chuck, and i wasn’t sure they made keyless...but here's one and you can search from there if interested. One thing about buying from Amazon, the returns are super easy if you’re not satisfied with the chuck.

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#2 posted 01-01-2018 10:23 PM

Thanks Fred. From amazon isn’t a requirement but it’s a plus. I’ll check it out.

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#3 posted 01-01-2018 10:39 PM

Check out Zoro.com. I recently bought a Llambrich keyless chuck for a little over $100 and have been happy with it so far. Zoro offered a pretty good discount for signing up for email announcements and they have 20% off promotions fairly often.

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#4 posted 01-01-2018 11:38 PM

Will check it out. Thanks.

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#5 posted 01-02-2018 12:09 AM

I haven’t priced them but try Rohm, German equivalent to Jacobs.

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#6 posted 01-02-2018 12:12 AM

how bout ALDER they make a nice wooden one ROTHLMAO :<))

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#7 posted 01-02-2018 12:41 AM

I bought a Bison chuck years ago for my Delta. VERY happy with it. Very high quality ball bearing chuck in your price range. Here’s the link…http://www.penntoolco.com/bison-precision-ball-bearing-keyless-drill-chucks-heavy-duty/

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TheFridge

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#8 posted 01-02-2018 01:13 AM

Sweet. Thanks for the replies.

The alder chuck is first in the list :)

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#9 posted 01-02-2018 02:11 AM

I have to second the Rohm, Llambrich, and Jacobs. They’re made for heavy duty metal machining so woodworking duty is child’s play for them. If you’re ok with used, check eBay for a Jacobs Superchuck 14N. Built like a tank. Might even find one for less than $50. Even the old ones are pretty nice. But pretty much any ball bearing chuck with quality parts will treat you very well!

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TheFridge

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#10 posted 01-02-2018 02:42 AM

Well some light milling of brass does factor into the equation. My chuck now isn’t bad but the smallest bit size is 3/16 which isn’t gonna cut it. A keyless chuck would also be a plus.

Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#11 posted 01-02-2018 06:25 PM

I would second the used chuck route. Jacobs chucks have a good reputation and all parts are available to rebuild them.

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#12 posted 01-02-2018 06:27 PM

Great to know. That is definitely an option as well.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 04-10-2018 08:03 PM

‘bout to pull the trigger on Rohm for $103. Anybody own a Rohm keyless? It’s for my drill press…

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