Lathe Chuck Question #1: A question about PSI lathe chucks

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Blog entry by John Gray posted 04-17-2010 08:30 PM 13450 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I need some advice. I’m shopping for my 1st lathe chuck and have been looking at the Barracuda2 T/N Plated Special Edition Lathe Key Chuck System from PSI. Does anyone with lathe experience have comments about this chuck?
I’ve looked at Oneway Chucks among others and the Barracuda2 T/N comes with several accessories that have to be purchased separately with others.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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View interpim's profile


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#1 posted 04-17-2010 08:58 PM

I have the barracuda chuck system and am very happy with it. If you look at my last project post, I did a detailed write up with that particular chuck in action. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, as I have yet to find a bad thing about the one I have.

-- San Diego, CA

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John Gray

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#2 posted 04-17-2010 09:40 PM

Thanks interpim!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 04-17-2010 11:06 PM

I bought the non-plated model ($165 when I bought it, looks like $179 now) and like interpim (SD USN) I am extremely pleased. Like you stated, it comes with many bells and whistles that you pay extra for on the one way and others. I have purchased many things from PSI and have not been disappointed with anything. Even the Benjamin lathe tools have been great (especially for the price). After I bought the Barracuda I changed lathes and needed an adapter for the Barracuda to fit my new lathe. PSI had it. Funny thing was it was also available on amazon (from PSI) cheaper. Three guesses where I bought the adapter (and the first two don’t count). SO, to answer you question. Go with the Barracuda, you won’t be disappointed. Very easy jaw change out when you want to switch sizes. CUTE Dog.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 04-17-2010 11:29 PM

I have a Oneway Talon Chuck System and a Penn and I much prefer the Oneway. It is a stable tight gripping chuck. I have used it for 5 years and never had a mishap with it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 04-18-2010 12:15 AM

I own a Nova and a Barracuda and prefer the Nova. The Barracuda seems to get tight from time to time.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#6 posted 04-18-2010 12:57 AM

It’s all personal preferance and the bucks you want to spend. You have 4 reviews and you stand at 50/50. Give folks a week to look at this blog and you should have some good data to make a decision. Good luck and happy turnin.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#7 posted 04-18-2010 02:41 PM

I have a Nova 3g, not a problem yet.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 04-18-2010 08:10 PM

I have the non-plated version and it works well for me. I also have a big oneway chuck. I use both regularly – it’s handy to have to change jaws less frequently – and don’t necessarily prefer one over the other.


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