Problem with jammed chuck on Craftsman Drill Press

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Forum topic by MDwyer posted 08-09-2011 02:38 AM 1527 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2011 02:38 AM

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I have an old 1/2 Hp Craftsman Floor Drill Press. The chuck has become jammed. The chuck jaws cannot be opened or closed by hand or with the chuck key. I’m thinking that the best option is to replace it but I can’t figure out how to remove it. Cannot locate the manual. Anyone have any suggestions?

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 12:23 AM

Unfortunately I do not work with Craftsmen drill presses- so I don’t know what your complete figuration looks like, but it seems to me like you’ll either have to: remove the lowering handle completely to get the quill to drop- and take the chuck out to replace it. Be very careful as quills have bearings and other small parts attached to them that can be misplaced easily.

Or: If there is a two part process to removing the quill from the chuck (which is common in older models) You’ll have to get a wedge or a heavy duty punch and separate the quill from the chuck, by gently hitting it with a hammer- which will cause the quill to fall. And replace the drill chuck that way.
Again – use extreme caution when removing the quill; as the bearings and other small objects may come out of their appropriate housing.

Unfortunately, I do not have a model number or anything else to go on- nor do I work on Craftsmen as I stated above. Maybe look for a diagram or schematic of your drill press online or see if Craftsmen / Sears has anything.

Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 08-11-2011 05:10 AM

Some drill presses have a Morse taper and you can tap the chuck to remove it from the quill. Check it . also might check to see if there is a screw or some kind of fastener holding it in. Look inside the chuck and you might see the head.

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