How to Remove a Drill Press Chuck


Drill presses have many useful features. Besides being the only tool that can provide perfectly vertical, exact-depth holes, it can also be used to operate sanding spindles. From time to time,drill press chucks may to be replaced or swapped out to accommodate specialty tools. The removal process is different than for a hand-held drill.

Things You'll Need

  • Chuck removal tool
  • Hammer
  • Towel
  • Wood block
  • Rubber mallet
  • Turn off the drill press power and, if possible, unplug from the wall. Hard-wired drills should be equipped with a special electrical safety device known as a service tag. Remove it to ensure the power will not be accidentally restored.

  • Pull the handle of the press down to drop the chuck and spindle down to 6 inches above the table. Stop it and lock it in place.

  • Remove the chuck, using the chuck removal tool. The removal tool is a precisely machined metal wedge that fits your press' spindle. The rear end of this tool is a striking surface, much like that on the end of a cold chisel.

  • Insert the removal tool window in the spindle. Look for a rectangular or oblong opening in the shaft of the spindle. Fit the wedge-shaped tip of the removal tool into the window.

  • Strike the rear of the removal tool with a hammer to drive it into the shaft, driving the spindle of the chuck down until it drops free of the drill spindle onto the drill table. Place a soft shop towel on the table to catch the chuck without it bouncing and dropping to the floor.

  • Remove the chuck with a small oblong hardwood block if the removal tool is not available. Place one end of the block of wood on the edge of the top of the drill chuck, angling up as much as possible.

  • Drive the wood block down with a rubber mallet with two or three firm blows to release the chuck from the press. Make the blows as straight down as possible to avoid bending the spindle.

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