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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas

    new Barracuda 4 chuck

    I received my new Barracuda 4 chuck yesterday and unpacked today. Also ordered the jumbo jaws. Both are impressive pieces of equipment and heavy. The chuck was nicely packed in a wood presentation box and both items were well protected with rust preventative. Oddly, the 'T' handle for the wrench has rust on the 'chrome'. Not fatal but just not pretty. The chuck operates very smoothly and I'm sure I will like the one-handed operation of the T wrench. My mini-chuck is a tommy bar arrangement which I find only mildly inconvenient.
    Major disappointment. I had a brain blip when ordering. My lathe has a 1 1/4"X8 TPI spindle. The catalog description clearly states the chuck accepts a 1 1/2"X8 spindle and they offer adapters. I failed to get an adapter. That is costing me a delay and about $8.00 additional shipping.
    I wanted to show it mounted with an in-progress bowl but that will have to wait.
    As you can see, it comes with four sets of jaws and a hefty screw drive that chuck mounts. This saves having to change things. Just start with the screw, remove later and use the jaws. The Jumbo jaws, of course, will be used for reversing in final steps on bottom of a bowl. The description for the Jumbos says it will hold an 8" bowl. But 8" is the measurement inside the rubber grips when closed. I'm sure it will hold much larger when opened. I'll post an update on this later.
    When the adapter arrives, I'll have about $250.00 invested in this. I recently sold two of my favorite pistols. The funds from those sales are being used to acquire much wanted tools and a little fun.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails B4 in box.jpg   B 4 out of box.jpg  

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Congrats Frank! I know you've been looking at this for quite awhile. Look forward to seeing a pick with a bowl blank attached.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Awesome, Frank!
    I just know you're going to have a great time with your new toys.
    Oops, I mean tools.
    Why has common sense
    become so uncommon?

    My Woodwork Site

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Congrats, Frank. I know you've been waiting a long time for this one, but I'm sure you'll enjoy having it.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Congrats Frank. It will be worth the wait.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

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