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post #1 of 11 Old 05-10-2012, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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I need a chuck, for making bowls, but I am only 16 and do not have a lot of money to spend. What is the best chuck for the money/most affordable?

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-11-2012, 12:07 AM
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Try Penn State Industries. They have decent chucks.
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What lathe and accessories do you have?

You might be able to get by without actually buying a chuck.

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I don't have a chuck. I use my faceplate for turning bowls. You just need to allow extra material so you can get rid of the screw holes
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I turned bowls for about 10 years without a chuck. I don't have time right now but later this afternoon I'll try to expand on my techniques for doing that.
A really good buy on a chuck is the $100 or so model from Grizzly that is a copy of the Vicmarc 100 chuck. I have 3 Vicmar chucks and the Grizzly and there isn't a dimes worth of difference other than the Vicmarc's don't rust as bad.
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You can go here http://novatoolsusa.com/ and buy refurb Nova chucks for half the price of buying new.

I have the refurb G3, I think I paid about $75 for it. So far, I like it and I cant tell its a refurb and not new.

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A really good buy on a chuck is the $100 or so model from Grizzly that is a copy of the Vicmarc 100 chuck. I have 3 Vicmar chucks and the Grizzly and there isn't a dimes worth of difference other than the Vicmarc's don't rust as bad.
John, do you mean THIS ONE ?

Are the jaws interchangeable with those from Vicmarc chucks?

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I went ahead and got a woodriver chuck from woodcraft, on sale. Made my mom a walnut bowl, pictures coming soon! Thanks for all the advice!
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I also have 5 of the Grizzly chucks you linked to and that is the one John was talking about. The vic jaws fit and I have 2 of my chucks with vic jaws on them. Good luck with your search.
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I noticed that the Grizzly didn't have a spindle lock to stop it from screwing itself off of the lathe in reverse operation or quick stops. I've never used a chuck before, but I'm thinking of getting one and I remember back to years ago when I hit the e-stop on a lathe and it stopped so fast, the faceplate and bowl I was turning spun right off. Is this common with chucks as well? Looking at different chucks, the spindle lock isn't always included so I was wondering how important it is.
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I went ahead and got a woodriver chuck from woodcraft, on sale. Made my mom a walnut bowl, pictures coming soon! Thanks for all the advice!
I have that chuck. It don't have the single key design so it's a little more work tightening but I like it especially for the price. I bought another one to keep the jumbo jaws on so I won't have to switch all the time.
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