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    Who would recommend the Nova G3 chuck

    I would like to buy a new chuck for my 12" swing lathe. Woodcraft has the Nove G3 on sale for $149.00 which they say is 1/2 off reg price. Does anyone here use this chuck and would you recommend it?
    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/208...l-Package.aspx

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    I have a G3 and a Supernova 2. Both are great chucks, and I use them pretty much interchangeably. I would be jumping on the G3 sale (which includes a variety of jaws) right now if I had the money. I heartily recommend it, and that's a great price for all the pieces you get.
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    I'm a little confused. While looking at the item on Woodcrafts website they show the inserts for this chuck. (at $23.00 kind of pricey I think)
    They list a 1"-8tpi RH thread and a 1"-8tpi RH&LH thread. Doesent everyone use a RH thread only????? What am I missing?

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    My understanding is that the RH/LH designation indicates there is a set screw on the insert to lock the chuck onto the spindle for turning in reverse. I don't remember which lathe you have, but if it has reverse capabilities, I'd suggest the RH/LH insert.

    That said, I can't remember the last time I actually locked my chuck onto the spindle. I do sand in reverse, but I'm doing it lightly and slowly enough that I've not had any problems with the chuck unscrewing while the lathe is running. If I was actually cutting with the lathe in reverse, I'd be sure to lock it.

    And you're right...the inserts are a bit pricey. You can also buy non-Nova inserts for the Nova chucks for a bit less, but I've read of several people having problems with them, so I'd pay the price for the real thing. Apparently the copies are not made to as tight of tolerances as the Nova inserts.
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    Thanks Vaughn. I have a older Rockwell 46-450 lathe. It does not have reverse so that does indeed answer that for me. I just noticed on their site they have free shipping on $25.00 or more..... so I guess that in itself will pay for the insert.
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    Evenin' Tom.

    I agree with Vaughn.

    Good chuck, GREAT price.

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    I must agree with everything that Vaughn says about the G3 chuck, I have one and I love it, great little chuck!
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    Thanks everyone. I placed my order.
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