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    New Toys for the Mini Lathe

    I finally got round to getting a chuck for the Geetech Mini lathe, it is a Vicmarc copy, made in China, by Vicmarc, I think

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    For here, it was a good price, the extra "Real" Vicmarc jaws were almost as much as the chuck Teh pin jaws and such will be used for small stuff, it is a mini lathe

    I was told that the Waterlox is a better product for bowls etc than the usual Watco, so I thought I'd give that a try too.

    Cheers!
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    Sweet Stuart.

    I just took advantage of the sale at Craft Supplies:

    Teknatool SuperNova2 ~ $169.99
    Teknatool Threaded Insert 1"-8 TPI ~ $21.99
    Set of 4 Teknatool Jaws (1", 4", Step Jaw, and 1 3/8" Spigot Jaw):
    Teknatool Bowl Jaws 1" ~ $0.00
    Teknatool Bowl Jaws 4" ~ $0.00
    Teknatool Spigot Jaws 1 3/8" ~ $0.00
    Teknatool Step Jaws ~ $0.00



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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    Sweet Stuart.

    I just took advantage of the sale at Craft Supplies:

    Teknatool SuperNova2 ~ $169.99
    Teknatool Threaded Insert 1"-8 TPI ~ $21.99
    Set of 4 Teknatool Jaws (1", 4", Step Jaw, and 1 3/8" Spigot Jaw):
    Teknatool Bowl Jaws 1" ~ $0.00
    Teknatool Bowl Jaws 4" ~ $0.00
    Teknatool Spigot Jaws 1 3/8" ~ $0.00
    Teknatool Step Jaws ~ $0.00
    Who you calling "Sweet"


    Yeah that is a good deal for sure, the G3 would have been perfect for this lathe, but, I do NOT like the "Pin" jaws on the Nova, the Vicmarc pin jaws use two screws, which means you can grip things in the center of the chuck. With the single screw type, you cannot, the jaws lift off the face of the chuck.

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    Nova Pin Jaws

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    Vicmarc Pin Jaws

    Oh, and I figured out that my Vicmarc copy is the Grizzly H6265 Chuck.......
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    it makes sense, as my Geetech mini lathe is the Grizzly G0657 lathe....

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    Well at least it is not green!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    Sweet Stuart.

    I just took advantage of the sale at Craft Supplies:

    Teknatool SuperNova2 ~ $169.99
    Teknatool Threaded Insert 1"-8 TPI ~ $21.99
    Set of 4 Teknatool Jaws (1", 4", Step Jaw, and 1 3/8" Spigot Jaw):
    Teknatool Bowl Jaws 1" ~ $0.00
    Teknatool Bowl Jaws 4" ~ $0.00
    Teknatool Spigot Jaws 1 3/8" ~ $0.00
    Teknatool Step Jaws ~ $0.00
    Frank,
    What is the big difference between the G3 and the SN2? I have the SN2 but looks like the G3 comes with the threaded insert already. I was thinking to get the G3 and save some bucks. Do they use the same key for tightening/loosening?
    Dewey

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    Dewey, I'm not Frank, but I have both chucks, the SN2 is a larger, stronger chuck, the G3 is smaller, it is still a good chuck, in fact, I'd say great chuck, but it is smaller and lighter weight.

    The "key" on the G3 is like something you would use on a drill chuck, but larger, works well!

    here is a comparo between the chucks I have (without the newest one in this thread)

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    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Dewey, I'm not Frank
    A good thing for you, you'd have to pay my bills. Thank you for answering Dewey's question.

    I will say I am in the dark about most things turning related but are learning. I have a PSI mini and Woodcraft's standard chuck, but of which are fine.

    I bought the SN2 because it gets good press and with Craft Supplies offer it looks like agood deal.

    Very interesting point Stuart about the Pin Jaws. I'll have to see if it becomes an issue.

    Thank you again Stuart!



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    Unfortunately the pin jaws for the Grizzly chuck do not take 2 screws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Unfortunately the pin jaws for the Grizzly chuck do not take 2 screws.
    Neither do the pin jaws for the NOVA, they use one. Not sure what Stu means about the one screw config preventing gripping in the center. The one screw is plenty of holding to grip the center...what did I miss?
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    Dewey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey Torres View Post
    Neither do the pin jaws for the NOVA, they use one. Not sure what Stu means about the one screw config preventing gripping in the center. The one screw is plenty of holding to grip the center...what did I miss?
    Dewey I think he means in compression mode vs. expansion mode.

    Either would allow you to hold a blank where the jaws are expanded to catch on an internally turned spigot. But the Nova jaws (with one screw) would not work in compression mode on a turned tenon. They would rotate as you tightened them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    ...But the Nova jaws (with one screw) would not work in compression mode on a turned tenon. They would rotate as you tightened them.
    I respectfully disagree. I've used my Nova pin jaws quite a bit to grip tenons on small pieces. The groves that the jaw bases seat in prevent them from rotating. I've only used them in expansion mode once. The little walnut root hollow form I recently posted is one example of a piece I held in compression mode with the Nova pin jaws. Dunno if that's what they're designed to do, but they do it.

    I agree that two screws would be better, but if a person is cranking down the chuck so tightly that it's causing the jaw to lift off the face of the chuck, then they probably need either less pressure or bigger jaws.
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