|Review by SSMDad||posted 08-02-2011 05:19 PM||4511 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I originally purchased the PSI Barracuda2000 chuck and it worked well until two of the jaw popped out and got stuck. When I returned it I figured I’d try this Nova since people seemed so keen on the brand and the “SuperNova” was overkill for me.
Firstly the little threads that grab onto the piece: the Nova only has 1 and it doesn’t grip that well (the PSI I believe has 4 threads on the jaws). I tried 4 different types and sizes of blanks (both spindle and tennoned face which was sized appropriately for these jaws) and every single time I got the lathe up to about mid-RPM’s the piece went flying as soon as I touched a tool to it. The single key is nice but I actually prefer PSI’s double bars. It seems like you can get more leverage and tighter with them.
The movement is smooth and it’s definitely a sturdy piece of machined metal but for the price and grip performance and being that it only comes with the 50mm jaws it’s not really worth the expense. I’ve since returned it and gotten another PSI B2000 chuck which works well.. (guess that’s quality assurance/control for made in china products…some are ok, some are buggered)
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