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post #1 of 8 Old 01-19-2012, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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I recently ordered a chuck from Teknatool. I ordered a G3 but they sent me a Super Nova 2. I called them to tell them about the mistake and they basically said, its thier mistake and I can keep this chuck if I prefer. Great! I got a full size chuck and didnt pay full price for it. Well, I have a mini lathe that I dont plan to upgrade anytime soon and I'm worried about having bearing issues with a 5 1/2 pound chuck on it. Does anyone use a full size chuck on a mini? Is it something to worry about? Should I just send this back and get the G3 that I ordered?

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In my opinion that is a lot of weight to spin on a mini lathe. The G3 would be a much better match up.
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I like the smaller chucks. Not so much for the weight but for the size. It's hard to work on some small things when the chuck gets in the way. You will find it also starts up slower but I doubt it will have any affect on the bearings. Possibly on the drive belt if it slips trying to drive it.
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Wow, 2 imediate responces from 2 of our pros!! Thanks guys. I'm gonna call em back and tell em I want the one I ordered.

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I would worry about lathe bearings and width of the chuck already explained. Lathe manufacturers make recommendations for their chucks based upon size of lathes and other engineering factors. I would never want more than 4 lb chuck on a mini lathe both size & weight being key factors!

I did not like using my Talon chuck on Jet mini lathe. Had a no-name tommy bar chuck from Packard Woodworks that worked quite well. Gave that chuck and all jaws to guy that bought my mini.
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I called Taknatool again. They again tried to convince me to just keep this one. I told them I didnt want it, I wanted the one I ordered. Thier gonna ship it tomorrow along with a return label for the Super Nova 2.

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I agree with everyone that the G3 is more suited to a mini lathe.
That said, and being the devils advocate…
Going to the log weight calculator; a 12” diameter and 1 foot log weighs 32 pounds green.
So split it…. 16 pounds….round the corners off…down to 12 pounds?
Given a concern for bearings maybe it is best to not go over maybe a 6” diameter bowl on a mini lathe?

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if you are just turning an occasional bigger bowl on a mini, I don't think I would worry. If you wanted to turn big, heavy bowls day in and out, I would opt for a larger lathe. I turned a 24" peppermill on my little jet back when that weighed over 20# at the start. It spun fine, no problems. I used to turn 9" bowls on there occasionally too with no ill effects.
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