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post #1 of 10 Old 11-09-2011, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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wanting a 2nd chuck

i bought a chuck about a yr ago and want to buy a 2nd one.this is what i have and im happy with it
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CUG3418CCX.html
so you guys tell me why pay more and get a different chuck?
this is the only chuck i have ever used so i dont know how to compare it
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Hi Robert -- I think I got the utility chuck a week or two after you bought yours, and like you I'm thinking of getting a second chuck.

I'm leaning towards getting the no-jaws-included Barracuda2 since I already have the flat-plate jaws (x 2), large jaws, medium jaws, pin jaws, and pen-blank gripping jaws.

I used one of the key-tightening chucks when my turning club did demonstrations at the Topsfield Fair, and I really like it better than the tommy-bars of the utility chuck. I'm going to stay with the Penn State system since the jaws are interchangeable.

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will our jaws fit that one?
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I have 3 Oneway Talons. Started these on my midi lathe and now use them on the full size, just swapped inserts. Have one with normal jaws, one with small jaws and one with the large jaws for finishing the bottom of bowls. I've used vicmarcs at a class and they were nice too, but too big for my taste.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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If you bought a different chuck with another tightening system there's just that much more stuff to keep track of. I have 2 of the same chuck with different sized jaws on each. Serves me well.

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will our jaws fit that one?
I believe so. I remember reading words to the effect "all our type C jaws fit all our type C chucks" -- and the Barracuda2 has a product number with C in it.

Verify with PSI themselves rather than taking my word for it.

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The only thing I see wrong with that chuck is you need two hands to tighten it up. I'm not a fan for that reason. Its hard to hold a bowl and use two hands to tighten and get it right. I have a Talon Oneway and a Super nova2 chuck and one hand on the bowl and one hand to tighten. I'm not fortunante enough to have 3 hands. Just my 2 cents.
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The only thing I see wrong with that chuck is you need two hands to tighten it up. I'm not a fan for that reason. Its hard to hold a bowl and use two hands to tighten and get it right. I have a Talon Oneway and a Super nova2 chuck and one hand on the bowl and one hand to tighten. I'm not fortunante enough to have 3 hands. Just my 2 cents.
that is a good point but let me ask you guys a question on that light
i lock my spindal when removing or installing on the chuck .is there and problem with doing it that way?
i do use both handles to tighten it good though but it frees my hand to hold my bowl or blank
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jmho but no problem using the spindle lock...

With the tommy bar chucks I have used the bar holes are offset.
You may have to rotate the chuck to see the correct two holes. On my Woodcraft the right pin high tightens, left pin high loosens. If you can operate a set of pliers one handed it is pretty simple (this is someone else’s analogy).

Of course you can also bring up the tailstock…

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Here's the chuck I bought for the Wifey's lathe:


http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CSCBARR4.html


Solid as a rock, and works just like a small version of the metalworking 4 jaw.

Harrison, at your service!
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