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Forum topic by Bill7255 posted 05-16-2017 10:08 AM 744 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill7255

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05-16-2017 10:08 AM

Has anyone tried the new Penn State quick change jaw chuck. Barracuda 5. I just looked for the Easy Wood chuck to see what the price difference was, however I can’t find it anywhere. So it must not be available any more?

-- Bill R


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#1 posted 05-16-2017 10:56 AM

I found some issues with Chinese made chucks. Look at Lee Valley sells the Axminster solid stainless steel body scroll chucks made in England, well-made and not much money. Very true running and 5 year guarantee..

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#2 posted 05-16-2017 11:10 AM



I found some issues with Chinese made chucks. Look at Lee Valley sells the Axminster solid stainless steel body scroll chucks made in England, well-made and not much money. Very true running and 5 year guarantee..

- loiblb

I have actually bought directly from Axminster. I have their eccentric chuck. Still learning to use it. I have two Barracuda chucks I bought 8-10 years ago. Those are ok chucks, but they might have been made in Taiwan. I recently order a replacement live center and the quality wasn’t near the quality of my old one.

-- Bill R

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#3 posted 05-16-2017 11:31 AM

Try Hartville Tool or Grizzly for the Easy Chuck – ~ $415 with 1 set of jaws, ~$80/jaw set, don’t have the stepped jaw set, so the Easy chuck would be ~ $575 with one less jaw set. Don’t know about the Barracuda 5, but I have the 2, 4, and the chuck with the large flat jaws and all have been very good. Excellent value for the $.

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#4 posted 05-16-2017 12:47 PM

I’m going to pass on the Barracuda 5 and easy wood chucks. I really haven’t seen anyone singing high praise or negatives.. Most likely will get the Super Nova 2. With insert around $149. I have the Hurricane HTC 125 and the Nova G3 along with both Barracudas. The Barracuda 2 and G3 normally stay on the midi’s. Just wanted something a little smaller for the large lathe and I have some Nova jaws.

-- Bill R

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#5 posted 05-16-2017 04:03 PM

I just looked for the Easy Wood chuck to see what the price difference was, however I can t find it anywhere. So it must not be available any more?

Their parent company (Pony Tools) shut down suddenly a few months back, and the Easy Wood Tools website says the 1”x8 and 1-1/4”x8 models are ‘out of stock’. They have the metric versions in stock … sounds to me like they are liquidating stock. Not a good sign.

-- 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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#6 posted 05-16-2017 08:05 PM

EWT announced there is going to be a new version of their chuck released this summer. I don’t recall the exact target date, but they may be running low on stock of the current product as they gear up for the new one.

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