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#1 posted 11-07-2014 01:43 PM

I have an Easy Chuck and I absolutely love it. It’s a very well made chuck and the snap lock jaws are an absolute joy to use. The difference in time in changing out the jaws is around 15 seconds vs. a few minutes. For someone like me that only does it occasionally, it’s really not that much of a time savings, however the old screw on jaws was just enough of a PITA for me to avoid doing it as often as possible. Not the case with the Easy Chuck (YMMV, obviously). The zoom ring is nice, but there’s also a fair bit of friction to it, so while it certainly beats having to use a chuck key for large size changes, it’s not like you can just flick it and have it close either. The snap lock jaws are a much better selling point IMO.

Additionally, their customer service is absolutely top notch. I sent in an email to their tech support about a problem I was having with the chuck. There’s a locking pin that holds the last jaw mount onto the chuck that needs to be removed if you want to get to the scroll mechanism to clean it out, and I was having a real difficulty getting this pin out. I received an email from the president of the company apologizing and he offered to send me a brand new one if I sent him mine back so they could figure out what was wrong with it and avoid any production issues in the future (postage paid both ways). THAT is service.

As it turns out, it was my cheap-o center punch set that was the issue, the one I needed to use was slightly oversized vs what it was supposed to be. That went in the garbage and I got a better one that had no issues.

I also bought my chuck before they started including the screw chuck. Sent them an email asking where I could buy the screw chuck, they said don’t worry about it and just sent me one in the mail free of charge. Again, the company certainly does care about keeping their customers happy.

You’re right though, the one downside is that it’s very expensive. My train of thought is this – if you can afford it and it’s not gonna hurt your pocketbook, go for it. You’ll really be happy with it. If buying this means you don’t buy something else… then that’s when I might start to think twice about it, because while the features of the Easy Chuck are very nice, there are plenty of other chucks out there (the Delta Nova G3 and PSI Barracuda come to mind) that are also quality chucks and do the exact same thing, but just get there in a different way.

For whatever it’s worth, I’m using mine on a midi lathe (Delta 46-460). I’ve spent far more on turning tools than I have on the lathe itself; that’s pretty much unavoidable though.

If you do go with the Easy Chuck, I’m sure you’ll be happy with it.


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