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  • #16
    Re: Keyless chuck for Ridgid 15" Drill Press

    Rockler carries a key leash that is retractable and mounts to the DP with a very strong magnet. I am using one on my new Delta and it stays in place. Most DPs come with the drift for removing the chuck shaft, All of the ones I have had did. I personally don't want a keyless on my DP, keyed gives better grip on the bits for less chance of slippage. Someone mention that hand held drills use keyless most of the time anymore and that is the case on mine too. For hand drills they are very nice for not having to keep up with the key and frequent bit changes. $.02 no change expected!
    info for all: http://www.hoistman.com http://www.freeyabb.com/phpbb/index....wwtoolinfoforu --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."

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    • #17
      Re: Keyless chuck for Ridgid 15" Drill Press

      PapaDan

      I like your idea as that way the key is always there when needed. I personally don't like keyless chucks other than the high precission Albrect for when such is needed like with tiny #80 bits. Normally keyed chucks (good ones anyway) do grab tighter and you can loosen them with the key. Try to loosen a really tight keyless chuck without damaging it.

      As for the Ridgid drill press having a taper socket spindle, I think we (you and me in this case) have better made drill presses. Most of the home user ones I've seen so far have a solid spindle with a male Jacobs taper end that the chuck is fitted onto. Removing the chuck can be a real pain unless there's a shoulder so you can use chuck removal wedges. I'm sure like me that you like having your's mounted on an adaptor-arbor where you can just use a drift and out it comes easy. Have you ever used any taper shank twist drills? No chuck needed.

      By the way I don't mind a keyed chuck on a hand held drill. With the key lease near the plug end of the power cord it helps prevent accidental starts of the drill when changing bits. I wish that cordless drills had some better way to lock the trigger in the OFF position. Most have nothing or some have a mid way position of the reversing switch.

      Self note: Time for me to shut up

      The picture is of a taper shank twist drill. I just couldn't resist posting it.
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      Last edited by Woussko; 01-29-2007, 09:14 PM.

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      • #18
        Re: Keyless chuck for Ridgid 15" Drill Press

        Ridgid DP15000 - key drift part # 817532
        Ridgid DP15500 - no key drift
        Ridgid DP15501 - no key drift

        From the Ridgidparts catalogue, it appears the newer models do NOT use a key drift. I'm stayin with the chuck key anyway...just posted here that I found the parts catalogue (yay!) http://ridgid.arinet.com/scripts/Emp...umer1|Password << there. I hope that link works!!
        Last edited by VASandy; 01-30-2007, 02:50 AM.
        I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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        • #19
          Re: Keyless chuck for Ridgid 15&quot; Drill Press

          Sandy

          Many thanks for the link. It works and is very helpful not just for the drill presses but other Ridgid machinery as well. Anyway the drill press in question does not have a Morse taper socket style spindle. There's no way to use a drill drift with this one Now what I need to do is look at one, provided that I can find that model in a Home Depot. I think that a pair of chuck removal wedges could be used to remove the chuck and they don't cost much. The problem is that using such on a drill press requires a good way to really squeeze them hard. If you have a pair of huge size groove & tongue pliers <aka> Channellocks they should work, or maybe a C clamp of the correct size and not a cheepo cast one either.

          I think I'll backup PapaDan and recommend NOT changing the chuck. Just get the special key leash (see post by PapaDan) and a spare key or two. Most good hardware stores have an assortment of keys and so does Sears for that matter. Be sure to take your's along and maybe put some tape on the handle so as to claim it as your property.

          In closing, I recommend buying an extra chuck key and a simple rubber leash and attaching it to the power cord. Or, install an eye screw and just hang it up.
          Last edited by Woussko; 01-30-2007, 08:53 AM.

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          • #20
            Re: Keyless chuck for Ridgid 15&quot; Drill Press

            the chuck key that came with my ridgid dp. has a spring loaded pilot arbor to make sure it will not stay in the chuck if you let go and forget

            rick.
            phoebe it is

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            • #21
              Re: Keyless chuck for Ridgid 15&quot; Drill Press

              Self ejecting keys are a good idea. You should be able to get some info on them along with standard chuck keys and chucks here.
              http://www.grizzly.com/catalog/2007/Main/324

              For some general info on chuck keys, removal wedges and key leashes, these PDF files should be helpful.
              http://www.jacobschuck.com/images/pr.../accessory.pdf (accessories)
              http://www.jacobschuck.com/pdf/Techn...nformation.pdf (technical info - big file takes time to load)
              http://www.jacobschuck.com/pdf/s1.pdf (removing and installing a drill chuck)
              Last edited by Woussko; 01-30-2007, 01:46 PM.

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              • #22
                Re: Keyless chuck for Ridgid 15&quot; Drill Press

                Originally posted by Woussko View Post
                PapaDan

                I wish that cordless drills had some better way to lock the trigger in the OFF position. Most have nothing or some have a mid way position of the reversing switch.
                Sure they do have a safety. Its called take off the battery

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