What are the Realistic Expectations from a Chuck
I have a Grizzly knock-off of a Vicmark chuck.
I have a Talon chuck.
I have a problem removing a piece from the chuck and getting it remounted so that it is still centered.
I do mark the chuck jaw and the wood so that relationship is constant.
I do not have trouble with spindle work.
The jaws in the Grizzly seem quite loose to me; there is definitely slop. The jaws in the Talon are a small amount loose, whereas the metal lathe chucks I have had have absolutely no movement.
I take a lot of the blame here. When I purchased the chuck I was really green. I did not know a good chuck from a bad one. I should have called Grizzly. I did not call.
Glenn and I both have some excellent Grizzly tools.
Almost all of the bowls (and some other things) I turn have a foot. That foot is the tenon I use in the chuck. The Talon chuck is useless for this as the jaws masticate the tenon. The Grizzly chuck jaws fit the 15* angle of the foot perfectly so I use the Grizzly the most. The Talon chuck works great as long as you are going to saw off the tenon.
Am I fighting an un-winable battle---like trying to keep my shop dust free?
What do you do?
What chuck(s) are you having success with?
Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 11-11-2013 at 09:55 PM.
Reason: Offset bad opinion
First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.