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11:59AM | 08/06/05
Member Since: 08/05/05
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I recently bought an old Craftsman 15 1/2 drill press at a garage sale. Everything work well, but the fellow didn't have a key for the chuck. I didn't think it would be so hard to find one, but I'm finding out differently.

It is a RIGID chuck, Model #6T33C with a 0-1/2 capacity and it has "33 tapper" stamped on it.

I'm trying to put together a small work shop in my garage for my sons and I to enjoy. Any help anyone might be able to give would be greatly appreciated.

If I cnan;t get a key, would it be possible to replace the chuck and how would I go about doing that? Thanks.


12:00AM | 09/29/05
Member Since: 09/28/05
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Looking for the exact same replacement chuck. :(


07:20AM | 09/29/05
Member Since: 03/21/04
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try Ridgid Tools 1 800 474-3443. theyare owned by emerson electric whom was most likely the oem for the craftsman drill press. the model number will be 113.xxxx if made by emerson/ridgid. most parts for ridgid and craftsman from the same time period are interchangable. may also have the parts




02:29PM | 11/25/05
Member Since: 11/24/05
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I have the same problem. Drill press is 39 years old and never had a problem. The clean up crew (probably me) disposed of the key. I have not been successful in locating another.

Rich. Did you find a key for yours and if so, where?


03:20PM | 10/05/06
Member Since: 10/04/06
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I just bought one of these Craftsman Drill press's with a Mortise attachment and a uniquie (double)table. Can this unit realy be 30 Plus years old?. I had to rebuild the chuck swivel part with new ball bearings. Lots of fun. Easy to do once you know the secret.


08:11AM | 06/08/08
Member Since: 06/07/08
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Try a True Value Hardware Store, you probably need a 5/16 pilot. I had the same problem and they had them readily available and in stock.


08:14AM | 06/08/08
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Also try True value Hardware. I had the same problem they had the 5/16th pilot chuck in stock


09:23AM | 08/07/08
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07:17PM | 09/25/08
Member Since: 09/24/08
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I just bought mine today for $7.99


10:14AM | 01/18/19
I know this is a very old thread but I have some useful info. I recently bought a Craftsman 15 1/2" drill press with the 1/2" chuck and found the chuck key stuck up inside the light cover. The key is a Jacobs K32. The Craftsman part number is 71178. The Jacobs key can be found a Lowes Hardware and many other locations. Hope that helps.

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