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  • Wanna see what's inside a POS Milwaukee drill chuck?

    PLASTIC! Outer metal barrel failed and would just spin when tightening. The black ring you see inside is plastic and the tightening barrel is pressed on to it. Plastic inside a 1/2" drill chuck on what is a supposedly higher end drill. So on the hunt again for something worth a crap, have been through a lot of crappy chucks so any ideas will be helpful.

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  • #2
    What threads does that drill chuck have on it? I took one off (destroyed getting it off) a Milwaukee drill at work and it had an odd size thread for a drill chuck. 9/16” I think it was????

    Only replacement could find was either a new one from a Milwaukee or Rohm made one with the correct threads. Went with the Rohm. I didn’t put much use on it but first impressions were that chuck was way better than the factory one ever was.

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    • #3
      Rohm extra-RV 80 with carbide jaws is one of the better cordless&keyless chucks and actually available. Not great but usable.
      (same chuck is often sold under Milwaukee and Dewalt brands. Look for "hex nose" and carbide jaw inserts.)
      Location: Helsinki, Finland, Europe

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      • #4
        Its 1/2-20 thread, pretty common. Just tired of junk self tightening chucks, always feel like going back to a key

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        • #5
          Originally posted by vectorwarbirds View Post
          Its 1/2-20 thread, pretty common. Just tired of junk self tightening chucks, always feel like going back to a key
          You got lucky, gives you a lot more options.

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          • #6
            Uh oh Wily's not going to like this one bit... word out on the street is he's a big fan of Milwaukee...

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            • #7
              I have a Makita 1/2" drill that it seemed the front bearings were wearing and I was getting some wobble in the chuck. So as we are want to do I took it apart. The planetary gear box is quite impressive in how it is made. I was actually surprised at how small the actual 18v motor is in this drill. Yes there are some plastic parts in the drill but not in the planetary two speed gearbox. I put a Röhm chuck on it when it was new. I also dislike those plastic chucks. I am waiting on the bearings to arrive to reassemble the unit. There are a lot of parts in this thing! I hope I can get it back together.
              Location: The Black Forest in Germany

              How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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              • #8
                I know Rohm makes a chuck for them, I think it was 9/16-20 thd. Maybe MilkWeed changed it to 1/2-20 but I wouldn't trust that. I own one of the 18v Fuel models, planning to install an older Jacobs 14N on it when I get a round tuit. Why not, I have a lathe and can make any adapter needed. Otherwise the drill has been good. A kindly coworker gave me one of their 4-inch grinders, works nice too.

                The only thing "high end" about MilkWeed is the brand name and the price. Its another American name that is being bled dry to run on brand fumes.
                Last edited by nickel-city-fab; 11-29-2021, 05:37 PM.
                25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
                  I know Rohm makes a chuck for them, I think it was 9/16-20 thd. Maybe MilkWeed changed it to 1/2-20 but I wouldn't trust that.
                  I had to look it up after I posted above, the thread size is 9/16-18 but not all Milwaukee have it, some are 1/2-20.

                  I’m not sure if it is the newer ones that are 9/16 and the older ones are 1/2 or it is certain models.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by oxford View Post

                    I had to look it up after I posted above, the thread size is 9/16-18 but not all Milwaukee have it, some are 1/2-20.

                    I’m not sure if it is the newer ones that are 9/16 and the older ones are 1/2 or it is certain models.
                    Thanks for the heads-up, thats another tap size I might have to buy.

                    Well, actually.... I could just turn the threads off, and loctite the chuck on. With the green stuff.
                    25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                    • #11
                      Well I like the Milwaukee drills, impacts and especially their power grease gun, man I like that thing! But coming off old Panasonics I would probably like anything. I think I will try the Rohm chuck and see how those hold up, maybe the Germans do build a better chuck, for fifty bucks I sure hope so!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by A.K. Boomer View Post
                        Uh oh Wily's not going to like this one bit... word out on the street is he's a big fan of Milwaukee...
                        I'm not carrying a torch for Milwaukee or any other flavor of tool, from my experience they are all capable of making a winner and a few turkeys. I have had excellent service from my Milwaukee tools, I think I have four of them in both M12 and M18, but I'll be the first to admit that not everything that comes out of their doors is golden.

                        Although most of my cordless tools are Milwaukee I do have a couple of Bosch ones as well, equipped with Rohm chucks. I've seen the plastic chucks on just about every color of tool and it has always been a deal killer for me.
                        I think the newer Milwaukee drills may have better chucks, but not sure as I haven't actually looked since getting the Bosch tools.This also may be dependent on model # in regards to chuck quality.

                        There was some talk a while back though on Garage Journal about the crappy chucks that came on Milwaukee drills so this is not new or a surprise to me.


                        https://www.garagejournal.com/the-milwaukee-chuck/

                        Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
                        Bad Decisions Make Good Stories​

                        Location: British Columbia

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                        • #13
                          I'm with Willy. My Milwaukee corded rotary hammer is made in Germany and is very well built. It has seen a lot of rough service and is still going strong. Other tools come out of china, like my heat gun, but for the last 5yrs it has performed perfectly.
                          Southwest Utah

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                          • #14
                            What's this ------------------- are you putting garbage on stuff made in the good ole USA ?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by greenie View Post
                              What's this ------------------- are you putting garbage on stuff made in the good ole USA ?
                              Milwaukee has been made in China for quite some time now , it says so right on the box
                              25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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