Chuck and shaft (spindle?) it was attached to fell off.
I have a 1/3 HP Drill Press Model #99-110. I was drilling into some wood and it fell out of the part it slips into. It appears to be a friction fit. Can it be pressed back into place or is there more to it? I use it for home projects and it only has about 10 hours of use over an eight year period.
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Re: Chuck and shaft (spindle?) it was attached to fell...
It sounds like it is a Morse Taper. If so what you need to do is clean bith the internal and external parts with something like brake clean to remove any oil or dirt. Then wipe both with a clean paper towel. Put a block of wood on the table or if you have enough room move the table out of the way. What you want to do is seat the spindle parts and you can either tap on the chuck (make sure threads are all the way retracted) or usse the feed handle to push and put pressure to lock parts together. If you have any more questions let me know.
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Did you have to set the chuck into the spindle, or when you got the press, was the chuck already attached to the spindle? With the drill press I got (different brand), I had to set the chuck in the spindle and I put pressure on the chuck to set it in by placing a bit in the chuck and drilling in a piece of wood, which placed pressure on the chuck. If that's not the issue, check to see that the pulleys are turning ( flip the top open). Also check the tension of the pulleys (machine OFF) If there is nothing apparent or obviuosly not working, and if the press is new, yes, I would return it.
The chuck on almost all drill presses is held on by friction only by use of the tapered fit you mention. Make sure both the spildle tip and the chuck hole surfaces are completely clean and dry. Set your table so when you move the spindle down it will contact the table. With the drill OFF, put the chuck on the spindle and press it down on with the table as hard as you can without bending any handles or gears. This should be sufficient to hold it in place.
The chuck on 99% of the drill presses is just a press fit. The end of the spindle where the chuck goes on is slightly tapered to hold it on. Make sure the end of the spindle and inside surface of the chuck are very clean. With the motor off, raise the table high enough so you can still get the chuck on the spindle then turn the handle to lower the chuck against the table and press it firmly against the table to wedge the spindle in the chuck. There shouldn't be any need for anything more than this.
No there isnt. the chuck has a taper fit and needs to be cleaned and installed correctly. Use something like a brake clean or carb cleaner and spray the shaft and the internal socket of the chuck, wipe both clean with a paper towel and then move the table out of the way and with the chuck jaws fully retracted use a piece of wood and "seat the chuck" I usually strike the wood a couple of times. this should work as long as the tapers are not that worn.
get something like brake clean and spray both parts the shaft and internal socket and then wipe with a paper towel. Next put the shaft into the socket and "tap" into place with a block of wood on the drill chuck with the jaws retracted. You might have to "tap" a little hard if you know what I mean but this will seat the tapers and you should not have a problem for a while.
is the shaft a taper, if so clean it with brake clean or equivelant and wipe dry with a paper towel and use a block of wood with the chuck jaws retracted to tap the spindle back into the drive. It should lock back in place, it is just a taper socket fit.
generally on a larger drill press the spindle is a taper fit. What you would need to do is clean the taper and the socket thoroughly with break clean or something with will air dry. Then take a block of wood and place it on the chuck with the jaws retracted and hit the piece of wood to seat the taper socket.
clean the spindle and the inside of the chuck with easy off oven cleaner. get it all very clean and then be sure to remove all of the debris. pound the chuck onto the spindle with either a rubber mallet or put a block of wood under the chuck and use a regular hammer. DO NOT hit the chuck directly with a steel hammer.
Here are a few instructions to follow while installing a Drill Press: Fix the column support to the base using the three screws provided. Slide the table clamp onto the column and align the table with the base and secure it in position using the table clamp lock. Place the head assembly onto the column and slide it down the column as far as possible. Align the head with the table and base and tighten the head locking grub screws with the hex key. Fit the depth scale. Attach the feed wheel. Secure the feed wheel in place with the cap screw using the hex key. Fit the chuck safety shield over the collar of the spindle nose and tighten the clamp screw. Carefully clean out the tapered hole in the chuck and the spindle taper using a clean cloth. Hinge up the shield. Push the chuck onto the spindle and lightly tap the chuck with a piece of wood to ensure proper fitting.