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#1 posted 11-07-2014 09:40 PM

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.

In terms of avoiding buying a second chuck, yes, but that is the only drawback. The general consensus is the best move is to use the appropriately-sized chuck for the piece, not the lathe. I own a Powermatic 3520B and own a Oneway Talon and a Stronghold chuck. I still use the Talon far more often than the Stronghold because most of the pieces I turn don’t need the larger chuck. I keep my tenon/recess smaller and have more access to the bottom of the piece with the smaller chuck.

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.

I guess this must be an issue with some chucks but mainstream chucks like the Oneways and the Novas use inserts, which are not very expensive, and do not affect the length of the chuck. The only thing I use my 1 1/4” to 1” spindle adapter for is for is so that I can continue to use my old 1” faceplates, of which I have many.

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