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Forum topic by robdem posted 07-23-2013 11:22 PM 1702 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2013 11:22 PM

Just bought a jet lathe model number jwl 1220 .Looking for some advice on a chuck system looking at the penn state barracuda 2 chuck think this would be a good starter chuck. I can get the penn state chuck for 139 dollars I have a 30 dollar off coupon. Will be turning bowls and hopefully small furniture parts for future projects . I have no experience with a lathe do not want to have to spend money twice so any and all help will be appreciated and recommendations gladly accepted. Thanks Rob

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 11:25 PM

If “small furniture parts” means things like table-legs then you just need a spur center for the headstock, and a live-center for the tailstock.
For the bowls, the barracuda chuck is a decent chuck. Nova makes one similar too but I don’t know the price difference.

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 02:28 AM

I am in the same position as you are Rob, however I have a Dunlap vintage lathe dating back to the 40’s and I am a complete rookie. I have been researching chucks for it seems for too long and have come to the conclusion for me that the Barracuda 2 is the best value/quality/cost for me. Granted, your lathe is larger and more sophisticated than mine but according to Capt. Eddie Castelin in Florida who is well respected in the turning community, the Barracuda is highly recommended for folks like us who just starting the turning craft.

My second choice was a reconditioned SuperNova 2 from the manufacturer but it is better suited for a much larger lathe (14” – 20+” diameter work piece). I like the Barracuda because it includes a 3/4”x16tpi adapter, 3 sets of jaws, screw accessory and the preferred tool for adjusting the jaws (one handed operation vs 2 handed).

Could you please reply with how I can get the $30 coupon you menioned?

Good luck with your decision and happy turning,

-- Ken, Michigan

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 02:56 AM

I have the Barracuda and am very pleased with it, I’ve had it about 7years now and in fact have purchased another one.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 04:12 AM

For spindle turning, the center that came with your lathe will work. I like to use a spring loaded center with the cookie cutter rim rather than the four offset wedges.
The live center goes in the tail stock and they call it live because it has bearings and will turn with the work.

If you decide to get a chuck for turning bowls, get a good one, not a small one.

Harbor Freight has some 6” face plates for 20$.

I’d go to Capt Eddie’s YouTube channel and watch some of his stuff. He has great ways of doing things that save a lot of money. Check out his carbide chisels with the interchangeable tips. Save a lot of money on those.

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#5 posted 07-24-2013 01:39 PM

I would recommend you not only subscribe to Capt Eddie’s YouTube videos, but check out his live, streaming shows. He does them on UStream twice a week (Saturday at 2pm CT, and Wednesday at 7pm CT). You can find his streaming channel at:

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#6 posted 07-24-2013 09:20 PM

Thanks guys for help will look into capt Eddie’s site can use all the help I can get . Woodman44 got the 30 dollar coupon on penn states summer catalog you could call penn state and ask about it hasb two coupon codes in my catalog one for 30 off if i spend 150 or 15 dollrs off if I spend a 100 dollars .

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 11:31 PM

Don’t overlook the VicMarc clone offered by Grizzly. I use it often, and have never had a prob. It is a 4 jaw, self centering chuck with all the needed wrenches, etc.
If you need a product number, PM me.
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#8 posted 07-24-2013 11:43 PM

I have the Barracuda 2 and use it on my Shopsmith (Needs the Shopsmith Adapter) and my 1939 Dunlap (needs the 3/4×16 TPI adapter that it comes with for the Dunlap.)

With all of the Jaws and a set of their Jumbo Jaws it becomes very versatile.

-- - Terry

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#9 posted 07-25-2013 09:22 PM

Experienced turner here. Name a chuck, I probably own one (or two, or three, or …well, it’s a sickness really) Oneway, Nova, and Penn State are all good hardware. You’ll like be happy with any of them. I’m partial to Nova chucks, but Oneway are probably the best engineered and most robust. All have similar chucks in similar price ranges.

Avoid cheap knock-off chucks. You’re going to have a couple of pounds (or more) of wood mounted in it, spinning at high speed. Unless you enjoy broken noses, cracked ribs, and missing teeth, you want a good, reliable, solid mount. A heavy duty quality chuck will cost you less than the average insurance deductible, just saying (go on, ask me how I know this ;)

Above a solid, reliable grip, you want quality engineering. You want a chuck that self centers, dead on. Otherwise every time you rechuck, you’ll have a new center. That gets old real fast, it also wastes the hell out of material.

Again, quality engineering wise, you want a good variety of inter-changeable jaws. 20, 50, and 100mm jaws on a small lathe is a good start. You can add more to your turning cart as you figure out what you need. Ditch the fixed drive center that came with the lathe and get yourself a Steb drive for spindle turning. A Steb (mentioned above as “spring loaded with the cookie cutter rim) is orders of magnitude safer than a standard drive center and far more versatile. Get a live center for the tail stock. A steb drive and live center allow you to mount bowl stock in a spindle mount, quickly turn a foot or a rabbit, rough to round, and then mount the piece centered in your chuck.

Final thing, you want a chuck that is easy to operate via a T-style wrench. And easy to clean (turning is a messy business, you’re going to get dust and swarf in your equipment, plan accordingly).

You can’t go wrong with Oneway, Nova, or Penn State. If you get hooked on turning, you’ll eventually end up owning all three sooner or later anyway.

If you’re interested, click on my projects link, you’ll see some of the stuff you can do with this type of equipment.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#10 posted 07-26-2013 10:35 PM

Stonekettle thanks for info on the chucks . Iam going to by the penn state due to having 30 dollar coupon also going to by the the steb drive thanks for the help Rob .

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