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05-26-2014 02:37 AM

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I have been looking for a good beginning chuck for my lathe for quite some time now. I am in search of a good chuck that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get into! Do you guys have any suggestions for me. I am doing mostly small bowls at this point, but like anything I am looking to go bigger! Thank you for the help!

-- #makedust

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#1 posted 05-26-2014 02:44 AM

I got a three jaw chuck like you’d likely see on a metal lathe for my Craftsman. I bought it from Grizzly and they have quite a selection based on your spindle size and how fancy of a setup you’re looking for.

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 03:17 AM

bheckson—What kind of lathe do you have? What spindle size, and do you plan on keeping the lathe you have or trading up in the near future?

-- 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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#3 posted 05-26-2014 03:19 AM

I’m new to turning, so I have limited experience & knowledge.
With that said, I got the Barracuda 2, from Penn State Industries.

I like it, but have nothing to compare it to. It comes with 4 sets of jaws and is the best “bang for your buck” that I found.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 05-26-2014 04:54 AM

TheDane – I just recently bought a TriStar wood turning lathe 14’’ diameter and 39’’ base. It is 3/4 hp with 4 speeds. I believe the spindle size is 3/4’’ or at least thats what nut fit on it! For now I am going to stick with this lathe, I got it for $100 with 10 turning tools. It and the tools had never been used and sat in the mans closet for 14 years. I do plan to trade up eventually, wood turning has become sort of an addiction of mine, so some day bigger and better is in order!

DIYaholic – Thanks! Do you happen to know what size of spindle that they sit on. From what I read there is not much said if all spindles are the same size or different.

Thanks for the insights so far!

-- #makedust

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#5 posted 05-26-2014 06:11 AM

I just got started turning, as well. I bought the Barracuda CSC3000C and so far I really like it. My only complaint is, I managed to bend the threaded insert pin when attempted to turn one half of a yo-yo. I need to contact the company and see if they are willing to replace it or at least give me a price to replace it. I can tell you this, avoid the 2000C. It uses an annoying “Two bar” tightening system that requires both hands to loosen/tighten the work. The 3000C uses a single chuck key and is much easier to work with. At some point, I might upgrade to a Hurricane HTC125 chuck, but every place I have checked is out of stock right now.

-- Jason R.

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#6 posted 05-26-2014 11:15 AM

I bought my chuck from peechtree usa. It is the Ron Browns Chuck and regular price was 99.00 and they had a coupon for 30.00 off when I got mine. Works great and well worth the $69.00!

-- Coach Mancuso

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#7 posted 05-26-2014 12:47 PM

I have a JET 1442 VSK, with a 1” x 8tpi spindle.

Text from their website states:
“Works with any Mini Lathe, Midi Lathe or Full Sized Lathe.”
“Compatible Spindle Sizes: 3/4” x 16tpi, 1” x 8tpi”

Should either of the above spindle sizes not be compatible….
They list a few spindle adapters, under “accessories”.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 05-26-2014 08:03 PM

You may want to check your spindle threads make sure they are not ¾” x 10 TPI. If that is the case hope your lathe came with a faceplate or need a ¾” x 10TPI to 1’ x 8 tpi adapter before will find a chuck to fit that lathe.

If your spindle threads are ¾” x 16 TPI much easier buying a chuck.

An inexpensive thread pitch gauge will save you a lot of heart ache.

-- Bill

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