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#1 posted 11-09-2014 02:10 PM

When buying a chuck for a mini lathe weight and size of the chuck matter. The why already covered by Hairy & Gerry. Also your chuck buying budget do not have to break the bank. Since do not know size of your spindle thread will assume it is 1” x 8 TPI for sake of discussion, you can adjust if necessary.

Generally, tommy bar chucks ideal for mini lathes due to weight and thin chuck bodies. Some people have trouble with tommy bars.

Key chucks simpler to operate and more popular with turners; if get right size weight not a problem.

Here are two examples of inexpensive 4-jaw chucks that will work well on a mini lathe. Grizzly’s H6265 lot more attractive.

Grizzly’s G8784 1” x 8 TPI tommy bar chuck only $58 without shipping on page 141 of 2014 catalog.
Grizzly H6265, 3 ¾” single key same thread size $112 also on page 141.

Other inexpensive chucks out there sold by


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