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How to Change a Black & Decker Drill Bit

Updated February 21, 2017

Newer Black & Decker drills are equipped with a keyless chuck. This handy feature allows for rapid drill bit changes. The keyless chuck system operates on a process that automatically locks the spindle when the drill is turned off. This allows you to tighten or loosen the chuck with one hand while holding the drill in your other hand.

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  1. Release the trigger and wait for the drill to come to a complete stop. Unplug the drill.

  2. Hold the drill firmly and grasp the outer sleeve of the drill chuck with your free hand. Rotate the sleeve counterclockwise to loosen the chuck.

  3. Remove the drill bit and set it aside. Insert the new bit into the chuck. Make sure the cutting end of the bit is facing up.

  4. Grasp the outer sleeve of the drill chuck with your free hand. Rotate the sleeve clockwise to tighten the chuck.

  5. Tip

    Most Black & Decker drills are not made with an off switch. The motor is engaged any time the trigger is pressed.


    Drill bits may become hot when used for extended periods. Wear gloves when changing bits to prevent burns and cuts. Always wear eye protection when working with a power drill.

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Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves

About the Author

Mike Parker is a full-time writer, publisher and independent businessman. His background includes a career as an investments broker with such NYSE member firms as Edward Jones & Company, AG Edwards & Sons and Dean Witter. He helped launch DiscoverCard as one of the company's first merchant sales reps.

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