How to Remove and Clean a Drill Press Chuck

Truth be told, even for those who are DIY enthusiasts, very few of us understand the concept of drill press chuck. Considering this, let’s separate wheat from chuff. Well, when we talk of drill press chuck, we’re simply referring to that part that holds your drill bit. It’s the clamp that has three jaws for tightening the drill bit. I possess several drill chucks that I got from drills disposed to waste bins for years. Do you know why I get so many drill press chucks? Your guess is right. See, most people have no idea on how they can remove, repair, replace or even clean a drill press chuck. Are you one of them, no worries, here is how to remove and clean it, but first.

Why Remove The Drill Press Chuck?

Just like other parts of any machine, drill press chuck wears with time thus functioning improperly. It may fail to securely hold the drill bit or get out of its alignment, something that may adversely affect your drilling accuracy. To shun this, you better remove it to improve the operation of your drill press.

How to Remove The Chuck?

Unlike the removal of a hand operated drill, removal of a drill chuck press requires a tapered shaft in the chuck that fits into the spindle. This spindle has a Morse Taper that helps to maintain a firm grip on the chuck. What many don’t know is that removing a drill press chuck is quite easy provided you know the proper method. What’s more, there are varied methods to do it as stipulated here-under.

Using a Chuck Removal Tool

A unique chuck removal tool usually comes with your drill press. Undoubtedly, you’ll find it easier to remove the chuck using this tool. It can easily fit into the drill press spindle access window. Follow these steps to remove the chuck with ease:

  • Insert the tool into the drill press spindle window
  • Hammer it to advance the tool in window. Within no time, the chuck will fall it off the drill press.

Word of advice: During this process, ensure your drill press’s table is a little bit raised to ensure that once the chuck falls out, it doesn’t get damaged.

Using a Hammer

In case your drill press doesn’t come with the chuck removal tool, a hammer and a hard wood piece may prove handy. However, while using this method, you ought to be extra cautious lest you cause damage to the tool. To forge your way out, simply use these steps:

  • Look for a reasonable hard wood piece and a size hammer.
  • Place the hard wood piece above the drill press chuck at an angular position.
  • Using the hammer and reasonable force, hit the wood piece. Doing this repeatedly will enable the chuck to fall out.

Piece of advice: Ensure that the strike with hammer is angled downwards to prevent the damage of the chuck shaft of spindle.

How To Clean A Drill Press Chuck?

After successful removal of a drill press chuck, the next big thing is cleaning it. Always use a soft wire brush to clean its parts. Never use a file or sandpaper as that can take the parts out of tolerance thus running the chuck.

Where the outside of the drill press’s steel and iron is dirty or rusty, you can use a cleaning solvent or rust remover for heavier rust deposits. Use steel wool to clean the surfaces and then wipe all its parts dry with a clean rag. To prevent future corrosion, coat the bare metal surfaces with protective sprat like Bullfrog Rust Blocker. Importantly, wipe out any sawdust from the machines motor and electric switch boxes.

Before reinstalling, remove the split nuts, slide the jaws from their bores and wash them as necessary. Be careful not to mess with the jaws. To ensure normal operation, apply a reasonable amount of drying lubricant. Lastly, drill press chuck ought to be cleaned regularly for precise functioning.

Final Words

Proper removal and cleaning of a drill press chuck is a vital aspect in ensuring durability of this vital power tool. By following the above guidelines, rest assured of getting it easy with times. However, you ought to ensure you carry out the whole process attentively and safely so as to shun creating any risk factors.

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