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careforapint

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1107 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: chuck lathe question turning

I have a midi lathe capable of turning a 12” piece. I’d like to buy a chuck for it and noticed that Woodcraft is currently having a $20 off (when you spend $100) sale until 8/27.

Which chuck would be the most versatile?

The Nova Precision Midi Chuck with the extra jaws (BUT needs two hands to use and according to the write up, is ideal for work only 3-4” deep).

-or-

The Nova G3 Chuck that only has one set of jaws (BUT uses a key so one had operation is possible).

The price is right in my budget and my gut is telling me the G3, but I wanted to get other opinions.

Thanks!

-- Christopher - Virgina


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#1 posted 1107 days ago

Go for the G3!! I have the old two wrench and it takes getting used to. Both are very good IMO. Buy the best you can afford.

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#2 posted 1107 days ago

Unless you have small hands, the keyed chucks solve a non existent problem. I have the bar type chuck and have no problems at all using it. but I have big hands so that may have something to do with it…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 1106 days ago

Also have the chuck that uses the two post tightening system.

Although it is described as requiring 2 hands, the location of the holes for tightening usually position themselves so that one hand can be used to make the initial setting.

Works great for me. They didn’t offer the extra set of jaws when I got mine 8^(

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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