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Forum topic by Sawdust2012 posted 11-09-2013 03:28 PM 1228 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2013 03:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: supernova chuck lathe

I am fairly new to turning, but have a Steel City Midi for which I would like to buy a 4 jaw chuck. I have found a used Supernova STD. Any one have any idea as to what would be a reasonable price? Am I giving up anything that a newbie really needs by not going to a more recent model?

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#1 posted 11-09-2013 04:53 PM

Here’s a more recent model. I couldn’t find out what the supernova std looks like.
I do like my supernova 2 though.

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#2 posted 11-09-2013 05:52 PM

I have a SuperNova 2 also and love it. I have no idea what a used one is worth and it would also depend on what jaws come with it. For a midi lathe you might consider a mini chuck. I have one of those also and find I use it most often now that I have downsized to a midi lathe. The mini has tommy bars, which a lot of people dislike, but I find no problem with them. I really don’t know what a SuperNova STD is.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 11-09-2013 06:07 PM

The Nova Midi & G3 chucks are rated up to 12” diameter stock, plenty big enough for a midi lathe. I bought a used Nova Midi for about 1/2 the price of a new one but used ones don’t come for sale very often. What is a Nova STD? (hopefully the doc has a shot for it)

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 11-09-2013 10:17 PM

Thanks for your help. Fom what I can tell the Teknatool Supernova was a forerunner of the Supernove 2? I know thats quite a logical leap to take, but…

It seems to work just like the “2’. I am just concerned that I am missing something obvious.

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#5 posted 11-09-2013 11:59 PM

Correction, the G3 is rated to 14”. The original used a geared key like a drill chuck while 2 uses a hex head. If you buy used, make sure it comes with the accessories because if you have to buy them separately it is often about as cheap to buy new.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 01:32 AM

Sawdust: I would not recommend anything heavier than a G3 for your midi.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#7 posted 11-16-2013 12:16 AM

If you do the G3, I would get the version with spindle adaptors. Nova makes several versions and some are dedicated to specific spindle sizes. For example, they make a Delta marketed version that is 1” 8 tpi. The problem with this is that if you lathe get a larger lathe, you will have to re-buy your chuck. If you get the version with the spindle adaptor, you may pay a bit more for the two items (chuck and adapter) but you can upgrade lathes and just send $20 to $30 for a larger adapter.

I have the G3 (Delta) so I made the mistake that I am advising against.

I would also conisder a Supernova. Its not that much bigger or more expensive. It allows for use on big lathes better and uses an Allen key tightening tool. All the larger Novas, use the same Allen key. If you ever lose a G3 or Oneway key, they are $40 or more plus shipping and can only be purchased from the company. The larger Novas Allen can be replaced with a T-handle Allen key from the home center for a couple of bucks.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#8 posted 11-16-2013 02:11 PM

I recently purchased the Hurricane 4” chuck with the apprropriate insert for my lathes thread. Like justin said I think the thread insert is a good Idea if you decide to change lathes in the future.
I am very pleased with this chuck, the key is square drive and won’t cam out like my other chuck does that uses a geared key. And the price is great! in my opinion.

-- "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can" Hawk G4 ss, New Nova 16-24 DVR XP

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