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Recommendations on a Lathe Chuck

by Dustin
posted 08-05-2016 05:34 PM


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TheDane

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#1 posted 08-05-2016 05:46 PM

I’m pretty sure you can get a 3/4” x 16 tpi insert for a Nova G3 or SuperNova.

Then you could use the same chuck on a different lathe just by buying the appropriate insert.

-- 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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KelleyCrafts

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#2 posted 08-05-2016 05:52 PM

I just got my first lathe a short time ago as well. I have been doing a ton of research on exactly what you are looking at. Woodcraft has the Teknatool SuperNova2 Chuck on sale for $50 off right now as well.

From what I have gathered, you want a chuck that has a single key to release your work. I don’t have one yet because I’m making handles for like 70 screwdrivers right now so I don’t need to drop the cash on that yet but will soon. What I have decided on however is the PSI Woodworking CSC3000C Barracuda. It’s $180 where the SuperNova2 is $140 right now but the PSI comes with 4 sets of jaws so overall that’s a better deal. Both of these come highly regarded as quality kit which is important when you have a piece spinning at 1000rpm and you aren’t wearing a motorcycle helmet. Will see if I can find a sale in the future but for now I have enough work to keep me busy and plenty of other things to spend my monthly shop budget on right now.

Hope this helped.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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Dustin

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#3 posted 08-05-2016 06:07 PM

ki7hy
If you saw my hand-eye coordination at work, you would recommend me wearing a motorcycle helmet at all times.

Dane
You know, I might have gone quite some time before seeing that they sell the chuck and inserts separately. And it just so happens my local store has both! Might be taking a little trip this weekend!

Thanks for the input fellas!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 08-05-2016 06:07 PM

I have had the Nova chucks, One way chucks and vicmire churcks and I found the Evolution chuck by Axminister the very best and they even have a chuck your size too.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=70639&cat=1,330,69091,69183

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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TheDane

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#5 posted 08-05-2016 07:12 PM

Dane
You know, I might have gone quite some time before seeing that they sell the chuck and inserts separately. And it just so happens my local store has both! Might be taking a little trip this weekend!

You can buy ‘direct thread’ chucks, but I wouldn’t advise it. Chucks with inserts give you much greater flexibility. If you buy a ‘direct thread’ chuck, you are looking at either replacing it or buying adaptors when you move to a lathe with different size spindle.

-- 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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Arlin Eastman

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#6 posted 08-05-2016 07:38 PM

Dane is correct 100%.

You can get the chucks I talked about and just get a adapter which only cost $30 so you can use the chuck later on a bigger lathe you wish.

Thanks Dane for the addition.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 08-05-2016 07:41 PM

In the meantime, I’m looking to expand my capabilities on this one without spending a ton of money.

Best bang for the buck would be to find a 3/4-16 tap so you can make your own faceplates, jamb chucks, mandrels, and other stuff out of scrap wood. Any cheap tap will work, and you might already have one if you have a tap and die set.

Cheers,
Brad
(who has 4 lathes and not a single 4-jaw chuck :)

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

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Ocelot

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#8 posted 08-05-2016 08:38 PM

I’ve got the barracuda also, but picked it up on sale at PSI a few months ago. ($121 shipped – with 4 sets of jaws.) I haven’t used it yet. It requires 2 hands to tighten the chuck, which makes things a big harder. The single-key type chucks allow you to hold your workpiece with one hand while tightening the chuck with the other. But I figured I can manage with the Barracuda.

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KelleyCrafts

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#9 posted 08-05-2016 08:56 PM



I ve got the barracuda also, but picked it up on sale at PSI a few months ago. ($121 shipped – with 4 sets of jaws.) I haven t used it yet. It requires 2 hands to tighten the chuck, which makes things a big harder. The single-key type chucks allow you to hold your workpiece with one hand while tightening the chuck with the other. But I figured I can manage with the Barracuda.

- Ocelot

The Barracuda 3 only needs one hand. You must have the 2. Just to make it clear for the original poster.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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OSU55

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#10 posted 08-05-2016 09:32 PM

When shopping for a chuck pay attention to the total cost, i.e. what jaw sets come with it? How much are other jaw sets? Insert required? How much? Etc. The one hand scroll type chucks are far easier than the 2 handed style – need 1 hand to hold the work, 1 hand to tighten the chuck. The best value I found was the PSI Barracuda. The 2, 3, & 4 are single hand, just different sizes. If you like turning, go with a larger spindle thread , 1×8 or 1-1/4×8, and adapt back to your current spindle so the chuck will transfer in the future. While other brands might be a bit better, I found them significantly more expensive when all components were priced out. The Barracuda has been more than capable of all spindle and bowl/platter turning. I’ve turned up to ~15” with it. For the next lathe, take a look at the HF 34706 – lot of lathe for the $.

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KelleyCrafts

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#11 posted 08-05-2016 09:40 PM



The 2, 3, & 4 are single hand, just different sizes.
- OSU55

Are you talking about the jaws being numbered 2, 3, & 4?

I’m talking about the model numbers.

PSI CSC2000C – 2 handed – Barracuda 2
PSI CSC3000C – 1 handed – Barracuda 3

Please correct me if I’m wrong, and I hope I am because the Barracuda 2 is cheaper by a good portion.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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Arlin Eastman

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#12 posted 08-05-2016 09:47 PM

I should also say in the beginning or the first 4 years all I used was face plates and jamb chucks and turning between centers.

Then 3 years ago I bought the PSI barracuda gold chuck with all the jaws. I never liked how they worked and how pieces came off once in a while since it did not grip tight. Not knocking PSI since I buy from them all the time and really like the new lathe they put out which is the 12” 1 hp motor and I steer everyone to buy it just not the chucks.

Good for beginners but they just did not fit my style for sure.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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JADobson

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#13 posted 08-06-2016 02:10 AM

I’ve only ever used Oneway’s chucks but they are solid. I can’t really compare them to any other company’s but they have handled everything I’ve ever thrown at them.

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#14 posted 08-06-2016 06:35 AM

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OSU55

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#15 posted 08-06-2016 02:54 PM

There is not a Barracuda2 that is 2 handed. The one w/o a # is 2 handed. The #6, which is brand new and I’ve never seen before, is 2 handed.

I’ve turned a lot with my Barracuda2 chuck, and never had an issue with it not gripping tight. Depending on the wood, it will crush different amounts, and the chuck has to be retightened a time or 2 while turning a piece. That is true of all of these chucks.

Here’s PSI’s product page.

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#16 posted 08-06-2016 05:45 PM

I’ve only ever used Oneway’s chucks but they are solid.

I have used Oneway Stronghold chucks (we have 12 of them in our turning lab), and they are a terrific chuck. They are, however, designed for larger lathes.

If your lathe has less than a 16” swing, Oneway recommends their Talon Chuck (which I have never used).

There are also some compatibility issues within the Oneway family of chucks (Stronghold Chuck jaws aren’t compatible with either the original Oneway Chuck or the Talon Chuck).

One advantage in Nova chucks is the compatibility of jaws from one chuck to another. I have 3 Nova chucks (2 G3’s and an Infinity) with 8 sets of jaws that I can use on any of the three chucks.

-- 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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Ocelot

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#17 posted 08-06-2016 08:12 PM

To clarify, the chuck I have is…

CSC2000C Barracuda Lathe Chuck System

If you are turning a lot, one-handed operation might be a big time-saver, but for me, I think this will be OK. I have mounted it and chucked up a block in it just to see how it works, but I still haven’t used it though. Too many other things to do.

I got it on a 20% off sale, so it turned (no pun) out to run 121 US dollars shipped. Also, it required nothing else to use with my midi 10×18 lathe.

i looked the others at PSI, but at the time, it seems that only the CSC2000C was on sale, so it was considerably more for one of the one-handed chucks.

-Paul

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