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Forum topic by Mark Shymanski posted 03-28-2011 07:59 PM 855 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shymanski

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03-28-2011 07:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drill press hollow chisel mortising attachment importance of measuring

I have just purchased the Grizzly mortising attachment for my drill press. I am very excited about using this but I have a problem. The Morse Taper 4 spindle on my drill press is about 2 inches too long. The chuck I have is also just shy of three inches in diameter (OD) so doesn’t quite fit through the base of the mortising attachment (Why didn’t I check this out before I bought it you ask?! Jenn asked the same question.:-( I was pretty sure the collar would fit on the quill (it does) but I never thought to check the diameter of the chuck or the length of the spindle. I’m pretty sure I can get it to work if I can find a shorter MT4 spindle and a drill chuck to match. I believe my current Jacobs chuck will take up to a 1 inch drill bit so it is probably overkill for this application anyway.

If worse comes to worse I can put a shorter spindle in (if I can find one) and use the old chuck by just putting the spindle in first, than the mortising attachment and then the chuck. There appears to be enough clearance to put everything together this way. It would also be a lot cheaper not having to replace the chuck as they go new for around 75 to 90 dollars up this way. If any body has advice for me about this I’d sure appreciate it, as I am kinda mad at myself for not measuring everything first.

This is my first time buying something from Grizzly and so far I am impressed with them.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2


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#1 posted 04-02-2011 02:38 AM

Well I went down to Luke’s Machinery on Notre Dame in Winnipeg, and the fellow there was pretty helpful. Selected a chuck and spindle, and headed off to pick up the kids and Jenn at Toad Hall (if you have kids and are in the Winnipeg area you know why a Toad Hall visit is mandatory :-). It took me longer to find a parking spot then it did for me to sort out my spindle question at Luke’s.

Any way brought it all home and tried to get the mortising attachment on…no joy! Even with the shorter chuck ad spindel it is still about two inches too long :-( I’ve contacted Grizzly and Lukes to try and return everything. Anybody want to buy a Grizzly Mortising attachment for their DP on this side of the border?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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