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In the Tool Talk Podcast #38, a caller asked about replacing the chuck on his Skil hammer drill. Though Chuck and Sean weren’t able to answer his questions on the spot, I found some answers at eReplacementParts.com, which boasts the Internet’s largest selection of power tool diagrams and replacement parts . By looking at a diagram on their site, I found that the chuck in question is standard-thread and removable. Also, before you can remove the chuck, you have to remove a securing screw that goes down the middle of the barrel.

I also turned to eReplacementParts to help out a buddy of mine who owns a granite countertop shop — he was throwing away high-end Makita grinders every month because they were wearing out after long periods of use. I told him to save the next ones for me to look at before throwing them away. After opening one up, I quickly found that the bearing casings were breaking apart, causing the grinder to shake violently.

So I went to eReplacementParts.com, entered the model number, found the part, and ordered ten new bearings, which arrived in a timely manner. With a little work and a trip to the auto parts store to buy compression-ring pliers, I installed the new bearings and put the three grinders back together. Now they purr like new — and the six dollar bearings were a lot cheaper than buying new $130-plus Makita variable speed grinders.

Next time you have a power tool breakdown, try fixing it. It’s fun, and you’ll learn a lot and save some serious money in the process.

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4 Responses to Use Your Tools To Fix Your Other Tools

  1. robert streimikes says:

    concerning your blurb on replacing a chuck, you omitted a couple of things,

    1 the small retaining screw in the center of the chuck has a left hand thread.

    2 Even after you get the retaining screw out it is still not easy to get the chuck off of the spindle. There is no good way to secure the spindle short of tearing the drill completely apart. The trick is to put the drill in low gear and chuck up a large Allen wrench (like a 3/8″ one,) long arm in the chuck, short arm sticking out and to the side. Place the short arm of the Allen wrench on a solid surface with the end elevated and smack it with a hammer, using the inertia of the geartrain/motor to hold the spindle long enough to loosen the chuck. Sometimes you have to get a bigger hammer.

  2. Justin says:

    I sent em an email asking about my craftsman pro impact gun that’s got no power. Interested to see if they can find the model under a different name and get it fixed.

    Right now it’s in a big tupperware container after I took it apart.

  3. ambush27 says:

    I’ve fixed tools, its fun to see how they work. I highly recommend it.

  4. RobinB says:

    Another option:


    Slightly higher prices, but more parts listed. Can use it as a cross reference fi you want. I have a B&D 2600 type 101 drill that I needed parts for. ereplace… didn’t have a listing, but tpd.com did, and then I took the part #s back to ereplace and found what I wanted for a couple bucks less.

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