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#1 posted 07-19-2019 05:34 PM

I think you guys have convinced me to go the “Shopsmith” route to mount a chuck. I know there are thousands of Shopsmiths around, but it feels funny counting on that little set screw for the whole shooting match! I know I m paranoid.

Opinions on chuck brands? It won t see massive use, looking at Grizzly, Nova, Oneway. Any cheaper off-brands worth it? Oneway looks to be the standard, but pricey. But I guess buy once, cry once.

Anyway, thanks for the great discussion gents. As you all know there is precious little info available for these things. Which I didn t know when I got it from my dad. It s got more shop dings than wear, I suspect I ll be using it for a long time. So far I ve used the lathe and drill press, but I m planning a project for the band saw and jointer next week.

If anyone has any other tips on maintenance I m all ears.

- GordoB

If you go the Shopsmith route as you say, I can’t stress enough the “tapered flat” on the Shopsmith spindle. It’s a must. One also needs to ensure that the setscrew fits snugly into the arbor of the accessory being attached to the spindle. A sloppy fitting setscrew could lead to a disaster!

I don’t know if there’s a best chuck out there, but I have a couple of Nova chucks and have never had an issue with them. You need an adapter to mount one of these chucks on a Shopsmith spindle. Either the “F” or the “S” adpater work. Both fit the Shopsmith spindle, but the “S” is the newer version and the preferred one.

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