Startrite Mercury pillar drill.

  1. Bigjoe Moved to the country!

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    Afternoon all,
    Well ive finally managed to get 5 mins to go and collect the Startrite mercury drill i won on ebay about 4 months ago (from RBeadle on here) it needs a little tlc and im waiting for a 3 phase inverter to arrive (ebay £26) but it needs a chuck key,i think its a mt2 chuck,so are they industry standard keys or all different?

  2. Endacy

    Endacy Member

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    Kent, UK
    I had the same dilemna when I needed one (and now I need another, for a 16mm MT2 chuck!) so I took the chuck to my local Cromwell Tools and asked them to supply me one that fitted, that way I knew it was right. I got a good make one for about £4.

    Of course that only works if you have a tool supplier nearby. I am lucky and have several.
  3. TIG Paul

    TIG Paul Moderator Staff Member

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    Northampton. UK
    Most pillar drills will use a K3 key, K2 is for 1/2" pistol drill chucks, and K0 for the small 3/8" pistol drill chucks.
  4. Drains

    Drains Yeah, nah.

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    Sefton, South Island, NZ
    If you're in Embra at all Joe, drop into Wilkinsons (Arthur St, back of Pilrig St and Leith Walk) - ideally with the chuck, and they'll sort you out. Alternatively if you're feeling rich, get a new quick release chuck from Cromwell or J and L. Make sure of course its an MT, not Jacobs taper, although you can get chucks for either.
  5. Bigjoe Moved to the country!

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    Thanks chaps,i might try wilkinsons one day Si, ill check the numbers on the chuck tomorrow but im pretty sure its a 16mm MT2 (and its got 10 speeds woohoo!:clapping:)...will probably only use 2 of them tho! :ashamed:)
  6. RedOrZed Member

    I second this, a QR chuck is worth it's weight in glod.

    If you find a cheap chuck on fleabay with no arbor, I've got some JT to MT2 arbors at the back of a drawer - Cromwell were flogging them cheap so I bought some :laughing:
  7. Sounds like I've got the same drill (high/low lever on the quill ?) It's definitely a MT2 taper. Go for a QR chuck - I got an Albrecht off Ebay for £20, it's makes life so much easier

    If you need an arbor and haven't got a engineering place local then have a look at
  8. Bigjoe Moved to the country!

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    Thanks Jim,
    I might have a look on the bay, i was trying to work out what the lever on the side was,mine says 'On & Off@ at 90deg to each other,is this right?

  9. astro_al Rocket Scientist

    Could be, I have a meddings drill with a rotary switch which just alternates on-off-on-off as you turn it. This way when 'on' no matter which way you turn the switch it will move to 'off' - probably a safety feature?

  10. Bigjoe Moved to the country!

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    That sounds like it Astro al, Mine is a shaft that sticks out that someone has welded a bit of bar onto,infact its missing quite a few knobs etc, (must have a knob thief)

    Ive found a business card from a firm called team rewinds that did some work on it,so ive emailed them to ask if they know any history,it looks like a fairly new motor (375w) on it.
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