Be very careful with regard to sanding or filing a Morse #2 Taper. They stick because they are supposed to, a tight fit is a sign of an almost certainly perfect fit, not a flawed fit. This is the same taper that typically secures your chuck in your drill press. If you want to reduce this 'sticktion' for future use, just apply a little lubricant to it in the future prior to installing it. (Don't ever lubricate the MT#2 taper in a drill press, however, or you will likely have problems with your chuck falling free in use.)Thanks guys, i'm going to take it apart tomorrow and try to heat it loose. If no luck i'm sure some stern tapping might be in order. hopefully with some sanding and filing this will be the last time i have this happen. Again many thanks!
Please keep in mind that you are talking to someone with very little knowledge of lathes (though I know drill presses and most other equipment quite well).Using anti seize or lubing them just defeats the purpose for which they were designed. I have a metal lathe with a jacobs chuck with a MT3 taper for the tail stock. Typically I can just 'slap' the chuck in the tail stock and all is good. Sometimes I smack the chuck nose with a leather mallet for good measure. Particularly if I'm drilling 1/2" or larger. Of course my tail stock has a self ejecting feature which makes removing them easier.