Need Recommendation on 4 jaw Chuck for My Delta 46-715 Lathe

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03-12-2017 02:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe chuck 4 jaw chuck 4 jaw nova woodturning wood-turning recommendation

I am new to woodturning and I am looking to purchase a 4 jaw chuck for my Delta 46-715 lathe. I have looking at the Nova 4 jaw chuck (described on ebay as a “Nova Lathes 1”-8 TPI Direct Thread Midi Wood Turning Chuck 48111 New”). The vendor is elling it for $82.50 including shipping. My lathe has a 1”-8 spindle. Are there any issues regarding chuck seating other than diameter and TPI?

If you can recommend a 4 jaw chuck (or give a review of the Nova chuck), I would greatly appreciate it.

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#1 posted 03-12-2017 03:40 PM

Pete, take this to the woodturning forum. That’s the best p[lace for your questions to be answered. ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 03-12-2017 05:04 PM

Nova is a good chuck. That same chuck is a little cheaper on Amazon.

I have this and like the extra jaws.

And if you can wait this is a good beginner chuck.

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#3 posted 03-12-2017 09:15 PM

While Nova and some other well known brands are very nice, for the hobby turner the PSI Barracuda2 chuck linked to above is about impossible to beat. What most folks seem to miss when price hunting are the jaw sets included with ‘cuda products which makes them a great deal. I’ve used each of the jaw sets, as well as the screw, for various things around the shop. I’ve turned up to 14” platters and bowls down to small Christmas ornaments with mine. I do recommend a chuck with a “key” that can be opened and closed with one hand vs the 2 handed tommy-bar type – much easier to load/unload projects.

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#4 posted 03-12-2017 09:56 PM

I would suggest the G3 over the Midi. I have four G3’s and never had a problem.
The Midi uses tommy bars and it farily limited in the jaws you can use.
See link to chart. The G3 can be used with almost any jaws except the powergrips and the 130mm. I have a 16” swing lathe and have never needed over 100mm.
You will see a lot of Not Recommended in the chart for the Midi.

Amazon has the G3 for $94 which needs an insert or the G3 direct threaded (no insert needed) for $99.
They do show a ‘used” G3 in the warehouse deals for $88. I have bought lots of things from their warehouse deals and never had a problem. You would need an insert for it also.

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#5 posted 03-13-2017 12:41 AM

If you consider the cost of the chuck + additional jaws, the Barracuda 2 chuck kit is the best bang for the buck IMO. And it threads directly on a 1×8 spindle, so there is no need for an insert or spindle adapter for the lathe in question. The kit is currently on sale for $139, so you get the chuck and 4 sets of jaws, the woodworm screw, an adapter for 3/4×16 spindles, tools and a carrying case for that price. No idea how long the sale will last though, and it’s normal non-sale price is ~$180.

You may also want to consider getting a 1×8 tap as well. That will allow you to make your own face plates, threaded glue blocks, mandrels, jam chucks and other stuff from scrap wood. A dumpster dive at a construction site will get you all the scrap 2x material you could ever use for free :)


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#6 posted 03-13-2017 01:06 AM

I have both a Midi and G3, buy the G3.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 03-13-2017 02:45 AM

Keep the suggestions coming. Many thanks for all the feedback. I am still deciding based on your responses. It appears that the G3 is a favorite but the Baracuda 2 appears to be an incredible value (when purchased for $139 from Penn State Industries).

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#8 posted 03-13-2017 11:52 AM

Something else for you to consider – the jaw profile. There’s what I call serrated and then dovetail. Std Nova jaws are dovetail, and they do have some that are a combination. PSI jaws are serrated. With a web search you will find lots of opinions, some very detailed. I prefer serrated because they are more secure over a range of tenon sizes for a given size of jaws. I get perfect realignment when I remount a bowl, which I do often. I’ve turned hundreds of projects, some up to 14” projects with the Barracuda2 and haven’t had one come out of the jaws.

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#9 posted 03-13-2017 10:46 PM

I have a hurricane tools chuck (model HTC 100), and it works well on a midi lathe.

-- Thanks, Marc Sitkin, Harwich, MA

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#10 posted 03-14-2017 12:59 PM

another vote here for the Barracuda 2…i just recently got this, and while i have only used it once so far, it’s a pretty nice, small chuck for a mini/midi lathe, and it would be almost impossible to find another deal like this with all the jaws & other tidbits (brand new, anyway).

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#11 posted 03-14-2017 01:03 PM

Yet another vote for the CSC3000 Barracuda2 kit.
Serrated jaws, four jaws with the chuck, screw center, single wrench tightening.
Nice little beginner chuck and you won’t have to buy any more jaws for a while. Also comes in a case.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#12 posted 03-14-2017 01:31 PM

I have the Nova precision midi and it’s a great chuck for the $. If I were doing it over though, I’d pay the extra for the G3 to have the single key. The Tommy bars can be a PITA every now and then.

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#13 posted 03-15-2017 02:05 PM

I have both the Nova G3,and the Barracuda 2 and 4. I also have the HTC 125. I use the larger chucks on my PM 90 and the G3 and Barracuda 2 on my midi’s. I bought the Barracuda’s first because of the value. They are good chucks with a lot of jaws and really no complaints on the Barracuda 2. However I mostly use the G3 on my midi’s. I prefer the jaws on the G3 over the Barracuda jaws. That is user preference. I usually keep Cole jaws on the Barracudas and use the HTC 125 and G3 for most all of my turning. Your not going wrong with either the Barracuda or G3, but the G3 is a bit better IMO.

-- Bill R

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#14 posted 04-09-2017 10:34 PM

I would go with a Nova also, but not with the fixed insert. The G3 or 2. You can buy the 3 for close to same amount, from a number of the big boys. They also have package deals with a one or 2 extra jaws and a set of cole jaws that really lowers the price. It won’t take but a bowls or 2 that you will find yourself saying you wish I had, tight on money, use the take 6 months to pay, and build your credit as well. Most all their jaws fit both chucks.

-- KRT

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#15 posted 04-20-2017 02:07 AM

Very helpful thread. I am also in the process of deciding on a chuck.

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