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post #1 of 8 Old 02-09-2009, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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which 4 jaw chuck?

I would like to get a 4 jaw chuck for my Midi lathe, new or used doesn't matter. What is a good 4 jaw chuck, do they really vary in quality that much?

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Personally I have the Barracuda 2 (3000 model). Comes with 4 sets of jaws and works fine. I have only used it a few times though. I mostly turn pens so I don't have much of a need for a chuck. Turned a few bowls with no issue.Probably sell soon, since I am getting more of taste for flatwork.

You can buy more expensive chucks, but I think the Barracuda is the best bang for the buck since you don't have to buy all the jaws seperate and trust me the price adds up quick.
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Yeah I was looking at that one, or the shiny T/N plated one. I just didn't know if there was better/cheaper to consider?

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Since you have a mini lathe this may be a good option to. I have this chuck and have never had an issue with it. I just bought a set of flat jaws for it that were only $35. It comes with 4 sets of jaws. This chuck is hard to beat for the price. The flat jaws limit you to 8", but this chuck has done everything I've ever asked it to do. http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CMG3C.html

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I've been using the Barracuda 2 since August and I like it very much. I have no negative issues with this chuck and you get more accessories with it than other chucks on the market. I've used the Nova and I can't say that it was any better. They both accomplish the same task. What I didn't like about the Nova was it turns counter clockwise to tighten. I suppose you could get used that? Good luck.
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I would agree with the barracuda. I have one on my jet midi and have had good service out of it. When I bought it from Penn, they had a special going where they threw the bowl jaws in. It's easy to use, works well and with all the jaws it comes with, you should be able to chuck up just about anything.
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I agree with cowchaser and others here Barracuda is the best bang for the buck.

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Barracuda2 from Amazon, when back in stock...

I'm planning on buying the Barracuda 2 (3000C) myself also, but, waiting for amazon.com to list it again, since I have ~$70 of amazon gift certificates. They had it before Christmas for a bit less than direct from PSI and free shipping too. They're currently only stocking T/N version. Looks pretty, but, not sure if it's worth the extra $40 or so.

Regardless, I also did a decent amount of looking around a couple months back and agree the barracuda 2 (3000C) is probably the best chuck for your buck (and lathe too

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