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Forum topic by UncleStumpy posted 10-19-2012 06:29 AM 5221 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2012 06:29 AM

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I just found a sweet deal on my FIRST lathe – a Shop Fox with everything I need to get going.
EXCEPT a jaw chuck. I’ve been browsing Ebay etc, and see alot of jaw chucks for sale. My question is will a jaw chuck from a Craftsman or Delta etc, fit on my Shop Fox?
I guess that it depends on if the threads on spindles are universal.

Any help???? Thanks!

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 06:36 AM

Generally, lathes will have a 1 inch by 8 tpi thread on the headstock which permits the use of 3rd party additions like a jaw chuck. Some manufacturers, though, will have their own proprietary standard. Harbor freight, for example, uses a 3/4 inch by 10 tpi thread count on some of their lathes. Penn State Industries makes a number of adapters for these specialty lathes. Look up the model of your shop fox, there should be an online manual out there for it. You will need that info anyway for the tailstock type as well.

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 09:40 AM

I agree with Dave, that you need to get the manual and find out whats what with your lathe, Mine is a 3/4” by 16 thread spindle.. so there are many options out there.. Not sure where you are, but there is a new chuck on CL eastern Ct for $100.. its a 1” by 8 thread if that fits yours its a great deal on a new chuck.. won’t fit mine or would grab it myself.. you also need to find out the dimensions of your bed, some have wider or narrower beds and different pieces may not fit.. I guess to answer your question, NO not all parts will work on all lathes, there are some universal parts, but mostly its like everything else.. some do, some don’t.. Papa

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#3 posted 10-19-2012 11:13 AM

Grizzly sells chucks with several different shaft/thread sizes. This catalog page shows several of them. I have 3 lathes and each of them needs a different chuck, so I bought 2 of the 4 jaw chucks for round pieces to turn bowls. They are only $54 now and use two levers to tighten the jaws. More expensive chucks use an Allen wrench to tighten the jaws. For the cheaper price, I’ll just squeeze two levers.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 10-19-2012 11:40 AM

If do not have a manual go online and get specs for your model lathe. Depending upon model of your lathe folks can recommend chuck to best fit your lathe.

I suggest look at catalogs/web sites so learn little bit about family of chucks. Jaws are not standard from one chuck to another. There are some grizzly chucks want to stay away from. Grizzly 4-jaw alread mentioned & 3 3/4” chuck okay but stay away from nuckle busters.

Not saying have to buy a chuck from any those folks just learn what is available from woodturning vendors. Some model NOVA chucks go on sale often, but want a vendor that stands behind products.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 10-19-2012 12:24 PM

I could almost guarantee that anything Craftsman will not be a universal fit. Some of the others might. Like everyone above said, check your manual, etc.

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 02:43 PM

You can mount a chuck on a threaded spindle and you can also mount it on a Morse taper (Although I would suggest a draw bar if you go that route.)

There are several common sizes and you can pretty much guarantee that a recent model will be one of the standard sizes. For smaller wood lathes, 3/4”- 16 tpi and 1”- 8 tpi are the most common. Get into larger lathes and it changes.

Honestly, I would put a chuck down on the shopping list anyway. Faceplates and collets are nice alternatives. If you are just starting out, learn with a spur center. They don’t bite as badly. Then take your time and study up on chucks. There is a lot of variety and you want to read up and figure out the differences rather than “just buying one.” Good chucks are not cheap and lousy chucks can be worse than not having one.

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#7 posted 10-19-2012 04:20 PM

Great Post! I didn’t know how many threads per inch or diameter a chuck would need as I have a Harbor Frieght Lathe after getting some LJ feedback. I got a DVD that was highly recomended on Amazon, but the expert glosses over what holds the pieces? LOL!

You may know how to turn? And you may know how to sharpen the high speed steel, which is not the same as sharpening chisels. LOL! By the way the Harbor Frieght HHS chisels ( the more expensive, not the cheaper ones) were also recomended. Then we get into needing to keep them sharp for saftey reasons. A slower speed grinder and stones…another journey LOL!

I was just looking on Grizzly site after reading Amazon critiques that for the price they might be a good place to start? There are metal cutting chucks, chucks w/out backer plates, and so forth. I was looking for a self centering chuck until I get familiar..LOL!

May help?

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#8 posted 10-20-2012 05:02 AM

I knew you guys would come through!!!
I’m going to go get my manual and then do some serious research.
I usually don’t buy expensive or cheap, somewhere in the middle most of the time works good.
Thanks again guys!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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