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eas

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1791 days ago

Need help deciding on a chuck for my old powermatic model 90 wood lathe. I found a good used 3-jaw chuck from a metal lathe that has 1-1/2-8 tpi that will fit my lathe, but it weighs 26 pounds. Should I avoid having such a heavy chuck, or is it not a problem. Thanks

—Ed

-- Ed


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reggiek

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#1 posted 1791 days ago

It depends, The weight really shouldn’t be an issue unless the lathe is extremely underpowered – considering that the power turns rotational …I wouldn’t think yours has that issue. You can try it and see if it makes that big a difference on the speed.

The more important issue is whether the jaws will hold the types of projects you like to turn…or whether there are additional jaws available that give you what you need. If you are comfortable turning chuck tenons on your blanks….or inside dovetails….or making glue blocks that fit the jaws…..etc….then jaw size is not that much of an issue either.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Roper

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#2 posted 1791 days ago

i don’t know if the wieght will make a difference, but i agree with reggiek that you may have a hard time finding other sets of jaws. atleast if you bought a vicmarc or oneway you could get other jaw sets no problem. and make sure you check your spindle ,for some reason i thought the powermatic 90 had a 1 1/4 – 8 tpi. have fun and be safe.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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hairy

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#3 posted 1791 days ago

26 lbs. sounds like some serious weight for a chuck. My oneway talon is 3.5 lbs.

Here’s a link to the stronghold chuck, which should work well for you. It weighs 4.5 lbs. You buy thread adaptors for the size you need.

http://oneway.ca/chucks/stronghold.htm

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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eas

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#4 posted 1791 days ago

Thanks for the responses and I will check out the oneway stronghold. I just didn’t want to spring for the bucks that they cost, but it may be worth it considering the options. Maybe I can find one on craigslist somewhere. More later

-- Ed

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