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I have a Mastercraft drill press model 55-5917-0 and ahve two problems; 1 - the chuck all of a sudden fell wile operating the drill. I tried to tap it back in place but it keeps falling off as soon as some pressure is applied... how do I fix this? 2 - the return spring for the handle on this drill press is broken ...where can i get a new spring??

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Hello Jo Ray. The chuck is friction fit. To reinstall it you may need an assistant. Put the chuck on the spindle, have your assistant hold it while you hit it using a block of wood against the chuck and a hammer. A couple of good blows and the chuck will be installed. Regarding the spring, go to this link and select the canadian tire store closest to you to get the part. http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/NavigationAssortments/WebStore/Navigation/FooterNavigation/BusinessLinks/Section1/CustomerService.jsp

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