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Is this a good deal?

Woodcraft is offering this midi Nova Chuck with pin and bowl jaw set for $99.

I assume it will fit my wife's Delta mini and if it's a good deal I want to get it. I just don't know anything about the turning world so thought I would check first.
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-28-2009, 04:08 PM
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This is a better deal. http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CSC3000CTN.html I have one and it's irreplacable. It has 5 sets of jaws, indexing ring, woodworm, spur and even better, a key. The nova, which I also have, uses the tommy bars. Pain in the a**.
Just my opinion though.
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Kevin, I have this chuck http://www.woodcraft.com/product.asp...&FamilyID=5185 Its been a great little chuck from my experiences. It comes with the key/t-handled allen wrench that plastyk was speaking of and really is the only way to go unless you want to hear Ms.Kevin swearing alot.. For 15.00 bucks more it's well worth the extra dough..

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firefighter, am I missing something? That is the same chuck without the extra pin jaws. Why pay more for less?
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It's a good deal TT.

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frank, the chuck that I referenced is operated by a single t-handled key and can be opened and closed alot easier than the one TT is looking at getting (which requires the use of the 2 tommy bars and both hands). Personally speaking I would choose ease of use. It can be rather challenging trying to hold the chuck, whatever you're going to turn and both tommy bars at the same time while also tightening down the chuck.

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firefighter, I somehow missed that. The part number looks the same to me, but I'll defer to your expertise. One handed operation is certainly convenient.
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The extra set of pin jaws makes it a nice deal, but there's no way I'd want to use a chuck with the tommy bars as opposed to the chuck key. I saw that deal at Woodcraft and was going to jump on it so I could use it to leave my cole jaws mounted all the time but opted out after finding that the bars are the means of tightening and loosening. You need three hands for that, especially when mounting the workpiece.
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Thanks guys. I'm going to pass on it. I'm glad I asked because I had no idea about the difference between tommy bars and a chuck. That's the kind of thing that would've really frustrated me once I realized the difference.

It's not false advertising obviously, but if you ask me it's taking advantage of newbies like me by means of omission. No wonder they're on sale because they're probably not selling very many since most turners know to avoid them.

Thanks again guys. You helped me dodge a bullet.
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Yeah that's a good point TT. My wife actually just showed me the same deal the other night as a "do you need this when you get your lathe" type of thing for a birthday present. I told her I had no idea and I'd rather wait.
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