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Forum topic by nschoenle posted 01-01-2011 11:54 PM 2452 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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nschoenle

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01-01-2011 11:54 PM

I recently purchased a Jet 1220VS lathe and would like input as to what the most versatile chuck for this size lathe is. This is my first wood turning experience and I am looking for a chuck that has jaws like most metalworking lathes have, stepped ID OD style. Are there any chucks on the market like this?

Thanks,


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richgreer

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 12:38 AM

I’m not aware of a stepped ID OD chuck for woodworking. Most chucks for woodworking have interchangeable jaws.

I’ve used a One Way Talon for over 10 years. Some consider this “the standard” for mid-sized chucks. I like it a lot, but if I were buying a new chuck today I would take a hard look at the Barracuda. I’ve used one and it is as good as my Talon and it is cheaper. It may not look much cheaper at first, but it comes with 3 sets of jaws and my Talon came with 1 set (I bought a second set for an additional cost later).

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

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 08:20 AM

I have the same lathe and I use this chuck from PSI
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CUG3418CCX.html

It comes with 3 sets of jaws and is very versatile. The “step Jaws” are only stepped on the outside and serrated on the inside. They hold very well and I have gotten a lot of use from it.

The Chucks that use a wrench/key to tighten are easier to use, but the prices are higher. Depends on your budget.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 08:56 AM

If I understand what your asking…. my fault I’m not familiar with metal lathes, I think another is the Raffan Jaws for the Vicmarc chuck. I can’t seem to make the Penn State link work.

Is this what you’re looking for: http://www.islandwoodcraft.ca/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1621

Hope it helps. I want one, but my used (Auastralian!!!) lathe came with a oneway chuck. Great chuck but I find I spend alot of time fiddling with screws to switch out the jaws. Lucky to have it though, just whining.

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 10:04 AM

Rich, This one

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Joseph Crivelli

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#5 posted 01-04-2011 09:38 PM

I’ve had a Jet 1220VS lathe since 09/09.
I bought a Woodriver chuck from Woodcraft.
I found that the PSI “C” series jaws work fine after adapt then for the size screws use with the WR chuck.

This combination has worked well for me.

-- SOLTC

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 12:31 AM

TopamaxSurvivor – Yes.

Sorry I did not see your post earlier.

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

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 09:52 AM

Thx rich,

I read some of the reviews and the quality is a bit lower than I might be comfortable using. Seems it comes lose while turning :-((

I need to find one when I get set up, hopefuly in the next few weeks, I think I will go with Oneway. Seems to be the standard the others are judged by and made in Canada :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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richgreer

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 04:03 PM

TopamaxSurvivor – I only speak from my experience using it at demonstrations (I didn’t want to bother changing to my chuck when it was my turn). I never had a problem. However, I would value the opinion of a long time user much more than my opinion based on occasional use.

I’ve had my talon for over 10 years and I am sure it will last for the rest of my life and well beyond.

Advice – One drop of oil at each jaw about once per year.

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

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nschoenle

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#9 posted 01-15-2011 02:47 AM

Thanks for the info, I’m going to attend a local wood turning club’s meeting to see if any of the recommended chucks are there to check out first hand.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 01-15-2011 03:31 AM

Oneway is the standard the others are judged by. Did you ever find your Talon to be too small or light weight for anything you wanted to turn?

Edited: thought I was on the Oneway Stronghold or Talon thread :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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nschoenle

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 01:05 AM

I’ve ordered the Barracuda2 T/N from PSI, I’ll post a review once I’ve used it for a while. Again thanks for your helpful input.

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