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Forum topic by JMillerWoodworks posted 03-15-2019 04:17 AM 691 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2019 04:17 AM

I recently acquired a new lathe am looking to buy a chuck. I am wanting a bigger one (approx 4- 4.5”). I like the idea of buying a set with several sets of jaws rather than buying individual, but would not be opposed to buying individually. I am primarily interested in either a Barracuda 4 or a Oneway. I would love to hear your input! Thanks!

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#1 posted 03-15-2019 04:39 AM

I have the Oneway stronghold and talon chucks. You will like the stronghold chuck. The barracuda chucks at the woodworking club did not last long. The woodworking club has nova chucks which are good but I prefer the Oneway stronghold chuck.

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#2 posted 03-15-2019 10:26 AM

Although on sale Barracuda 4 is out of stock and designed for larger lathes. Less expensive Barracuda 2 chuck is abalavailable but will need an adapter if have different thread than 1” x 8 TPI. Threw away my PSI catalog which used to have more specs than web site so not sure can recommend either chuck.

I am a big fan & owner of two Oneway Talon chucks.

Also big fan of Super Nova 2 chuck

Lot of turners have switched from PSI chuck family to Hurricane chucks!

At one time PSI chucks were big bang for the bucks for lots of folks but never thought so, but JMHO.

Buy what you can afford!

-- Bill

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#3 posted 03-15-2019 11:37 AM

I recently went through the same process. I selected the vicmarc vm120. The size should be chosen appropriate to your lathe. I like the vicmarc over the oneway because it has a sealed back. It’s a real nice chuck, but it should be for what it cost. I opted for direct thread 1-1/4” for truer running and less head stress. I don’t think I’ll every need to change spindle sizes for this chuck.

I also plan to get a couple of SuperNova2 chucks when I can afford them. Seems like a nice mid-sized chuck that’s more affordable.

I have a barracuda with the tommy bars. It’s good for what I paid with 4 sets of jaws. Best suited to smaller things though and I don’t know how well it will hold up over time. Should’ve gotten the SN2 to begin with.

-- tel

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#4 posted 03-15-2019 12:32 PM

Chuck size is somewhat dependent on lathe size and you dont give lathe swing or spindle thread size. You are correct about getting a chuck with multiple jaw sets if possible – Ive found some use for all the jaw sets that came with the Barracuda2 and 4 chucks I have, and were the best value years ago when purchased. PSI has changed the ‘cuda2 kit recently – still a good deal but not as many jaws. Ive been very pleased with the performance of both chucks.

No need to worry whether the back of the chuck is sealed – any new chuck needs disassembly and degreasing, then a good coat of paste wax on everything, and 2-3 coats on moving parts – dust will not accumulate like with wet lube.

Pay attention to jaw gripping methods of different mfrs – serrated, profiled (oneway), dovetail. Lot of opinions on all 3, nothing definitive. The serrated type that the ‘cudas have have performed very well for me and are easy to rechuck a piece with no runout with the marks they leave. Also allow a wider safe jaw grip range vs dovetail IMO.

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#5 posted 03-16-2019 12:12 AM

I haven’t owned either the PSI or the Oneway but…
I have owned Novas for up to twelve years now with no problems (7 chucks).
IF you have a 1.25X8 spindle ToolPlus has a good price on a special edition right now.
Free shipping and probably no tax makes it even better with the two sets of larger jaws.
This does not take an insert and is direct threaded.

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