Removing drill press chuck (long post)


Hi, My name is Lynn, I used to lurk here frequently, but havn't had much time to do that in the last few years.
I am a tool nut and love to pick up bargain tools at auctions, yard sales etc. My finds in the last few years include a Kurt Star twin spindle carving machine ( now owned by Terrco ) which I got at an auction for $115, an 18" Hegner variable speed scroll saw for $99 at a tag sale, an Onsrud Inverted Pin Router with a 3 1/4 hp Porter Cable router for $60 at a school auction, a tool box full of scroll saw letter templates, about 21 sets (mostly Seyco), 2 scroll saw videos and 5 pattern books for $34.50 at an auction and a 2 1/4 gallon size ultransonic cleaner by Branson for $20 at a tag sale. ( I always tell my wife there is a fine line between hobby and mental illness.)
Anyway my latest toy is a Rockwell Model 15-081 drill press I picked up at a surplus sale for $82.50. It's got a 4 1/2" quill travel, which I prefer over the shorter 3 1/4 - 3 1/2" that is common on many of the newer drill presses, unless you want to go up to about the $400 range. It is in pretty good shape, but it needs to have the chuck replaced. I got the parts diagram for it but there is not enough detail to figure out how it is attached. The chuck appears to be threaded internally, which I believe I could just unscrew it if that is the case. There is no allen bolt inside the chuck like on some portable drills. I am wondering if it could be a Jacobs taper, and if so how do I get it off?
If any of you have one of these models or had any experience in tool repair that could shed any light on this for me, it would be greatly appreciated.
I gotta go check the garage sale and auction ads in the paper......
Thanks, Lynn
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On mine, lowering the quill, exposes a slot which allows me to insert a steel wedge. A gentle tap on the wedge with a hammer releases the chuck, so be prepared to catch it with a free hand.

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The local automotive parts house will hve a ball joint fork. Insert this between the chuck and the collet just above it and tap gently. The chuck should pop right off. Some stores have loaner tools.
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