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Forum topic by Kelly posted 03-16-2014 12:52 AM 643 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2014 12:52 AM

I’ve tried everything under the sun for storing my drill press chucks. This latest method seems to work well:

I started using rare earth magnets for various tasks and projects a while back. For those not familiar with them, they are far more powerful than the ones most of us grew up with. Some hold downs use them and they turn off and on with the turn of a knob. When on, the set I have are good for around seventy pounds pull, but you can get even stronger.

For my drill press chuck, I just placed a 1/2” magnet on the center of my height adjustment wheel. Because it has more mass than the key, it stays there when I pull the chuck key off. Now, when I want the key, I just reach to the center hub, tighten or loosen the chuck, then hold it near the magnet, and it grabs it with at least five pounds of force.

Because the magnet is only 1/2” diameter, I cut out some washers to act as shims, then laid a large, light weight, metal disk over them and the magnet grabs and disk make an easy target.


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#1 posted 03-16-2014 02:46 AM

I believe this is a Double Posting. Your first one was an hour before this one. The titles are different though.

HERE

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#2 posted 03-16-2014 11:51 PM

KELLY!!!! Now my Comment above doesn’t make any Sense!!!

You Trying to get me Confused??? I can do that all by Myself! I don’t need any help! (Just Kidding, Of Course.)

I have rare Earth Magnets all over the Place holding Keys, Allen wrenches etc, for that Particular Machine. even wrenches for my Table Saw on a Steel Beam right over the saw.

Watch out for the Big Ones! They Hurt!! ....LOl….

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#3 posted 03-17-2014 01:18 AM

Ha! As they say: “The road to hell is paved….........” Just didn’t expect it to happen this way.

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#4 posted 03-17-2014 01:25 AM

On the rare earth magnets, they are remarkable. I use them in jigs to hold the associated tools and parts, the tiny ones to hold router bits, the ones with the screw hole to hold expensive calipers on the wall, and a bunch just because they’re fun to have around. I couldn’t imagine playing with the 300# and up ones. Heck, some of the little ones I have I handle carefully.

I was looking at guitar pick-ups (musical instruments are like boats for me, love working on them and such, but people run when I try to use one) and wondering if a tiny rare earth magnet would be an improvement, or over-kill.

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