Correct Clamping of Mechanical Milling Chucks

Hi-Power Milling Chuck

When using a mechanical milling chuck that implements a needle bearing cage, such as the Hi-Power (HMC) or Double Power (DS) milling chuck, the correct clamping position will vary. For all MEGA DS and most HMC chucks, correct clamping is achieved when the nut contacts the holder body.

The correct clamping means that the nut is flush with the stopper plate. In any case, never tighten the nut without first inserting the tool shank. You will deform the inner bore, which will likely render the tool unrepairable. Using a side-lock type of cutting tool with flats on the shank will also cause irreversible deformation, so only use straight shank tools.

In addition, when loosening the nut, do not stop loosening once you're able to remove the tool. In other words, give the nut 1-2 more turns after the tool is removed. This "re-calibrates" the angle orientation of the needle bearings and ensures that you'll get proper clamping for the next tool.