How to Remove a Ryobi Drill Chuck

Power tool maker Ryobi launched the first affordable portable benchtop planer, the AP10. The company has brought a number of other products within reach of the do-it-yourself enthusiast. The BT3000 was the first affordable, precision woodcutting system, and the 18v Super Combo was the first cheap cordless power tool system in which a number of tools shared the same battery, including the drill. In addition to the low initial purchase price, Ryobi tools have extensive consumer-serviceable maintenance features, which helps keep ownership costs low. One of these features is the easily removable chuck in its drills.

Things You'll Need

  • 5/16" or larger hex key wrench
  • Mallet
  • Screwdriver


    • 1

      Lock the drill's trigger switch. Place the selector that changes the direction of rotation in the center position. The switch is adjacent to the trigger.

    • 2

      Insert the 5/16" hex key into the chuck and tighten the jaws. Get them as tight as possible.

    • 3

      Tap the hex key with the mallet in a clockwise direction. Tap the hex key quite sharply. The screw inside the chuck will loosen.

    • 4

      Open the chuck jaws and take out the hex key. Use the screwdriver to unscrew the screw. It has left-hand threads and unscrews in a clockwise direction.

    • 5

      Put the hex key back into the chuck and tighten the jaws again. Tap the hex key with the mallet---this time in a counter-clockwise direction. The chuck will loosen.

    • 6

      Unscrew the chuck by hand.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove the battery pack from the drill before performing maintenance.
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