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Forum topic by Arvid posted 03-27-2010 06:46 PM 3672 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2010 06:46 PM

I purchased a Delta lathe with variable speed and reverse capability. I recently added the Nova G3 chuck from Delta with the set screws for reversing lathes. I like the idea behind the added safety feature, but is it really necessary. Could I just purchase a SuperNova 2 that’s on sale now at Woodcraft or maybe the PSI chuck that’s often recommended. What lathe chucks do you recommend and suggestions about reversing (right now I only use it for sanding).

Thanks in advance!

-- Arvid, Washington DC

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#1 posted 03-27-2010 07:37 PM

I think with any reversing lathe you’ll want something to lock the threads. Otherwise, once you put any resistance on the piece you are turning, it will start to unthread and fly off the lathe.

-- San Diego, CA

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#2 posted 03-27-2010 08:31 PM

Over 10 years ago I bought what was then the top of the line mid-sized chuck, the OneWay Talon. It has served me well. However, if I were to buy a chuck today, I would take a hard look at the Barracuda. I’ve used it and I consider it equal to the OneWay and it sells for quite a bit less.

I understand the point about wanting locking threads if your lathe is reversible. I just don’t understand why you would run your lathe in reverse for anything other than light sanding.

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

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#3 posted 03-27-2010 11:11 PM

I have a Oneway like Rich, only it is the Stronghold since I turn some big stuff. I really like the Oneway chucks, they are immaculate, last a long time and are safe. I had a Barracuda, got a bad one and PSI didn’t do right by me, so I have a hard time recommending that one. I also have a SuperNova and love that as well.

I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of those 3, but my first choice would always be a Oneway.

And as Rich said, I don’t know of a whole lot of other uses for reverse other than sanding and finishing. I imagine if you were doing a cross grain turn you could reverse it and use a skew as a scraper or a regular scraper, but I’ve never tried it, and probably never will.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#4 posted 03-28-2010 12:11 AM

i have the stronghold for my big chuck and a vicmarc for my small. they both work great.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 03-28-2010 07:07 AM

I am in the same boat looking for the right chuck. I have found that there are two main things to look for, what is the cost of the extra jaws and add on parts and how many jaws are available. So far the Super Nova 2 and the Oneway are top runners. Grizzly’s chuck is a rip off of the Vicmark and is really good but they offer only two jaws for it and the Vicmark jaws are twice the price of any other. I think a coin flip is in order…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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