I bought my chuck from PennState, the "Utility" chuck which came with 2 sets of jaws, plus a set of large flate-plate ("Cole") jaws.
The only downside -- and many do not consider it a downside -- is that to tighten the jaws you use a pair of tommy-bars.
When I used the turning club's lathes, I found I prefer the type that uses a single "key" (whether it's a t-handle with gear teeth, like an overgrown drill chuck key, or a simple Allen-wrench hex key). PennState do a couple of those also -- I think the Barracuda2 is like that, but there are many others.
If your spindle is 1" 8tpi, one of the best value single-key chucks is the Delta G3, which is almost identical to one of the Novatek chucks, but the Delta version is both cheaper and doesn't require the purchase of an adapter insert to match it to your lathe. (But it only fits 1" x 8tpi.) I'm thinking of getting one of these for "normal" use and leaving my PennState chuck set up mostly with the Cole jaws. Or one of the PennState chucks with a single key, that will allow me to use jaws interchangeably between the 2 chucks.
Last edited by duncsuss; 11-22-2011 at 10:05 AM.