Originally Posted by Jacko
I am looking at picking up a chuck. I see everything from the Bear to to the Hailey comet special. From what I see. I am sure I want one that you do not have to fiddle with Jimmy Hoffa bars. There is this guy on Ebay that is selling the Super Nova brand for something like a buck and a quarter.
You can't go wrong with the Novas or Oneway chucks. The Nova line uses adaptors which are great if you ever change lathes, just swap out the adaptor for about $25. I'm not sure if the Oneway models use them or not. Also, avoid chucks that use the bars. I have a Nova and Nova Compact, both use bars and they suck, IME. You can't easily support the work with a free hand, because you don't have one. (I can always find one bar, never the other.
) There are work arounds certainly, but if you can purchase a keyed chuck, do it. They cost a little extra, but they're worth it.
Before you purchase your chuck, check out what other models are available within a brand and if they appeal to you. Chances are you're going to be purchasing another and you want to have jaw compatibility between chuck sizes. As far as I know most, if not all jaws within the current Nova line interchange with each other. I'd bet the Oneways do also. HTH and good luck.