mini wood lathe 4 jaw chuck

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Blog entry by watcher posted 12-31-2009 09:56 AM 3697 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i am looking to buy a 4 jaw chuck for my Excelsior Mini Lathe with the extension bed that i have and i have looked at some that woodcraft has and some that penn state industries have woodcraft are more expensive (oh by the way not wanting to spend much you know how it is) but i dont know anything about the quality of stuff penn state sells like this one here seems to have alot with it and looking at this one at woodcract and it doesnt have the extra stuff with it or maybe someone knows of a good one that i am not finding online. so any help would be appreciated. Byron

-- in wood working there is no need for perfection as inperfections just go to show that the project was done by hand with love and care

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 04:11 PM

I have no experience with Pen state, I do with the Wood river chuck, and the woodworm screw had a bend in it. So I returned it and got a Nova G3, I use that on my Rikon Midi, and I have a SuperNova 2 for the jet 1642, I like them very much. I will repeat a common thought to this site, You Get what you pay for. I t is simple.
Now, I have never heard anything negative about Penn State Ind. It has all been positive, so they could be the happy medium between quality and price.
Good luck

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 04:32 PM

my daughter has the pen state chuck. it is ok for the price. if i were to buy today i would get a nova or oneway

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 04:36 PM

I have the Wood River chuck. No problems with it at all. The worm screw is fine. I think Andrew just grabbed a dud…

I have been very happy with almost everything I have gotten from Penn State with the exclusion of the wooden case for my Benjamin’s Best turning tools. The tools are fine, the case sucks… But everything else I have from them is top notch…

If I were to do it over again, I would grab the PSI, you get the jumbo jaws for roughly the same money as the other chuck without the extra jaws…

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 04:46 PM

i want to thank you all so far but was wondering about this nova mini then its not a 2 or a super its just a nova mini is this one alot smaller than the other 2 i asked about i dont want to be too restrited

-- in wood working there is no need for perfection as inperfections just go to show that the project was done by hand with love and care

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 08:27 PM

I’d go with the Teknatool Nova G3. I was told that the Midi doesn’t accept threaded inserts, but he G3 does. It also uses a “T” wrench for tightening vs. two levers/bars. This makes it easier to hold your workpiece with one hand, and tighten the chuck with the other. Woodcraft has a 15% coupon good through 1/31/10 that should work on this item which brings the price down to $123.25

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