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4 jaw chuck suggestion on a budget

by Andybb
posted 02-11-2018 12:09 AM


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TheDane

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 12:12 AM

The Nova G3 is a good quality chuck. You will have to buy an insert (~$25) to fit the spindle on your lathe.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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WhyMe

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 12:35 AM

The chuck you show is about as good you can get for that price. The thread adapter can be found for less than $10 plus shipping.

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Woodknack

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 12:38 AM

I have a G3 and like it.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 12:54 AM

What size is your spindle? This one (Barracuda2) will fit 1×8 and 3/4×16 out of the box. Includes 4 jaw sets, woodworm screw and a nice carrying case for $139.95:

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Andybb

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 12:54 AM

Thanks. The Barracuda 2 is a little more $ but has 3 jaws and includes the adapter. My spindle is 3/4×16TPI. Both have good reviews. $140 on PSI and $170 @ Amazon. But I have a $10 PSI coupon so it’s about a push. Seems like more value in the Barracuda?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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WhyMe

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#6 posted 02-11-2018 01:26 AM

I would go for the Barracuda at PSI since it is on sale. The CSC2000 is a little cheaper $125 but uses two handles to tighten.

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 02-11-2018 01:53 AM

The Barracuda 2 is a little more $ but has 3 jaws and includes the adapter.
Seems like more value in the Barracuda?
- Andybb

It actually comes with 4 jaw sets, not three (Pin jaws, #1 step jaws, #2 standard jaws and #3 Large jaws), plus the 3/4-16tpi adapter in the box. With most others, you have to purchase all of those separately, which pushes the cost up quite a bit.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: It’s been on “Sale” for that price for about a year now :)

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Andybb

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#8 posted 02-11-2018 02:24 AM

Thanks guys.

I’m a buyer. It’s $170 on Amazon so PSI it is.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Andybb

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#9 posted 02-26-2018 04:51 PM

Barracuda came in the mail the other day. Yes you can turn without a chuck but having it is soooo sweet! Thanks again for the recommendations.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#10 posted 02-26-2018 06:02 PM

It’s ok. I’d use never seize on the screws. I couldn’t break mine loose with a torch and a hammer. Had to drill them. Luckily they come with extras.

Other than that. It’s does the job.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Andybb

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#11 posted 02-26-2018 06:09 PM

Yeah. It is strange. I just barely tighten the set screws but when it’s time to switch jaws they are in there TIGHT so I’m careful not to torque ‘em down.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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TheFridge

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#12 posted 02-26-2018 08:36 PM

I did that and they worked loose. That’s why I went with never seize. Not to mention the moisture in my shop helped none.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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MrUnix

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#13 posted 02-26-2018 08:52 PM

I’ve swapped out the jaws a bunch on mine, and haven’t had any problems. I just snug them down – they don’t need a lot of torque – or at least I’ve not found that they do, and they haven’t worked their way out yet. If moisture is an issue, perhaps a nice coat of paraffin on the threads would help.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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JollyGreen67

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#14 posted 02-26-2018 10:37 PM

Anti-seize on the screw threads work wonders.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#15 posted 02-27-2018 12:54 AM

Never had that problem on my Nova chucks.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#16 posted 02-27-2018 01:06 AM

aw dang it, just knew i shouldn’t have read this thread, now here i go ordering one of these chucks, jeebus, thought i’d get thru the week or at least a few days before spending the retirement funds. lol

thanks for info
Rj

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Tennessee

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#17 posted 02-27-2018 02:07 AM

I own two of the Barracuda chucks, the #2, and the #2 TN. Set up the Tn unit with the jumbo jaws, and keep it ready for small bowls, etc. Both have their advantages. They are actually pretty good chucks for midi lathes. Only concern is the gear tightening tool sometimes slips and does not seem to be totally geared with the gear on the chucks. But it gets it done. I did buy an adopter to put either chuck on my big Powermatic 3520, and that works fine. Most of the time I use them on my Turnmaster Commander lathe, which I also bought from PSI. OK lathe, not the absolute best, but it runs good, mostly for pens and small items. My review is on here somewhere. Check my reviews if interested.

The real deal from PSI is the C series alligator jaws for $29.95 for any of the C series chucks. I bought these, and they both work really well at extending the work away from the chuck, and gripping the work correctly. Like them both, and you get essentially a number 2 and a number 3 set for a lousy $30. Quite a bargain.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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Andybb

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#18 posted 02-27-2018 02:19 AM



aw dang it, just knew i shouldn t have read this thread, now here i go ordering one of these chucks, jeebus, thought i d get thru the week or at least a few days before spending the retirement funds. lol

thanks for info
Rj

- Knockonit


Misery does love company. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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mel52

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#19 posted 02-27-2018 02:57 AM

I also have the Nova G3. Works good and I haven’t had a problem with the screws. I do crank them down tight when switching jaws etc.

-- MEL, Kansas

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MrUnix

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#20 posted 02-27-2018 03:05 AM

The real deal from PSI is the C series alligator jaws for $29.95 for any of the C series chucks. I bought these, and they both work really well at extending the work away from the chuck, and gripping the work correctly. Like them both, and you get essentially a number 2 and a number 3 set for a lousy $30. Quite a bargain.
- Tennessee

Those are interesting jaws... I might just pick up a set for mine. I just got a 10% off e-mail from PSI as well, so the timing might just be right :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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OSU55

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#21 posted 02-28-2018 02:49 AM

The PSI Barracuda chucks are the best value. I own the #2 and #4. Dont understand the people who claim the screws lock up and strip out/have to drill out. Coated mine with paste wax after stripping the RI, and never an issue in 5 yrs of use.

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