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I have used just about every brand of chuck out there. By far my favorite is the Vicmarc. I own 4, had 5 but took one to a turning school in Argentina, and one Nova chuck.Currently using a Nova G3. It’s good....I hate changing jaws all the time.
Who has a favorite?
I've never gotten on well with drill chuck key type wrenches, it seems that they are designed not to stay engaged.
I think the jury is still out on the Easywood chucks. Sounds like a good idea though. Might have to buy a couple just to see... I don't have much need to change jaws though.
I agree with John, and I often sand in reverse. My old lathe doesn't have a flat on the spindle for a set-screw so if I used one it might mess up the threads on the spindle. I have 1 or 2 chucks with set screws ... I removed the screws.I have vicmarc.chucks. I turn in reverse for some things and occasionally sand in reverse. I've turned up to 20 inches using my VM 100 chucks. I put the chuck on finger tight and then take the chuck key and snug it up since i started doing that I've never had the chuck come loose. No set screws needed.
Ask 10 turners and you will get 12 answers! You will get used to whatever you have. I have ten 4-jaw chucks. I started with the original Technatool (Nova) with tommy bars about 30 years ago and also have a Super Nova (with reverse tightening ). Two Oneway Strongholds and two Talons - Vicmarc 120 - Axminster Evolution SK114 - Record SC3 - and Grizzly (Vicmarc knock-off). All have different types & sizes of jaws. For most turning I mostly reach for the Oneways with the Profiled Jaws.....maybe because I've used those the longest - but they work very well.Currently using a Nova G3. It’s good....I hate changing jaws all the time.
Who has a favorite?
Thank you, I will look into the easywood option.Four Oneway Stronghold chucks here. I almost never change out jaws, but I do have all the jaw sets that were available for it about 25 years ago. I'm a big fan of the profiled jaws. These jaws, with their serrated gripping surfaces are unmatched by any other type of jaws for their gripping strength. Because they leave little indentations in twice turned bowl spigots, this feature makes it possible to perfectly match the jaws to their previous location for final turning, or preparation for mounting a waste block.
Back in the days prior to key operated chucks, all of the chucks that were available back then were operated with "tommy bars". I had a Technatool chuck and two sizes of Vicmarc chucks. The Vicmarcs are unquestionably very high precision chucks, and I might have kept these if it weren't for the tommy bars. The tommy bars required the use of a third hand, while the key operated chucks are much more user friendly. After I bought my first Stronghold key operated chuck, for convenience sake, I ended up buying three more, so that I wouldn't be continually changing jaws. These Stronghold chucks, with their profiled jaws, have been a perfect combination for me.
Now, if I were a new turner, I'd be very interested in the Easywood chuck with it's quick change jaws. However, having four Stronghold chucks overcome the the same inconveniences the Easywood chuck overcomes with the quick change jaw feature......although four of the Stronghold chucks are much more expensive than a single Easywood chuck, overall.
Yes, I also hate changing jaws on the Nova.....that’s why I’m asking!I recently bought a Easy Chuck with several jaw sets. I really like the ease of changing jaws. Built well and supports the wood well. I am having to get used to putting a dovetail on my tenons as used the Nova G3 before. I’d recommend the Easy Chuck but I’m kind of a newbie and haven’t tried a lot of different chucks. I just know I hated changing jaws on the Nova but is a breeze on the Easy.