Best keyless chucks for drills

Can you change your drill bit without using a key? Sure you can. Just get a keyless chuck.

Always losing your chuck key? I can relate. Of course, there’s a solution to this problem. You can replace you trusty trill chuck with a keyless chuck.

Essentially, all keyless chuck models work the same. You grab the base with one hand and rotate the outer body of the keyless chuck with your other hand. This will make the jaws to move and release or grip your bit.

Keyless chucks for drills have double the teeth

Because of their internal structure, keyless chucks can actually hold the bit better than regular chucks.

There has to be no space for the key mechanism, so that leaved up real estate that can be used for more teeth. That’s why keyless chucks will have a better hold on your bits, because of that mechanical advantage.

Grip

The grip on keyless chucks is somewhat of personal preference. I prefer large grips, with narrow carvings, that are easy to hold.

Ball bearings

Many of the currently manufactured keyless chucks will include ball bearings. A ball bearing construction will ensure smoother operation as the chucks are opened and closed.

Jaw extension

Depends on those types of bits you want to work with. If you want to work with a short bit, you want to buy a keyless chuck that can extend past the top of the chuck.

Ratchet system

Some keyless chucks have a ratchet system built-in. They have fewer threads on the jaws and close or open using fewer rotations than the others. They use a clicking ratchet system that hangs onto the thread after rotation, leveraging your strength. It holds the bits so tight, that it’s sometimes difficult to unscrew the chuck. Recommended for heavy-duty operations.

Product recommendation

All the chucks that I tried were built well.

My favorite keyless chuck is Jacobs 30354. It has the smoothest operation, it can extend far past the top of the chuck, and it holds the bit really tightly.

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Jacobs Chuck 30354 3/8-Inch Keyless Chuck for 3/8-Inch 24 Thread Spindle
Split Bite jaw: increases grip over standard bite chucks by providing more contact with the bit.

For the money, you can’t beat Dremel 4486.

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Dremel 4486 MultiPro Keyless Chuck
Now have tool-free accessory changes. Actual color may vary

If you need to use tiny bits, I recommend getting this Neiko 20753A conversion tool.

Neiko 20753A Keyless Chuck Conversion Tool | 1/4-Inch Shank
AN IDEAL ACCESSORY: Turns any ¼” cordless power screwdriver into a drill or grinder to quickly switch tasks and keep the job moving

Best keyless chucks

Bestseller No. 1
Neiko 20753A Keyless Chuck Conversion Tool | 1/4-Inch Shank
  • AN IDEAL ACCESSORY: Turns any ¼” cordless power screwdriver into a drill or grinder to quickly switch tasks and keep the job moving
  • EASY ON AND OFF: Keyless chuck converter to go from driving to drilling in seconds
  • KEYLESS DESIGN: Chuck securely holds round-shank drill bits
  • ONE-HANDED DRILLING: Gives you the freedom of one-handed drilling and is ideal if you’re working in tight spaces
  • UNIVERSAL: Universal driver 1/4-inch hex shank snaps easily into the power screwdriver
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1/32"- 5/8" Super Heavy Duty Drill Press Chuck Keyless JT33 Mount
  • √ Condition: Brand new and high quality, well packed
  • √ Mertial: 40CR
  • √ Clamping Range: 1/32" - 5/8"
  • √ JT 33 Mount
  • √ 3-month hassle-free return and money back, please buy with confidence
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Jacobs Chuck 30354 3/8-Inch Keyless Chuck for 3/8-Inch 24 Thread Spindle
  • Split Bite jaw: increases grip over standard bite chucks by providing more contact with the bit.
  • Superior gripping force: provides high Mechanical advantage to convert hand tightening torque into superior bit gripping force.
  • Hammer lock mechanism: positive locking mechanism prevents loosening in hammer and other high vibration applications.
  • Anti-lock nut: prevents chuck from locking open.
  • Versatility: models available to fit all 10mm (3/8”) and 13mm (1/2”) variable speed corded and cordless portable drills.
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Makita 763198-1 Keyless Chuck
  • Converts impact into driver drill
Bestseller No. 5
HFS(R) Keyless Drill Chuck 3/8-in Drills with 24 UNF Thread Mount Shaft
  • 3/8in Drill Chuck Key-Less Hold and Turn to Tighten or Loosen Chuck
  • Fits Many Drill Models and Brands with 3/8-in 24-UNF Thread Shaft/Spinal Chuck Mount
  • Chuck can tighten on drill bits from 2.0mm - 13mm
  • Excellent replacement or upgrade compatible with thousands of model corded and cordless drills.

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