Originally Posted by duncsuss
Correct -- and I like it
But I don't like it to the tune of $500
However -- I can see there might be turners who want:
(a) a very quick jaw change (faster even than switching from one chuck to another, I think), and
(b) a chuck that is made in USA.
So I won't call anybody who chooses to buy one of these crazy or stupid or any other name -- they are probably much better turners than me.
Let me ask you this......however I am asking politely....
If I am able to turn nice pieces, segmented projects, crazy off balance stuff, etc, and some of you guys as fellow turners do indeed find some of that stuff pretty darn nice....
Consider the 6 months turning experience, and a POS Sears monotube lathe from 600 years ago, no chuck, crappy chisels.
Knowing that, does it really matter if us turners on budgets, weekend warriors, hobbiests, have 500.00 high tech chucks and $10,000 lathes?.
Yes , I'd love a Nova lathe, yes there are times I should have a chuck. However, as most of this hobby turned small income generator has been on such a tight budget, I find myself getting by without, or making it.
I got this old lathe to see if turning would be useful, it sat 2 of the 6 months I've had it, I am still struggling with banjo repairs, but I can still turn things using a sanding plate I drilled holes in to use as a faceplate.
Point is, with companies marketing things like this, I think it takes away from the newcomers, that you really don't need such high end exspensive equipment to take up turning.
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