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post #1 of 4 Old 12-05-2010, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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advice for first chuck?

hey everyone.

well, i mostly do spindle turning, but also quite a bit of finial work, coat pegs, etc...

i would like to buy myself a good chuck.

my lathe is a 50s delta 1460, 12/36", with a 1"X8tpi spindle.

i'm thinking about the oneway talon. would this be appropriate? is the "stronghold" too big/overkill for my lathe?

i've seen the barracuda one but i'd rather spend another $100 on something a bit higher quality. what's nice about the barracuda is that it comes with multiple sets of jaws. annoying to have to buy them separately at $50 a pop.

but i also want the best quality.

any advice would be appreciated.

thank you.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-05-2010, 09:17 PM
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The Oneway talon is an excellent chuck. You don't need anything any larger. Personally I prefer the Vicmarc VM100. It's the same size as the Talon but uses a 10mm hex key to open and close the jaws. I think this is better than the geared keys other companies use. For one thing if you lose it you can just go to the local hardware and buy another one. You can't do that with a geared key.
I also prefer the jaws of the Vicmarc. I think they hold better. Vicmarc also has a very wide range of jaws. Some of them aren't carried by US distributors but if you need them you can order them from the manufacturer.
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thanks john. i had looked at this, but discounted it because of the round jaws. can the vm100 grip square stock?

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Welcome to the forum by the way. I would say the stronghold is probably overkill for your lathe.

The talon would be a good chuck. The vicmarc John mentions is also a great chuck and most folks swear by them. I use a supernova 2 and am very happy with it but I got it because it was on sale when I was in the market for a chuck. There are a couple of guys in my woodturning club who have the barracuda chuck and are very happy with it too. Nice because it does come with a lot of different jaws.

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