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Dustin

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08-05-2016 05:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe

Hey, folks, back for another question.

I’ve been playing around with my cheapo HF 8×12 lathe for a few months now, and am really enjoying it! It’s definitely got me thinking about upgrading down the line (really like the reviews the Nova II comet gets), but that’s a ways off. In the meantime, I’m looking to expand my capabilities on this one without spending a ton of money.

So, that being said, would anyone recommend the Woodriver chucks at Woodcraft? I wouldn’t mind spending the extra 40-50 bucks for a Nova, but my lathe spindle is 3/4” at 16 TPI, so I’m restricted by this. Mainly, I’m looking for something I can use in lieu of an arbor for my pen mandrel, and something to grab small square stock for things like salt/pepper shakers and tap handles.

Any thoughts or alternative suggestions? Looks like they have them on sale now for about $85.

Thanks for reading!

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TheDane

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#1 posted 08-05-2016 05:46 PM

I’m pretty sure you can get a 3/4” x 16 tpi insert for a Nova G3 or SuperNova.

Then you could use the same chuck on a different lathe just by buying the appropriate insert.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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ki7hy

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#2 posted 08-05-2016 05:52 PM

I just got my first lathe a short time ago as well. I have been doing a ton of research on exactly what you are looking at. Woodcraft has the Teknatool SuperNova2 Chuck on sale for $50 off right now as well.

From what I have gathered, you want a chuck that has a single key to release your work. I don’t have one yet because I’m making handles for like 70 screwdrivers right now so I don’t need to drop the cash on that yet but will soon. What I have decided on however is the PSI Woodworking CSC3000C Barracuda. It’s $180 where the SuperNova2 is $140 right now but the PSI comes with 4 sets of jaws so overall that’s a better deal. Both of these come highly regarded as quality kit which is important when you have a piece spinning at 1000rpm and you aren’t wearing a motorcycle helmet. Will see if I can find a sale in the future but for now I have enough work to keep me busy and plenty of other things to spend my monthly shop budget on right now.

Hope this helped.

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Dustin

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#3 posted 08-05-2016 06:07 PM

ki7hy
If you saw my hand-eye coordination at work, you would recommend me wearing a motorcycle helmet at all times.

Dane
You know, I might have gone quite some time before seeing that they sell the chuck and inserts separately. And it just so happens my local store has both! Might be taking a little trip this weekend!

Thanks for the input fellas!

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 08-05-2016 06:07 PM

I have had the Nova chucks, One way chucks and vicmire churcks and I found the Evolution chuck by Axminister the very best and they even have a chuck your size too.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=70639&cat=1,330,69091,69183

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#5 posted 08-05-2016 07:12 PM

Dane
You know, I might have gone quite some time before seeing that they sell the chuck and inserts separately. And it just so happens my local store has both! Might be taking a little trip this weekend!

You can buy ‘direct thread’ chucks, but I wouldn’t advise it. Chucks with inserts give you much greater flexibility. If you buy a ‘direct thread’ chuck, you are looking at either replacing it or buying adaptors when you move to a lathe with different size spindle.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Arlin Eastman

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#6 posted 08-05-2016 07:38 PM

Dane is correct 100%.

You can get the chucks I talked about and just get a adapter which only cost $30 so you can use the chuck later on a bigger lathe you wish.

Thanks Dane for the addition.

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#7 posted 08-05-2016 07:41 PM

In the meantime, I’m looking to expand my capabilities on this one without spending a ton of money.

Best bang for the buck would be to find a 3/4-16 tap so you can make your own faceplates, jamb chucks, mandrels, and other stuff out of scrap wood. Any cheap tap will work, and you might already have one if you have a tap and die set.

Cheers,
Brad
(who has 4 lathes and not a single 4-jaw chuck :)

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#8 posted 08-05-2016 08:38 PM

I’ve got the barracuda also, but picked it up on sale at PSI a few months ago. ($121 shipped – with 4 sets of jaws.) I haven’t used it yet. It requires 2 hands to tighten the chuck, which makes things a big harder. The single-key type chucks allow you to hold your workpiece with one hand while tightening the chuck with the other. But I figured I can manage with the Barracuda.

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ki7hy

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#9 posted 08-05-2016 08:56 PM



I ve got the barracuda also, but picked it up on sale at PSI a few months ago. ($121 shipped – with 4 sets of jaws.) I haven t used it yet. It requires 2 hands to tighten the chuck, which makes things a big harder. The single-key type chucks allow you to hold your workpiece with one hand while tightening the chuck with the other. But I figured I can manage with the Barracuda.

- Ocelot

The Barracuda 3 only needs one hand. You must have the 2. Just to make it clear for the original poster.

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OSU55

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#10 posted 08-05-2016 09:32 PM

When shopping for a chuck pay attention to the total cost, i.e. what jaw sets come with it? How much are other jaw sets? Insert required? How much? Etc. The one hand scroll type chucks are far easier than the 2 handed style – need 1 hand to hold the work, 1 hand to tighten the chuck. The best value I found was the PSI Barracuda. The 2, 3, & 4 are single hand, just different sizes. If you like turning, go with a larger spindle thread , 1×8 or 1-1/4×8, and adapt back to your current spindle so the chuck will transfer in the future. While other brands might be a bit better, I found them significantly more expensive when all components were priced out. The Barracuda has been more than capable of all spindle and bowl/platter turning. I’ve turned up to ~15” with it. For the next lathe, take a look at the HF 34706 – lot of lathe for the $.

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ki7hy

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#11 posted 08-05-2016 09:40 PM



The 2, 3, & 4 are single hand, just different sizes.
- OSU55

Are you talking about the jaws being numbered 2, 3, & 4?

I’m talking about the model numbers.

PSI CSC2000C – 2 handed – Barracuda 2
PSI CSC3000C – 1 handed – Barracuda 3

Please correct me if I’m wrong, and I hope I am because the Barracuda 2 is cheaper by a good portion.

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Arlin Eastman

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#12 posted 08-05-2016 09:47 PM

I should also say in the beginning or the first 4 years all I used was face plates and jamb chucks and turning between centers.

Then 3 years ago I bought the PSI barracuda gold chuck with all the jaws. I never liked how they worked and how pieces came off once in a while since it did not grip tight. Not knocking PSI since I buy from them all the time and really like the new lathe they put out which is the 12” 1 hp motor and I steer everyone to buy it just not the chucks.

Good for beginners but they just did not fit my style for sure.

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JADobson

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#13 posted 08-06-2016 02:10 AM

I’ve only ever used Oneway’s chucks but they are solid. I can’t really compare them to any other company’s but they have handled everything I’ve ever thrown at them.

-- James

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#14 posted 08-06-2016 06:35 AM

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OSU55

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#15 posted 08-06-2016 02:54 PM

There is not a Barracuda2 that is 2 handed. The one w/o a # is 2 handed. The #6, which is brand new and I’ve never seen before, is 2 handed.

I’ve turned a lot with my Barracuda2 chuck, and never had an issue with it not gripping tight. Depending on the wood, it will crush different amounts, and the chuck has to be retightened a time or 2 while turning a piece. That is true of all of these chucks.

Here’s PSI’s product page.

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