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#1 posted 08-17-2017 09:59 PM

I have a variety of chucks, 1-Barracuda 4, 1-Barracuda 2, 1-PSI CS2000 (tommy bar), 1-Hurricane HTC 125, 1-Nova G3, and 2-NOVA Supernova 2.
The Barracuda chucks, they are good quality, however I only use them with jumbo jaws. The Barracuda 4 I have I do not like the key system. It tend to ride out of engagement when tightening, it appears PSI now has this for all their chucks. I won’t buy another one because of that. The Barracuda 2 I have is old style with a square key and much better, however I am limited to a 1-8 tpi with that chuck and need an adapter for the large lathe. Both Barracuda’s have serrated jaws. I don’t like them as well as the other chucks I have.
PSI 2000, good chuck multiple jaws. Has a tommy bar system that is not a favored method, but fine for this small chuck. 1-8 tip so I need an adapter when using on my larger lathe. I keep pin jaws on this chuck.
Hurricane HTC125, this is a large chuck well made with Dovetail jaws. It’s really too big for a 1221. I use this for turnings larger then 12”. Just the standard set of jaws.
Nova chucks. These are my go to chucks. I have 50 mm on the G3 and one Supernova and 70 mm on the other Supernova. Inserts for 1-1/4” spindle in the Supernova’s. The G3 is a 1-8 going, but wish I had bought the insert style.

If I only had one chuck it would be the Supernova 2. It will handle most any thing. My second chuck would be the PSI 2000, just to have one with pin jaws. I would have said the Barracuda 2 except for the key system. I don’t change jaws (even when the Barracuda’s were my primary chucks) very often, so quick change doesn’t mean much to me

I only sand in reverse and do not use the grub screw. My large lathe has sliding headstock and I turn at the end for large bowls. Turning in reverse can have advantages, but just something I don’t do.

-- Bill R

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