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If you run your production line around the clock—or even just on a regular basis—you want to
get a significant span of life out of your power chucks before they need to be refurbished.
As power chucks are used, the grease runs low and the chuck stops holding tolerance. When
you send it back, our shop often replaces the internal components or even the actuator due to
the wear and tear. Your machine is down for a couple of weeks and you’re out 30-50% of the
original cost of the chuck to make the repair.
It’s no secret; the easiest way to prolong the performance life of your power chucks is to
regularly lubricate them. Keeping lubrication levels up helps your workholding to function more
smoothly, keeps internal components from wearing against each other, and avoids product
waste by keeping tolerances tight.
To get the most out of your power chucks, ideally you should check grease levels daily. This
doesn’t take long. In two minutes or less, you can top off lubrication levels and keep the
workholding functioning optimally for the longest possible time.
But what if you don’t have two minutes a day to maintain your power chucks? Any
maintenance schedule is better than none. Consider the cost of downtime when you send
power chucks for refurbishment, or the cost of replacing them, compared to the cost of a quick
Once you establish a maintenance schedule, and keep your power chucks lubricated, product
life extends for years. When you count the costs of refurbishing or replacing power chucks, it’s
easy to see why taking the time to keep your workholding running smoothly is well worth it.
You made an investment in top quality power chucks. Stace-Allen helps you get more work in
return. Our team can help you set a maintenance schedule that works for your business, and
give you tips and best practices to extend the life of your workholding fixtures.