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Forum topic by CaptCoan posted 06-29-2018 11:15 PM 1086 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CaptCoan

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06-29-2018 11:15 PM

I’m sure this has been asked before but, which chuck should I buy? one way, Nova pro’s cons. I’m just getting into turning, I’ve got an older Powermatic lathe, any and all advice is appreciated.

-- EVERY MAN MAKES HIS OWN WORLD/ THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 06-29-2018 11:19 PM

Best bang for the buck IMO is the Barracuda – comes with the chuck, 4 different sets of jaws, woodworm screw and all in a nice case for ~$140. Fits a 1×8 spindle, but includes a 3/4-16 adapter as well. What PM lathe do you have?

Cheers,
Brad

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Woodknack

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#2 posted 06-29-2018 11:24 PM

Most people seem happy with, and recommend, what they have so I’m not sure if it makes much difference. I have Nova chucks and like them.

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

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 06-29-2018 11:32 PM

I have the barracuda 2. Great value. Leaves a little to be desired but worth it.

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#4 posted 06-30-2018 01:00 AM

If you can afford it, go with the Easy Wood Chuck! You won’t regret it.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-30-2018 02:57 AM

I have the Nova Super Nova 2 and a G 3 dedicated to a cole jaw, The G 3 okay but the Super Nova 2 much better IMHO! The G 3 very affordable on Amazon.

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OSU55

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#6 posted 06-30-2018 12:32 PM

Depends what you want. If its a brand, oneway or nova. If its the best value, PSIā€™s Barracuda line. I have a 2 and a 4 – they handle everything I throw at them. They now have a quick change jaw model.

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#7 posted 06-30-2018 04:55 PM

I have several brands, some expensive as heck, others not so much…...but honestly one of my favorites and most reasonably priced is a hurricane. The one I have is 5” and a beast but they make 4”, they are well made work well and won’t break the bank!

http://www.thewoodturningstore.com/brands/Hurricane-Turning-Tools.html

They remind me of Nova styling, but 1/2 the price!

-- Mike

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#8 posted 06-30-2018 05:24 PM

I have seven Novas and one Hurricane.
What lathe do you have? Some older PM (like the 90) has a 1.5” spindle which may limit your selection.
Also, what is the swing? No need getting a Nova SN2 or HTC125 if the lathe only has a 12” swing where the Nova G3 or HTC100 will work just fine.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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CaptCoan

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#9 posted 07-01-2018 02:56 AM

It is a model 90, painted gold not green. I’m not sure on the year it was made, or the spindle size, I’ll have to measure it and it has a fold down Plexiglas safety shield on it

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bigJohninvegas

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#10 posted 07-01-2018 06:00 AM


I have several brands, some expensive as heck, others not so much…...but honestly one of my favorites and most reasonably priced is a hurricane. The one I have is 5” and a beast but they make 4”, they are well made work well and won t break the bank!

http://www.thewoodturningstore.com/brands/Hurricane-Turning-Tools.html

They remind me of Nova styling, but 1/2 the price!

- moke

Like mike says here. I have some expensive, and a cheap one.
I started out with a cheap chuck from grizzly. It turned out to be a vicmarc vm100 clone, and the vicmarc jaws will fit it.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/4-Jaw-Wood-Chuck-1-1-4-x-8-TPI/H6267
I tend to keep vicmarc extended dovetail jaws on it. And have purchased both a oneway talon, and a stronghold chuck.
The cheap grizzly works fine, and I like having the options to use the vicmarc jaw sets. I picked up the stronghold for larger work, and bought cole jaws at the same time.
Then I found the talon chuck a few months back on consignment at my local woodworking store.
The onway chucks are working great too.

Look close at jaw options. That is why I bought that Grizzly. 1st chuck I bought and not much budget to work with. only had a couple of jaw options from grizzly, but all the vicmarc vm100 jaws will work with it.

-- John

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bigJohninvegas

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#11 posted 07-01-2018 06:08 AM

If this Is your lathe it has a #2 morse taper with a 1-1/2” spindle over the bed, and a 1-1/8” on the outboard side.
here is a pdf file for a PM model 90.

http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/655/1284.pdf

-- John

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CaptCoan

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#12 posted 07-01-2018 07:26 AM

Big John that’s close, the speed control is a little different, same location and the power switch is located on the front just below the speed control. that looks like the green ones I’ve seen online.

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Wildwood

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#13 posted 07-01-2018 10:31 AM

Think someone already mentioned spindle size depending upon Powermatic model lathe could have 1ā€ x 8 TPI or 1 1/2ā€ x think 8 TPI. Whatever lathe you have make sure get correct threaded insert with chuck you buy. Newer PM lathes come with 1 1/4ā€ x 8Ti spindle. Some chucks come direct threaded don’t need to pay extra for threaded insert and others charge extra. Hurricane chucks don’t charge extra not sure bout other makes so do some don’t.

Here is PM 90
http://www.vintagemachinery.org/pubs/655/899.pdf

Here is PM 45
http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=34240

http://www.vintagemachinery.org/pubs/655/16724.pdf

-- Bill

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CaptCoan

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#14 posted 07-01-2018 10:51 PM

Wildwood, that’s it, that’s the model 90 I have, thanks.

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EricShelton

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#15 posted 07-03-2018 07:39 PM

I have 3 or 4 super nova 2 chucks and one midi nova. I use the sn2 for bowls and the midi for small spindle work. I could never get the midi to grip hard enough for anything over 6 inches in diameter.

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