Tool Test: Get a (Soft) Grip on Drill Chucks


Jacobs Chuck’s SoftGrip-series of chucks increase hand torque to make drill-bit slippage obsolete.
By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 30

From the June 2008 issue #169
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Like most woodworkers, we here at Popular Woodworking are fond of our cordless drill/drivers. So when two officials from Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Co. showed us a new aftermarket keyless chuck, they had our complete attention.

The SoftGrip chuck replaces the stock chuck on most drills with keyless chucks, no matter if it’s a 3/8″ or 1/2″ chuck, singlesleeve or double-sleeve. There are a number of advantages to the SoftGrip that are obvious and unexpected.

The chuck is noticeably easier to close than a hard metal or smooth plastic chuck. And that’s thanks to its soft, nubby, almost gummyworm-like feel. You can really get a grip on the chuck to close it on the bit, which is great for anyone who suffers from arthritis or anything else that reduces his or her grip.


From the June 2008 issue #169
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