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How to Remove the Bit From a Drill

Drills come in many different sizes and configurations. Despite these variances, cordless portable, corded and even big drill presses use a chuck to hold a drill bit needed for the boring operation. Some of these chucks are keyless, and some use a chuck key, but they all do the same job.

Drills come in many different sizes and configurations. Despite these variances, cordless portable, corded and even big drill presses use a chuck to hold a drill bit needed for the boring operation. Some of these chucks are keyless, and some use a chuck key, but they all do the same job. Changing the bit on any drill is pretty much the same, and all it takes is a few simple steps.

  1. Locate the chuck key for your drill. Be sure that you have the correct key, otherwise damage may occur to the teeth on the chuck.

  2. Insert the small nub at the end of the chuck key into the hole on the side of the drill chuck. The teeth should line up prior to insertion.

  3. Rotate the chuck key counterclockwise, or to the left, to loosen the chuck. The chuck may be a little stiff but try not to apply too much force, as this could strip the teeth on the key or the chuck.

  4. Remove the bit from the chuck by pulling it straight up and out once the jaws are loose enough. Tilting the bit to either side when removing it could break the bit on smaller diameter bits.

  5. Warning

    If your chuck is stiff or frozen, you may need to apply penetrating oil to free it up. Always use the correct size chuck key or damage may occur to the drill chuck, the key or both.

About the Author

Christian Killian has been a freelance journalist/photojournalist since 2006. After many years of working in auto parts and service positions, Killian decided to move into journalism full-time. He has been published in "1st Responder News" as well as in other trade magazines and newspapers in the last few years.