30 Dec New Lathe Chucks Pay Attention to the Details
Woodturners are familiar with Nova chucks and lathes from Teknatool® International. The New Zealand manufacturer has facilities in both China and the U.S. and has just introduced the new PRO-TEK series of self-centering chucks and jaws. The company says that its “powerful gearing grip delivers tremendous slide holding power, offering solid, vibration-free performance”. It has rust resistant nickel plating, which is ideal for turning green wood, and the 2” jaws have an improved dovetail and serrated profile to hold round and square blanks firmly. The jaw numbers are laser-etched for alignment, positioning and change out. The chucks have upgraded 6-point star fasteners (instead of Phillips head bolts), and this lets a turner exert more torque for better holding power, and minimal strip-out for longer life. The jaw fastening wrench has been upgraded to a T-bar handle from a hex wrench, which is easier on hands. These chucks are CNC precision machined for high tolerance and accuracy. On the high-end model, the PRO-TEK SuperNova2, the fully sealed indexing backing plate is reinforced with stranded glass fibers to protect the internal gearing from moisture and debris. The high visibility of the red plate also adds an additional safety measure. The chucks’ self-lubricating, copper-infused, precision-cast jaw slides offer effortless movement and resistance to wear and tear. The single-handed operation is very fast, and the pinion-and-ball nose hex wrench has a large, easy-to-grip handle that lets the turner tilt it at an angle – which is very handy when working with larger workpieces. There’s a rotation arrow for easy reference and fast opening and closing action, and an automatic safety stop to keep the jaw slides from protruding past the chuck body. The PRO-TEK chucks even come with a microfiber workshop towel to help keep the chuck and jaws well maintained, and a 6-year full replacement warranty that the company says is the best in the market. The G3 model of this chuck is recommended for smaller lathes up to 16”, and the SuperNova2 is designed for lathes with a swing up to 20”.
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