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dd5087
Chuck Buddy

In Episode #606 of Ask This Old House, Tom Silva was using a drill adapter to quickly change from drilling to screwing. I thought this was a great time saving device. I believe that the device is called a Chuck Buddy so I ordered a couple of them. Unfortunately they do not fit my existing drills. Does anyone know the drill that Tom was using on this episode?

Mark
Re: Chuck Buddy

The drill Tom uses is made by Festool. Very good but very pricey.
Best, Mark

cjsand
Re: Chuck Buddy

Is your chuck the wrong size? mabey you need a drill with a bigger chuck?

dd5087
Re: Chuck Buddy

Wouldn't you know it would be Festool, and you are correct, they are very expensive.

The problem is the outside diameter of the chuck. My drills are too large for the inside diameter of the Buddy. The Chuck Buddy slips over the outside of the chuck and it has three inner steel pins that grip the outer grooves on the chuck.

I tried to post a couple of photos but couldn't get it to work. When I clicked on Manage Attachments or the Paper Clip Icon, nothing happens.

dd5087
Re: Chuck Buddy

It worked this time. Here are the photos.

cjsand
Re: Chuck Buddy

I recommend calling the manifacturer and asking what type of drills or chucks it will work with.

dd5087
Re: Chuck Buddy
cjsand wrote:

I recommend calling the manifacturer and asking what type of drills or chucks it will work with.

Tried that but unfortunately I bought these from a Surplus supplier who doesn't know the manufacturer. This supplier is the only place that I have found these. Someone else must have them because the one Tom was using had a silver cup and the ones I purchased are black. They might have a different name for them.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Chuck Buddy

Go to http://rockler.com and search for insty-drive.
Jack

dd5087
Re: Chuck Buddy
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Go to http://rockler.com and search for insty-drive.
Jack

That has similar functionality but it's a little different and it requires those types of drill bits. With the Chuck Buddy, you leave the standard drill bit in the chuck and then slip the Buddy over the drill bit when you want to use the screwdriver function.

libcarp
Re: Chuck Buddy

Take a look at the Jack Rabbit version....
http://jackrabbittool.com/
I have tried a lot of these kinds of tools and found this one to be by far the best.

dd5087
Re: Chuck Buddy
libcarp wrote:

Take a look at the Jack Rabbit version....
http://jackrabbittool.com/
I have tried a lot of these kinds of tools and found this one to be by far the best.

Thanks - That appears to be a good option.

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