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What do I do if my chuck closes fine without a shaft but doesn’t close with a shaft?

If the chuck is difficult to close with the shaft installed, it is typically an indication that the chucks are not properly aligned across the machine frame. Proper installation dictates that the chucks be precisely aligned for proper operation.

What happens when the operator hits the handwheel with a hammer?

If the operator is using a hammer to open/close the chucks, this indicates either a serious mis-alignment problem, or more commonly, it indicates that the ball catch, safety lock (if so equipped) and pivot pins require cleaning and lubrication. Excessive journal seat wear could also contribute to this problem which would require replacement of the handwheels.

Are the journal seats replaceable?

The journal seats are designed to be the sacrificial part in the safety chuck/airshaft system. Typically the airshaft journals are hardened to a higher Rockwell value than the safety chuck journal seat. This ensures that the handwheel journal seat will wear before the airshaft journal. When the handwheel journal seat has worn excessively, it is time for handwheel replacement. Changing the handwheels is a very simple process, and involves removing the five mounting bolts on the face of the handwheel and removing it. Installation of the new handwheel is as simple as placing the new handwheel in place, and re-installing the mounting bolts.

What size brake do I need?

Contact Us for proper sizing. We will need to know roll dimensions (max. and min. OD, ID, and Width), Speed, tension, or material type and thickness.

Can I buy replacement pads from you?


Why is my brake making noise?

This could be due to a variety of potential reasons and will be best to discuss your situation directly. Contact Us

Why do my pads wear so quickly?

You may be using the wrong COF pads, or you may be running a new product that requires additional torque.

What are my options if my brake is squealing?

Anti-squeal pads or clean the disc surface, and scuff the pad surface.

How do I know when it is time to replace the handwheels?

The most common indicator is deformation of the journal seat such that the airshaft journal no longer makes complete contact with the seat. Excessive wear is also indicated by excessive noise, or a definitive “click” or “clunk” as the roll rotates.

How do I know what brake I have?

Utilize the casting numbers or disc dimensions. You can also contact a Montalvo Applications Specialist and send us photos.