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Forum topic by Andybb posted 02-11-2018 12:09 AM 651 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2018 12:09 AM

New to turning. Realized that the 3 jaw MT1 budget chucks leave a lot to be desired. My lathe has a 3/4×16 TPI headstock. Wondering if anyone can suggest a better alternative. Would like to stay under $100. Was looking at this one but less $ for decent quality would be good too.

Thanks in advance.

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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#1 posted 02-11-2018 12:12 AM

The Nova G3 is a good quality chuck. You will have to buy an insert (~$25) to fit the spindle on your lathe.

-- 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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#2 posted 02-11-2018 12:35 AM

The chuck you show is about as good you can get for that price. The thread adapter can be found for less than $10 plus shipping.

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 12:38 AM

I have a G3 and like it.

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 12:54 AM

What size is your spindle? This one (Barracuda2) will fit 1×8 and 3/4×16 out of the box. Includes 4 jaw sets, woodworm screw and a nice carrying case for $139.95:

Cheers,
Brad

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 12:54 AM

Thanks. The Barracuda 2 is a little more $ but has 3 jaws and includes the adapter. My spindle is 3/4×16TPI. Both have good reviews. $140 on PSI and $170 @ Amazon. But I have a $10 PSI coupon so it’s about a push. Seems like more value in the Barracuda?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#6 posted 02-11-2018 01:26 AM

I would go for the Barracuda at PSI since it is on sale. The CSC2000 is a little cheaper $125 but uses two handles to tighten.

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#7 posted 02-11-2018 01:53 AM

The Barracuda 2 is a little more $ but has 3 jaws and includes the adapter.
Seems like more value in the Barracuda?
- Andybb

It actually comes with 4 jaw sets, not three (Pin jaws, #1 step jaws, #2 standard jaws and #3 Large jaws), plus the 3/4-16tpi adapter in the box. With most others, you have to purchase all of those separately, which pushes the cost up quite a bit.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: It’s been on “Sale” for that price for about a year now :)

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#8 posted 02-11-2018 02:24 AM

Thanks guys.

I’m a buyer. It’s $170 on Amazon so PSI it is.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 02-26-2018 04:51 PM

Barracuda came in the mail the other day. Yes you can turn without a chuck but having it is soooo sweet! Thanks again for the recommendations.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#10 posted 02-26-2018 06:02 PM

It’s ok. I’d use never seize on the screws. I couldn’t break mine loose with a torch and a hammer. Had to drill them. Luckily they come with extras.

Other than that. It’s does the job.

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#11 posted 02-26-2018 06:09 PM

Yeah. It is strange. I just barely tighten the set screws but when it’s time to switch jaws they are in there TIGHT so I’m careful not to torque ‘em down.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#12 posted 02-26-2018 08:36 PM

I did that and they worked loose. That’s why I went with never seize. Not to mention the moisture in my shop helped none.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 02-26-2018 08:52 PM

I’ve swapped out the jaws a bunch on mine, and haven’t had any problems. I just snug them down – they don’t need a lot of torque – or at least I’ve not found that they do, and they haven’t worked their way out yet. If moisture is an issue, perhaps a nice coat of paraffin on the threads would help.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#14 posted 02-26-2018 10:37 PM

Anti-seize on the screw threads work wonders.

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#15 posted 02-27-2018 12:54 AM

Never had that problem on my Nova chucks.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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