Ice Fishing 101: How to Use a Keyless Drill Chuck
Reference this guide to lock your drill chuck when connecting an ice auger, or other tool.
Here's what you need to know to use your keyless drill chuck efficiently for ice fishing.
To ensure a secure hold on the bit, you need to understand how a keyless chuck works. It has three jaws that grip the shank of the drill bit. By turning the chuck by hand until you feel it ratchet down, you can prevent the bit from slipping out. Here are the steps to do this:
Hold the 1/2" chuck adapter and bit with one hand and the drill with the other hand, align the 3 flats on the adapter to the jaws inside the drill chuck.
Insert the bit into the chuck and make sure it's straight.
Use the trigger to turn the chuck until the jaws make contact with the bit.
Use your hand to tighten the chuck until you feel it ratchet down.
Turn back the drill chuck a small amount and you will feel a "click."
Release the chuck and check that the bit is securely held in place.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your drill bit is securely held in place and won't slip out while drilling. If the chuck does come loose, the Easy View Safety Flange can prevent it from dropping down the hole. Be sure to check and tighten your drill chuck after traveling or drilling holes.