Getting some new tools tomorrow,Chuck,adapters for finnishing bowls

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Blog entry by peruturner posted 02-28-2010 05:58 PM 1237 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is my first blog,tomorrow getting the PSI Barracuda chuck(1-8”) with the cole jaws set and a cuple of extra jaws for it Ill post a review with pict probably tomorrow nigth

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 06:10 PM

Looking forward to the review, that price has been enticing me for 2 years, but the price has been holding me back as well. I have had my share of problems with bargain tools. Any of the Benjamins Best turning tools coming with it? Would be interested in hearing about those too.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 07:17 PM

Yes I have those too, look they are ok but no way against british tools ,the bejamin are chinese tools they work ok but for serious work they do not hold up the edge,(peruvian woods are a lot harder than us woods) quality? get sorbys for a fair price from woodcraft otherwise get the thompson tools they are today one of the best around for the money period!
will get me some soon,here the import tax is over 150% a 50 dollar tool here is 150 so figure,lol
6 months ago got me a super nova chuck and some jaws total $260 in the us,here I wind up paying close to $600 after taxes and bribes etc,ED

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 07:35 PM

Let us know how you think the Barracuda compares to the Super Nova? I have the Barracuda2 chuck, and while it works fairly well, I’ve considered moving to the Super Nova since reviews seem to indicate it has better holding power.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#4 posted 03-01-2010 05:20 AM

Ok will post review

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 12:52 AM

Well got the PSI chuck,cole jaws,and extra rubbers all of them,and a set of jaws (tall kind)

PRO= the chuck fit is great and the finnish good too the cole jaws are of a very good size and very sturdy they held very well the chuck a bit smaller than my nova but for $99 you cant go wrong did turn with it a 10”bowl and great holding no hassles love the tall jaws a lot stronger than nova2 the jaws came with screws so did the cole jaw so I have 3 sets of screws extra Do not force the screws of the rubber holders they will strip,because they are steel and the cole jaws are aluminum,so go easy on them The chuck come with a backing plate that is great to queep the dust out
I see no reason why the key (extra long)has the 2 sides to unscrew(lost one already)lol
It will not replace the nova2 that is for sure but overall is a great extra chuck,if you need another chuck go for it
LARIAN= the jaws do have a flaw is that they are straigth not dovetail,so just go easy and use the tail stock and no problemI did notice that when I open the box

today turn a vessel and they did held very well
will post pick tomorrow

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 05:53 PM

I have the PSI utility (maybe 6 years ago purchase prior to the Barracuda line) and the Super Nova. The difference between those is night and day with the Super Nova being the better. Price is also very different. The PSI came with three different jaws, while the Nova only #2’s. I now have the Cole jaws for the Nova, so can only speak to that. The PSI cost (I’m remembering) $89, while I’m invested in the Nova at about $200 with only two optional jaws.

As far as the BBest tools, I have a number of them, and as Peruturner pointed out, they are good, not great. I find myself going back to the hones and sharpener much sooner than with other brands. My major complaint is the gouges having a top surface that is “sharp” enough to make some overhand cuts uncomfortable. Nothing a file can’t round over, just a pain in the hand. They are definitely a “you get what you pay for” commodity. They allow one to expand the range of tools, while not investing a lot of money for a tool you might not use a lot.

To me, there is a trade off in tool hardness. If the tool steel is hard, it holds a good edge, but takes more work sharpening (and regrinding if that’s necessary). On the other hand, softer steel takes an edge easy, but loses it also. (Personally I think, without any real backing, that softer steel also “blues” easier.)

2c/ doesn’t buy what it used to.

-- Lathes have a weird vortex around them; I lose all track of time when close enough.

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#7 posted 03-11-2010 04:13 AM

You are very rigth on everything,but even the nova is no mach to an axminster chuck the new 5”chuck is a monster and will hold anything you put on it also could be had with the slides to fit any chuck you may have,check it out,in june a friend is going to uk and is getting me one for around 125 pounds 180us,with the nova slides

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