|Review by Chris Wright||posted 12-24-2012 04:56 AM||4573 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I got a chance to see the Easy Wood Tools new Easy Chuck. I was pretty excited because I wanted to see how it worked and after looking at it I have to say I’m pretty disappointed. The first thing I noticed is that it is direct threaded. This I think is a bad idea. If you start turning with a midi lathe with a 1” x 8 tpi spindle and move up to one with 1 1/4” x 8 tpi spindle you’d have to buy a new chuck. There is no way to use a wrench to remove the body from the spindle because the back of the body extends to far back. And finally there’s the price. $500 for a body with one set of jaws. A OneWay doesn’t even cost that much. There are Nova package deals where you can get a G3 or a SuperNova with 4 sets of jaws for $300 and they go on sale for $200, so I can’t think of why I’d pay twice as much for a chuck with one set of jaws. The Zoom Ring is cool, as is the quick change for the jaws, but I don’t see that offsetting the price or the design flaws. I have a feeling that the next model of this chuck will have addressed the design problems I mention.
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