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#1 posted 11-07-2014 07:24 PM

The only other thing to consider is if you are going to upgrade your lathe anytime soon. Its silly to buy a mini lathe chuck now if in a year you are going to want to be turning large bowls on a full size lathe. Better to buy a full size chuck that can be used on either.

- Minorhero

I second this. My one regret is that I bought the 1×8 chuck. If I ever move up to a larger lathe (who am I kidding, if, that should read when) it’s likely to have a 1.25×8 spindle. I can always buy an adapter to go from 1.25 to 1 but in hindsight, it probably would have been better to buy the larger chuck and have an adaptor for the smaller spindle rather than the other way around.

The one drawback of that is that you lose some of the length of your max turnings to the length required for the spindle adaptor. I wouldn’t worry about this if you end up getting a chuck in the $150 range though.

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