How to Use a Drill Without a Chuck

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A drill chuck is the part of the drill that holds the rotating bit in place. A drill chuck key is a small, ridged tool that fits into the grooves of the chuck to tighten and loosen the chuck. A chuckless drill is one that operates without these two features. In place of the chuck, there is a large plastic ring around the base of the rotating end of the drill, called a hand chuck. Typically, chuckless drills are not recommended for industrial construction use, but are very handy for smaller jobs.

  • Set the drill in reverse mode.

  • Firmly grip the base of the hand chuck with one hand.

  • Squeeze the trigger of the drill until the screw (the part into which the drill bit is inserted) opens wide enough to accommodate the bit.

  • Insert the bit. Keep the threads of the bit outside the screw.

  • Place the drill in forward mode.

  • Firmly grip the base of the hand chuck with one hand.

  • Squeeze the trigger of the drill until the screw firmly grips the drill bit and will not tighten further.

  • Continue to use the drill the same as you would a drill with a chuck.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the bit becomes loose, grip the hand chuck and lightly squeeze the trigger.
  • Never operate power tools without being properly trained. Protective eyewear should always be used when operating a drill.

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