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Forum topic by CaptCoan posted 02-27-2018 01:50 PM 631 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2018 01:50 PM

I have an older ( 1980ish ) Powermatic lathe, I’m looking for recommendations on a good quality keyless chuck. thanks in advance for your advice.


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#1 posted 02-27-2018 05:07 PM

Probably the best keyless chuck is the Albrecht (expensive) Check out this online tool catalog for other chucks and shanks.

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#2 posted 02-27-2018 06:31 PM

You can spend a lot or fairly little.
Most standard 1/2 drill chucks receive a 1/2 X 20tpi arbor.
A good pair (arbor and keyless chuck) should run about $35 for both sections. Not top of the line but maybe in the Dewalt class which is fine with me.
This is an arbor which is a little expensive compared to some places.
Grizzly has a wide variety of keyless chucks with various prices and various mounting methods.

Although probably not keyless, if you have a drill press many will have a 2MT for the chuck. For a long time I just popped it out of the drill pressed and into the lathe when needed. But I do not know if your tailstock is 2MT or not.

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#3 posted 02-27-2018 06:57 PM

I didn’t want the grizzly but I got one second hand and still new for free. It’s a solid chuck.

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#4 posted 02-27-2018 08:50 PM

I’ve never liked keyless chucks on drill presses or lathes as they tend to slip unless you really ratchet them down tight. For a lathe, where it is being used stationary, you don’t need an uber-precision chuck either. I picked up one of these HF chucks for under $12 to use on both my South Bend and Powermatic PM45, which both have MT2 tapers in the tailstock. I was quite surprised at the quality of the machining given the price. Basically it’s a JT33 1/2” chuck on a MT2 → JT33 adapter, so you can swap out the chuck if desired. Worth the price just for the adapter alone :)


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#5 posted 02-28-2018 07:40 PM

I have an older ( 1980ish ) Powermatic lathe, I m looking for recommendations on a good quality keyless chuck. thanks in advance for your advice.

- CaptCoan

I got this one though I don’t think it was a PSI and I think it was a small amount less than this. It has served me well for about five years.

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