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post #1 of 11 Old 08-20-2011, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Buying a four jaw chuck

I'm finally going to purchase a four jaw chuck for my 12" mid size lathe with a 1" x 8 thread.
It's not the greatest lathe but it works for now and I would like to start clamping onto my blanks vs faceplating and gluing.

What brand do you guys recommend?
What price range should I be in?
What about the dovetail vs serrated?
Does the single hex key vs the two rod tightening make that much difference?
What size? They seem to come in mm. 3" max?

We're going to Woodcraft next week to buy some other toys but wanted to hear from you turning gurus before I spend any of my hard earned cash.

Thanks in advance for any input.

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I have three chucks, a Nova Midi and two Barracuda Micros. I like all three but the best buy out there is the Nova Midi at Woodcraft for $99.99 including both 25mm and 50mm jaws.
The Nova uses tommy bars which are a bit clumsy at first but no problem to use after a little practice. This chuck will handle anything that you can turn on a midi lath there is no need to buy a full size chuck.
I am currently turning on a Jet 1220VS but next week, when it gets, here the chucks will be promoted to a Nova DVR XP.

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I have 3 Oneway Talon chucks. I originally bought the first for my Midi lathe. I upgraded to a Jet 1642 and now use them on that lathe (still have the small lathe but do just pens and bottle stoppers on it now). These chucks are a bit pricey, but Oneway makes a great product. They are single key chucks, so very easy to use. I have one with standard jaw, one with small jaws and one with large cole jaws, just for finishing off the bottom of bowls. Saves so much time this way.

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I've got Nova, Barracuda, and Delta chucks and like them all. I have both types, the type that requires two rods and the kind that uses a single key. I definitely recommend getting the single key type.

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I'm a fan of Vicmarc chucks. They have a large jaw selection. The single 10mm allen key is the main reason I bought them. If you lose or misplace the wrench you can buy one at the Hardware store. You can't do that with any of the keyed chuck keys. It's also less likely to strip out.
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I have had both tommy bar and key chucks. If buying tommy bar chuck buy quality. If want single key chuck any of those mention here will suit your needs. JMHO, like Nova, Oneway, and VicMarc chucks because can update chuck insert if move to bigger lathe. I use two Talon chucks with different jaws these days.
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I just recently bought my first chuck and after poking around on this forum and doing a little other research I settled on the Barracuda CSC3000C which you can get for $150 (retails for about $170). I'm VERY happy with it, but have no point of comparison since it's the only one I've owned.

If do you end up being interested in it and can't find the $150 place, remind me and I'll look it up.

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I have a Woodcraft brand and four Novas (2 SN, a G3, and a SN2).
The Woodcraft has served me well, it does use tommy bars but the bars work with one hand (unless you also need both hands to operate pliers think of installing a router bit in its collet). Maybe all brands do not have the holes for the bars off set?
Price/type may depend on if you think you will ever go to a larger lathe. Unless they have changed the Nova Mini comes direct threaded for 1X8. The G3 would be a nice addition and allow you to upgrade by changing the insert.
To me, this is one of best buys around right now, G3 for $74.99 with warranty.
http://novatoolsusa.com/Reconditioned-Products_c10.htm
I dont know if the reconditioned includes insert and shipping. IMHO they should include an insert.
Or, they are still on ebay for $125 (new) with insert and shipping included.

As to dovetail or serrated, they both hold well when used properly. Nova offers many type jaws for your particular needs such as 35mm bowl (dovetail) or 35mm spigot (serrated).

Nova also makes chucks marketed by Delta (G3-D) and Jet.

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Sounds like next week will be a good week.

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Thanks to all who replied.
I ended up purchasing the Delta Nova G3-D


I was a good price at $146.00
It has the 1" x 8T built directly in the body so I didn't need to spend another $30 on the insert.
Gonna chuck it up this weekend.

I also bought the Easy wood Ci1 Rougher & Ci0 Finisher






I'll use them in combination with my other HSS tools

The info you guys share is great. Thank you Thank you

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I'm sure you will like it.

I never have seen seperate specs but the 50mm jaws that comes on the G3-D are serrated in the bottom so I assume they will hold a long spigot better (endgrain orientation).

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Congrats on the new toys. Let us know how those cutting tools behave. I'd be curious to know.

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