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post #1 of 8 Old 12-28-2011, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Best chuck for hobby turning?

What's the best chuck system for the most bang for the buck? Best price to best all around use and upgradability when funds allow? What features are the most important? I got a 'cole' style, but it has limitations. I believe that is the name of it, it has four pie shaped wedges that have predrilled threaded holes at different intervals, holds externally and internally. Thanks for your patience, sedgar2
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-28-2011, 05:44 PM
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Not knowing what lathe you have and what kind of turning you have in mind it is a hard question to answer.
I have two Nova chucks, a Midi and a Super Nova2 and really like them. You can start with a basic chuck and add jaw sets as you like plus the jaw sets are interchangeable between chucks.
I think the best bang for the buck right now is the Nova Midi on sale at Woodcraft.
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I like Oneway Talons.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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I just recieved the Wood River chuck from Woodcraft as a holiday gift. It seems to be a good chuck for a beginner like me. It also has other jaws than can be added it looks like a good deal. So far I am happy with this chuck.
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I have the Delta 46-460 Midi lathe and I was looking at the Nova Midi chuck that Whaler suggested. For my lathe I won't need to buy a threaded insert and it comes with two sizes of jaws all for about $110 from Woodcraft. I will have to do some research on the others that were suggested here.
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I have 2 chucks which are the Talon Oneway (Best out there in my opinion) and then I also have the Super Nova 2. I've had 2 bowls fly off with the Super Nova 2 and no complaints with the Talon Oneway. I'm not saying the Super Nova is not a good chuck but I would rather pay a little extra for the Talon. Just my 2 cents worth.
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For few more dollars can buy this chuck with free shipping:

You can buy other insert later if need to, and one hand operation.
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I just got the barracuda with the 3 sets of replaceable jaws, and a side order of the jumbo jaws for doing plate backs (Xmas gift to myself). It looks solid enough, but my lathe skills aren't good enough to say how well it performs.

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