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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 03-16-2015 12:02 AM 964 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2015 12:02 AM

I lost the chuck key to my very old B&D drill and it seems there are no replacement ones available.
So am looking for a new corded power drill.
I was looking for one with a built in level and found DeWalt DWD112 and Skil 6277-02 both have a level but not sure how useful they are. Are there any other models I should be looking at?


Maybe I need this instead of a level:

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 12:27 AM

I’ll presume that you already looked in any local hardware stores for a replacement chuck key. Failing that, have you looked on eBay? I see a lot of odd treasures there, and they’re not always overpriced.

Maybe this one is good? [link]

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 12:53 AM

Agree with Dave about checking the local hardware stores. The stores I buy for carry a decent selection of Jacobs chuck keys, many more than most of the big boxes.

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 01:35 AM

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 02:11 AM

In my view this would be a good replacement for your B&D drill.,default,pd.html?ref=pla&zmam=31282435&zmas=47&zmac=726&zmap=dewndwe1014&kpid=dewndwe1014&gclid=CLf47rjdq8QCFdKDfgodf6kAmg

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I thinking loosing the chuck key is a good excuse to buy a new drill.
I did look into getting a new key but its a crap shoot if it will fit or not.
But why would i want this new drill that requires a chuck when most of them do not?

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 02:20 AM

Maybe he thought you were really wanting to stick to a wired drill that needed a chuck key? :).

I just look on Amazon and get whatever doesn’t have terrible reviews. I think I have a DeWalt impact drill that can also do regular drilling.

-- Mike

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 02:53 AM

Wired yes, but I really don’t want to EVER have another drill with a chuck key. I spent a lot of time loosing and then searching for it and finally lost it for good.
i think the keyless checks work better as well from what I read.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#7 posted 03-16-2015 05:48 AM

Panasonic EY6432NQKW 15.6-Volt NiMH 1/2-Inch Cordless Drill/Driver Kit You will Never go back to corded.

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#8 posted 03-16-2015 11:59 AM

I have had the DeWalt corded for years. Used it for drywall hangs, mixing mortar and paints. Thing is a beast.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 03-16-2015 12:12 PM

I dislike Skil. Personally I have a good Milwaukee and think it is a great drill.

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#10 posted 03-16-2015 01:16 PM

Take the drill with you to the hardware store and try the type of key with four different sizes on it. If your old drill still works….

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#11 posted 03-16-2015 01:58 PM

IF the old drill still works, and you can remove the chuck….you can buy just the keyless chuck and install it on your old drill.

Had an old, “D” handle Milwaukee 1/4” cord drill. Late FIL’s. Didn’t like the little 1/4” chuck, replaced it with a keyed 3/8” chuck. No problems switching them out, and the old drill didn’t even notice the change.

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#12 posted 03-17-2015 01:34 PM

+1 for the DeWalt! It is a beast!

The keyless chuck on my DeWalt works as well as any keyless chuck I have used. That being said, there is no way that any keyless chuck will work as well as a keyed chuck. I have fought with keyless chucks for years and most of my drills still use keys – buy the keyholders that attach to the power cord to keep from losing them.

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#13 posted 03-17-2015 05:23 PM

Forget the chuck key—you need to upgrade, dude.

Personally I’m a big DeWalt fan, but Ridgid makes a decent drill.

For ww’ing and light use you don’t need a 65V drill ;-)
Get a light 12 or 14 Volt and save the heavy drilling for an AC drill.

I’ve never found those levels very useful.

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#14 posted 03-18-2015 02:23 AM

Ended up ordering the DeWalt DWD112. It has lots of good reviews and nothing negative about the chuck.
I don’t think it comes with a case, so I am going make one using box joints and some scrap wood.


-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#15 posted 03-18-2015 02:57 AM

With the keyless what out you don’t strip or where out the clutch,I’m having that problem with my cordless dewalt.A great drill/driver but it is making a noise when the clutch kicks in.

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