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02-26-2010 07:51 AM

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Lathe chucks, which is better and why- keyed or lever?

-- Rick

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 05:52 PM

I have the levered type. It was less expensive and so far I have not had any problems with it (TeknaTool)

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 06:04 PM

Keyed are more expensive, but popular because they are perceived to be easier to use. I have the lever type, Wood River, and it works flawlessly and is not anywhere near difficult to use. But then again I have big hands, and can, and do operate the levers single handedly…

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 06:08 PM

I like my keyed (Oneway) chuck. It needs a couple drops of oil every month or 2. I’ve used it a lot in the 10+ years I have had it without any problems.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 06:31 PM

I have the Barracuda system, and it’s great. Not cheap though… $170 as shown below at Amazon.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 08:36 PM

Actually, if the Barracuda comes with all those sets of jaws, the price is very reasonable. The Oneway Talon that I have now costs about $230 and only comes with one set of jaws. I’ve never used a Barracuda but I have friends who have them and they are very happy with them.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 09:53 PM

Yeah, it comes with everything in the photo packed in a plastic case. I’ve been very pleased with it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-26-2010 11:59 PM

I have the Supernova2.

It uses what is basically an allen wrench. I find It works very well. It is certainly not cheap—about $200
You can get about any jaws you need for it.


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#8 posted 02-27-2010 12:01 AM

I have the barracuda system with the levers. I love it, and have had no problems operating the levers with one hand.

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#9 posted 02-27-2010 01:02 AM

I have the Oneway ‘Talon. It has a chuck key. It looks very much liike the one pictured by Charlie. I like it very much.

-- Glen

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 01:16 AM

I almost bought the Barracuda system, just because it had so many things to offer in one package. But seen a deal from Woodcraft on a Nova chuck that uses two pins to tighten and it came with anouther set of jaws on sale. Being the cheap skate that I am I bought this for $79 instead of $170. My point, I love this Nova chuck, it is so well built and works fine, just like a lot of other ones will. Avoid the Grizzly chucks. Poorly made and usually out of center. Cheap but not a good deal. Hope that helps.

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#11 posted 02-27-2010 03:28 AM

Thanks for the help. Seems like the lever action isn’t too bad. Charlie, my local wood store carries the Barracuda system. I’ll have to look closer at it.

-- Rick

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#12 posted 02-27-2010 03:43 AM

I have the Oneway talon on my Jet midi lathe and it works great. It allows me to hold a work piece with one hand and snug the jaws with the other. If you have an indexing headstock then it really won’t matter because then you can lock the headstock and smug down the jaws with one bar, then once the work piece is secure unlock the headstock and use both bars to tighten the work down.

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#13 posted 02-27-2010 04:33 AM

I just got my barracuda 2 with all the accessories listed above, I also bought the jumbo flat jaws. I am very happy with the quality, workmanship and most of all the price, way under $200 and free shipping through amazon.

-- The rule is measure twice and cut once. My problem is I still measure with a mic and cut with an axe!

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#14 posted 02-27-2010 07:10 AM

I have the supernova 2 and I love it, easy to use and holds tight. I had a turning flip off once only cause I had just gotten it and did not angle my hold area correctly. I learn quick when something flies by my face! I make doubly sure that I am doing it right since that happened.


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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