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#1 posted 08-17-2017 01:20 AM

I am fairly new to wood turning and looking for advice on chucks. Recently bought a Jet 1221VS and have been researching what my options are.
I see they have come out with quick jaw change chucks, what are opinions on that feature?
A reversible chuck is good for sanding but are there other benefits to them?
Penn State Industries has a Barracuda 5 quick change kit for aprox. $250 but I can not down find any reviews on it and it isn t reversible, any thoughts on it? Maybe the Nova Infinity series?
I don’t have an unlimited budget but believe it is better to purchase quality products that last rather than replace them later on.
Lastly, I plan to make pens, bowls, boxes and calls.
Thanks in advance for your opinions.

- Grundy51

I find it funny that when people talk about chucks and reverse, it is only about reverse sanding. Hell, half my turning is in reverse, especially when hollowing. If your machine will spin in reverse, do it. Short learning curve. Guaranteed you will forget to tighten the reversing grub/set screw only one time….. BTDT.

Nova chucks are good quality. If you decide to get multiple chucks, get the same model with different jaws. That way, you’ll always have 2 or more of the same size and type chuck key…........ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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