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Well after a long wait I decided to get the Nova g3 chuck. I'm waiting on it to arrive now but I have notice that a lot of turners buy more than one chuck rather than change jaws;;;which would be best;;;buy utility chucks and not have to change jaws or change the jaws on a good one;;;I would love to hear a few woodturners comments. Thank you
 

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Changing jaws is a PITA … eventually you will want more than one chuck so you can have, for example, your #2 jaws on one chuck and your pins jaws on another. That's why I have two G3's and a PSI Utility chuck.

There is nothing special about the PSI Utility chuck (or any other so-called 'utility' chuck) ... it still has different jaw sets that are installed with one or two hex flat head screws, just like any other scroll chuck. BTW, some folks have reported having trouble getting replacement set screws for the PSI Utility chuck (they are easy to lose … don't ask me how I know!).
 

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I think you will like the G3. I would rather have a good chuck than several "utility" chucks. They are what keeps that blank from orbiting.
But the G3 is not a very much more than others.
I have been turning 5+ years and do not like to change jaws so I have acquired several (4 G3's, 1 SN2, and 2 SN).
I would not have bought so many but most came up as wuttenbuts on the bay.
 

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well I broke down and bought the infinity chuck by nova,,it is really sweet,,i can change the jaws I believe quicker than you can change the chucks off the lathe,,it is a little pricey,,but having a lot of chucks is not what I wanted,,if anyone feels like I do,,i suggest the infinity chuck,,and it is cheaper than the easy chuck,,
 

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Buying extra jaw sets least expensive over buying another new chuck!

Most turning vendors also sell extra replacement jaw screws, but don't help if broke off a jaw screw and unable to extract that broken screw. That is why bought my second chuck body & spigot jaws!

Except for holding smaller items jaws that came with my chuck & screw center can handle 80% of what I turn. 2nd chuck, drive centers, and faceplates take up the slack!
 

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Nova has a quick change jaw system that I don't have, but will consider some day. I have two SN2's and really like being able to have the smaller jaws and larger jaws ready to go. You will like them both. I had a lot of scrap cherry squares that I glued together and turned a tenon for glue blocks, so that solves a lot of moving stuff around. Also a beall threader works to allow more/different applications if you need several projects on the shelf.
Richard
 

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Also a beall threader works to allow more/different applications if you need several projects on the shelf.
+1 on that. With a Beall tap, you can make your own faceplates and fixtures. Really comes in handy!
 

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+1 on that. With a Beall tap, you can make your own faceplates and fixtures. Really comes in handy!
My lathe has an oddball sized spindle (3/4-10), so making my own faceplates, jam chucks, spindle chucks, etc… has allowed me to do all sorts of things that I would have never been able to do - and they don't cost anything to make using scrap 2x material scrounged out of dumpsters at construction sites :)

Cheers,
Brad

PS: I just use a standard tap - I already had one the proper size in my tap and die set.
 
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