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Forum topic by Redoak49 posted 01-01-2015 06:25 PM 710 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Redoak49

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01-01-2015 06:25 PM

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I have the Jet 16-1/2” drill press and not happy with the chuck. It. Is a 5/8” with a #2 MT. The chuck is good except it is hard to turn and adjust the size. I have issues with my wrists with arthritis and had surgery on one wrist.

The chuck just takes a lot of effort to adjust and hard on me. I have cleaned it and use some light oil but no improvement.

I have looked at New ones online and a bit shocked at the price of a Jacobs brand chuck. I want a good one but want to keep the price down at $100 or less. Can someone point me in a good direction.


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#1 posted 01-01-2015 06:51 PM

Yep, this one. My Delta chuck was a piece of crap from the get-go, after suffering with for many years I finally decided to chuck it (pun intended) and get a better one. I started looking at Jacobs and like you was put off by the price, but only slightly. I was absolutely determined not to get another Chinawese chuck, though. The I found these LFA chucks on Amazon and ordered the one I linked. It’s is exceptionally well made and smooth, but I started thinking I would upsize to a 3/4” one while I was changing things around. So I returned the 5/8” and ordered the 3/4” size.I did, and stayed with the LFA. Once installed it reduced my wobble to .003”. I couldn’t be happier. If your press has a 3/4 HP motor, consider the upsizing, but you would probably also have to replace the MT arbor….just be aware of the size difference, in the pic that’s the 3/4” chuck sitting next to the 5/8” OEM my press came with. If you stay with the 5/8”, the LFA would be a great one to use and cost quite a bit less than a Jacobs, best of all…it’s not Chiwanese. The one I have is every bit as well made as a Jacobs I use in my lathe.

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