I want to connect a drill chuck with 1/2"x20 UNF female thread to an angle grinder with a M14x2 male thread. How to?

Safety Warning: Do not use a drill chuck at higher speeds than it is designed for. Specifically, it is not designed for the 10-12000 rpm of a typical angle grinder. Using it in this way may result in serious injuries.

(This question is still meaningful because there are angle grinders with speed control, and running them on slow rpms will be ok with a drill chuck. Or, for that matter, the required adapter will also help building a DIY angle drive from a dead angle grinder, which is then used with a normal power drill.)

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Make sure that your drill chuck is indeed a 1/2"-20 UNF thread. Because threaded drill chucks come in several variants (source):

  • 3/8"-24 UNF thread
  • 1/2"-20 UNF thread
  • 5/8"-16 UNF thread (or maybe that should be 5/8"-19 UNF?)
  • M12x1.25

If it's indeed a 1/2"-20 UNF thread, here are several options, using varying amounts of commercial parts and DIY:

  • Buy the required adapter. They are rare though, but you can try your luck with one of these:

    • Milwaukee 4932430464 (also here) ("Winkelschleifer-Adapter M14 für Lochsägen-Gewinde 1/2"x20", GTIN/EAN 4002395381258)
    • Festool 484291 ("M14 Stirring Rod Adaptor 1/2", GTIN/EAN 4014549088500) Discontinued product, but still rarely found, like here.
  • Combine a male/male adapter and a nut. So, you buy a "M14 male to 1/2"x20 UNF male" and a long (40-50 mm) M14 nut. For the thread adapter, you can try get hold of any of the following:

  • Weld a 1/2" UNF bolt into a long M14 nut, and cut off the head of the bolt. But that could be difficult to get perfectly straight.

  • Cut off the M14 bolt from the angle grinder, and weld on a 1/2" UNF bolt instead. This could also be difficult to get perfectly straight when rotating, and "damaging" the angle grinder will not be acceptable in most cases. Except where you have one to spare, or it's just the angle gear from a broken angle grinder that you are building an adapter for your power drill from.

  • Or use your lathe. If you have one around :) to make the adapter.

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