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    Which Chuck to choose?

    I have a Craftsman Wood lathe with a 20in bowl capacity and was looking into buying a 4 jaw chuck for it. What would you reccomend?

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    I have the PSI GMC3 Mini chuck and the PSI Barracuda 4 and am very pleased with both. They both come with several sets of jaws making them super values compared to the high dollar brands.
    The Barracuda 2 seems to be a very popular chuck. Less money but less capacity as well.
    Do consider, either the B2 or B4 may cost more than your lathe is worth, depending on how old it is. But, you can also use on other lathes if you ever upgrade.
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    Where is the PSI Barracuda 4 sold? I can find the PSI Barracuda 2 and 3, but not the 4. Also, would the Supernova 2 chuck be good?

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    I have a SN2 and am very happy with it. The only chucks I have are Nova so I can't give you a comparison. Nova are good chucks IMO. But than I'm sure Oneway's are also as well as the other brands. The only comparisons I can give you is I prefer a chuck with a key verses the one wit the two rods to tighten you stock in.

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    I have heard good things about the PSI chucks, however, since I haven’t used one I won’t comment on those.

    I do have the SN2 and really like it. If I remember correctly the 50mm jaws are rated for 14” diameter and 6” deep bowls. The same chuck with the powergip jaws (100mm) are rated for bowls up to 23” diameter or hollow forms 6” diameter and 19” deep.

    There is probably a mfg. rating for the PSI chucks using various jaws also.

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    Check this out for some ideas and comments on chucks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOS2s0KNLtk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri Schreiber View Post
    Where is the PSI Barracuda 4 sold? I can find the PSI Barracuda 2 and 3, but not the 4. Also, would the Supernova 2 chuck be good?
    I bought mine from PSI.
    Also look for at Amazon.
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    PSI = Penn State Industries

    http://www.pennstateind.com/store/lathe-chucks.html

    I've got a no name one that works great sometimes and not so much others. My dad has one of these and loves his.

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    I have a supernova2 and a midi
    I like the SN2 over the midi because of the one hand key verses the tommy bars of the midi.
    http://www.teknatool.com/products/Al...ain%20Page.htm
    I would watch for them on ebay there is a guy on there that has some good deals on them and oneways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonio Martinez View Post
    Check this out for some ideas and comments on chucks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOS2s0KNLtk
    Great video!

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