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I’ve been turning pens for couple of weeks now and want to try and tackle small bowls and boxes. From what I’ve seen on youtube I need to get a chuck. Anyone have any suggestions? I want a good one but don’t want to break the bank either. Thanks.

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#1 posted 131 days ago

I got a Nova G3 Chuck late last year… only used it three times so far.. so not enough to give a review, but I am happy with the simplicity and grips really well for my simple needs… Woodcraft had it on sale with all the bell and whistle attachments… except the adapter. (I have a Jet mini lathe) .. which they do not tell you.

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#2 posted 131 days ago

Craft Supplies, i.e., in Provo, UT, is the place to get your chucks + anything else you could ever need. Plus, the Nova chucks come with an insert for your particular lathe – not like the other places where the inserts are extra.

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#3 posted 131 days ago

bcramer—I have two of the Nova G3 chucks (I have a Delta 46-460 and Nova makes a chuck with 1” x 8tpi that gits the Delta … no adapters required).

I get a lot of use out of these chucks, and couldn’t be happier with them. If you shop around, you can find them in the $125 to $140 range.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 131 days ago

I have a Nova Midi and like it just fine but when I get around to buying another chuck it’d be a G3 for a midi lathe or Hurricane (I’ve read awesome things about them).

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#5 posted 131 days ago

I have the Nova G3,had to buy the 1×8tpi insert for my Grizzly 0658 lathe…I like it alot,takes only one hand to tighten your workpiece,holds well…Bought at Woodcraft on sale for $140.00 ish…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#6 posted 131 days ago

Peachtree usa I bought a ron brown chuck and I love it . I bought it at the woodworking show in Tampa for 30.00 off coupon final price 69.00. Great buy and great chuck. They did not tell me about getting a insert and so I called them the following Monday and they sent me one at no charge for the part or shipping. Creat company

-- Coach Mancuso

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#7 posted 131 days ago

I was in a similar boat as you and ended up w/ the supernova2 because it was on sale. I’ve been extremely happy with it.

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#8 posted 131 days ago

I got a Supernova2 on the recommendation of a very skilled turner. It was on sale at Woodcraft. So far, so good.

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#9 posted 131 days ago

I love my supernova 2, whichever chuck you decide on make sure it has changeable adapters so if you get a different or another lathe you can just buy the adapter instead of having to buy another chuck

-- If we can't fix it, It ain't broke

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#10 posted 131 days ago

I have a couple Nova chucks and am very happy with them. If you have a small lathe the Nova Mini is a good chuck for it. I use it more than the Super Nova 2. There are others just as good and some will argue better. Just, please do not invest your money is some cheap off brand knock-off, been there, done that! Oneway also makes good chucks.

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

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#11 posted 129 days ago

I love my Nova G3 chuck and use it all the time making pens, medallions, spindles and other smaller stuff. I have made a couple of platters, but no bowls yet. My next purchase may be a set of pen jaws. The G3 is upgradable to Nova’s new quick change jaws, too, which is very tempting.

Add my recommendation for this chuck to the rest.


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#12 posted 129 days ago

Thanks for all the suggestions. Looks like the Nova G3 is the way to go. It has been ordered.

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#13 posted 128 days ago

Dont buy the WoodRiver 4 jaw chuck. You will be unsatisfied.

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#14 posted 121 days ago

What about the pennstate chucks. I have not seen anyone mention those. As I had been looking at them.

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#15 posted 121 days ago

JKMDETAIL—I have one of PSI’s ‘Utility’ chucks (the one that uses tommy bars). It is OK, but I rarely use it as I prefer the Nova chucks with the key. The PSI utility chuck is a good buy if you don’t mind the tommy bars to tighten the jaws.

I took a class a couple of years ago where the machines were equipped with the 3” Barracuda chucks … seemed to be fine also but I only used them for a few days.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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