5 Tips for Changing Your Chuck

Think about it, the chuck on your drill takes a considerable amount of abuse. How many times a day do you loosen and tighten, loosen and tighten the chuck?

Exactly.

Hence, the chuck is going to wear out, it's not going to grip your drill or screw bits properly, and that's going to bring you into a whole health and safety nightmare; do you really want your drill bit working loose at 1400rpm?

Of course not.

So here are 5 tips for changing your chuck, especially useful if you've been putting it off.

1. first of all, check if there's a screw in the centre of the chuck. Simply look down into the chuck. If you see a screw, then it needs to come out. Remember, it's going to be a left-handed thread.

2. find your chunkiest Allen key. Clamp the Allen key into the chuck. This is going to act as a lever to loosen the chuck mechanism.

3. get a slim, flat spanner. Grip the bottom of the chuck (the part nearest the body of the drill) with the spanner. Hold the spanner in place, turn the Allen key, the chuck is going to loosen off from the shaft.

4. if the chuck is really tight, clamp the Allen key into a vice.

5. fit the new chuck by reversing the process above, making sure you remember to re-fit the screw into the centre of the chuck, if your drill was fitted with one.

And there you have it, a safer drill.

What tips do you have for maintaing your power tools? Let us know in the comments.

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