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Joey

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703 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: lathe vintage lathe vintage powermatic

I just got a vintage Powermatic model 45. I’ve Done a couple of turnings just to make sure that it runs good and try to get comfortable with it. It’s fully restored and all original except for the switch. Had to wire in a new switch. still have the old one with the original cover just in case I can go back to it in the future.
The only thind that it’s missing is a plate, which i’m not really worried about.
I would like some advice on an affordable chuck that i can get and install.
The outside diameter of the shaft at the threads is 1”, i’m assuming that this is the measurement i would use to get a chuck.

Any advice or assistance would be appreciated.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 703 days ago

Nice lathe! Owners manual with all the info you should need can be found over at the vintagemachinery web site.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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Joey

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#2 posted 703 days ago

Thanks for trying but I had already downloaded both owners manuels that are on that site. They don’t give the dimensions. Only old part number to order directly from powermatic. And all the parts are no longer available.
Anyone with experience with lathes or vintage lathes, I would appreciate any info.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms http://woodnwaresms.com

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gscott40

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#3 posted 703 days ago

Joey,
You want a standard 1” X 8 TPI (threads per inch) chuck. A popular choice is a Oneway Talon. Not the cheapest or most expensive but a widely used mid sized chuck. There are certainly many others on the market. They all generally have removable jaws for larger oe smaller work.
Take a look at Craft Supplies web site, or Penn State, or Packard. VicMarc is probably the best one and most expensive. Just remember that once you commit, the jaws of one brand are not interchangeable with other brands.

-- George, Minnesota, gscott40@comcast.net

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Wildwood

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#4 posted 701 days ago

I have two Oneway Talon chucks and no problem recommend that chuck with 1” x 8TPI insert. When up-graded my lathe to larger spindle merely order new thread insert for my chuck. Bought just a chuck body, thread insert and spigot jaws for second chuck.

4-jaw chuck operated with tommy bars or single key. I have own both tommy bar chuck tad cheaper and do same job as single key chuck although takes more patience. Single key chucks more popular.
Other good chuck families include VicMarc and Nova.

Only other advice can give is look at jaw sets and thread inserts available with eye on upgrading later. You can buy chucks that come as a package of different jaw sets also popular. Upgrading thread inserts not an option and if snap off setscrew changing jaws will need a new chuck body.

Just reading catalogs and websites can educate enough to buy. Couple of sites I deal with, several others on-line too.

http://www.packardwoodworks.com
http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com

99% sure your spindle thread is 1” x 8 TPI!

-- Bill

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Bill White

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#5 posted 701 days ago

Grizzly sells a Vicmarc “clone”. I have one for my lathe, and it is a good product.
Part #H6265 1” 8tpi. $104.95 + shipping. Includes wrenches and screw center.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Julian

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#6 posted 700 days ago

You can also get a good chuck at Rockler; don’t forget their 20% off coupon.

-- Julian

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