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Forum topic by Rick Bailey posted 12-07-2014 01:55 AM 1107 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Bailey

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12-07-2014 01:55 AM

It seen like a good deal for some one starting out.
Your thoughts?
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CUG3418CCX.html

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TheDane

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#1 posted 12-07-2014 03:33 AM

I have one of these … bought it 3+ years ago. It is a good chuck and I think it is an excellent value. The only downside to it IMHO is that it uses tommy bars instead of a key. That makes it a little awkward when chucking larger/heavier blanks. I use it occasionally, but now my primary chuck is a Nova G3.

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Rick Bailey

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 03:50 AM

TheDane,
I don’t think it will work with my Grizzly lathe mine is a 1 tpi 12 shaft I think.
I look at so many today it’s all a blur.
Do you have any pics of your set up? Rick

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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TheDane

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 03:58 AM

The PSI utility chuck is 1” x 8 tpi. I have a Delta and don’t know anything about Grizzly lathes.

-- 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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Rick M

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#4 posted 12-07-2014 04:09 AM

Rick if your lathe is 1×12 you’ll need one of these adapters.
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/LAG1218.html

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PaulGrodz

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 09:22 AM

Rick,
I have used this chuck before when I was teaching turning classes at a local shop. I would caution against buying this chuck and go for something that has a key to tighten the jaws. This chuck uses two pins, that you rotate in opposite directions to manipulate the jaws. Over time, it was harder to get sufficient leverage with the pins, and when I was turning off balance pieces, the vibration occasionally caused the chuck to loosen just a bit, and made for several kinetic experiments (and many more colorful words).

If you’re going to invest in a chuck, try their barracuda 4, it’s a little bit more, but I use one now, and after 3 years of use, I still have had no issues.

Here are links to two recommendations:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/NOVA-G3-Wood-Turning-Chuck-Insert-Type-48202/204488281?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cBase&gclid=CLOk1r3Ns8ICFcnm7Aod6GgANg&gclsrc=aw.ds

http://www.pennstateind.com/store/CSC3000C.html

Hope this helps.
-Paul

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Wildwood

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#6 posted 12-07-2014 12:13 PM

Why not buy this chuck?
http://www.grizzly.com/products/4-Jaw-Wood-Chuck-1-x-12-TPI/H6266

Unlike others here have no problem with tommy bar chucks, especially on mini-midi lathes. This key chuck would be a better op for your lathe.

-- Bill

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Sawdust2012

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#7 posted 12-07-2014 12:14 PM

Paul is right. The PennState chuck is a perfectly useful chuck. I have used one myself for a couple of years. The G3 is superior. After you pay freight on the PSI chuck, the difference in price is negligable. In my 20/20 hindsight, I’d go with the G3 without hesitation.

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Wildwood

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#8 posted 12-07-2014 02:46 PM

If OP goes with PSI chuck family will need to buy a spindle adapter. Not a big fan of spindle adapters may or may not have run out problems.

Did see the price of 1” x 8 TPI insert at Home Depot, but not a 1” x 12 TPI insert. Would not order from Home Depot on line would go to the store and ask them to order the proper insert. NOVA has and sells a 1”x 12 TPI insert. Not all vendors carry that 1” x 12 TPI insert!

Doing a quick search found Woodcraft list the G3 for $109.99 +23.99 for correct insert. Could not get a final cost because shopping cart not working for me. Not uncommon to find G3 on sale for $99 couple times a year. Price on inserts varies from vendor to vendor.

With Grizzly’s 3 1/2” Vicmarc clone, & right insert only cost $131 delivered.

-- Bill

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LeeMills

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#9 posted 12-07-2014 03:30 PM

Can’t say if the PSI is a good chuck or not as I have never used one. I used a tommy bar type to start with and it was not a problem. Most have the holes off set; just rotate it and there will be a location to use the bars with one hand. I normally started between centers or with a faceplate and I simply hand tighten the blank on the chuck before even putting the chuck on the lathe.

It is a good price at WC for the G3, just make SURE you order a Teknatool insert (it comes in a red box). WC makes their own inserts also and can cause a lot of problems.
I do not know what shipping would be, and at least for me another $10 in sales tax.

It is also available on the bay from a Canadian seller for $138 all inclusive with your choice of an oem insert.

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Bill White

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#10 posted 12-07-2014 03:40 PM

The Vicmark clone that Wildwood Bill posted is on my Grizz lathe. It is a good chuck for the money.
It is available in a 1” X 12 tpi configuration.
Bill

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Rick Bailey

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#11 posted 01-08-2015 08:58 PM



Why not buy this chuck?
http://www.grizzly.com/products/4-Jaw-Wood-Chuck-1-x-12-TPI/H6266

Unlike others here have no problem with tommy bar chucks, especially on mini-midi lathes. This key chuck would be a better op for your lathe.

- Wildwood

Update:

I took Wildwoods advice, went with the Grizzy G6266.

Found one on Amazon for $41.52 :-0
That let me buy a bunch of other toys I need.
Thanks for all the input.
Rick

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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