Penn State Barracuda2 4-Jaw Chuck

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
5.0
out of 5
Brand:
Penn State Industries
Model:
#CSC3000C
Price:
$180

Description

Complete Lathe Chuck system includes:
1. Chuck Body
2. #1 Step Jaws
3. #2 Round Jaws
4. #3 Round Jaws
5. Pin Jaws
6. Screw Chuck
7. Headstock adapter
8. "T" handled Jaw tightening key
9. "T" handled Allen wrench
10. Blow molded carrying case

* Type: Key Operated, "C" Style
* Compatible Spindle Sizes: 3/4" x 16 TPI, 1" x 8 TPI
* Included Jaws: Pin, #1, #2, #3, Screw Chuck

WOOD magazine review

Four-jaw lathe chuck with 5-star value

Review Summary

The multiple work-holding options provided by a four-jaw lathe chuck (sometimes called a scroll chuck) make many turning operations so much easier than using a faceplate. Once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it. Four-jaw chucks always have been pricey, though, especially when you add the extra jaws to make it really versatile.
Thumbing through the Penn State Industries catalog, however, I stumbled onto a bargain I thought had to be too good to be true: a fully accessorized four-jaw chuck, called “Barracuda2,” for only $190. I ordered one to check it out, and the news is good. You get: A nicely machined chuck body threaded for a 1" × 8tpi (threads per inch) spindle with a 3/4" × 16tpi adapter, operated by a very positive and easy-to-use square-drive T-handle wrench. Four sets of jaws that hold objects from 3/32" to 4-1/8" diameter in external-grip mode, and from 11/16" to 4-7/8" diameter in internal-grip mode. A substantial screw center; a T-handle hex wrench for the jaw-mounting screws; a handy case that keeps it all together. Getting a lot of parts for a little money doesn’t mean much if the chuck doesn’t perform well, but that’s not the case with the Barracuda2. I used this chuck extensively for more than six months, turning several vessels up to 11" in diameter and three small tapered display pedestals. Every time I used it, the Barracuda2 held the workpiece securely, and I felt both comfortable and confident while turning with it. For bowl turners, there’s an extra bonus. Two different sets of flat jaws for gripping bowls by the rim also are available: one with a capacity up to 5" diameter, and another up to 8". Bottom line: For less than the cost of most other chucks with one set of jaws and a screw center, you get a really great little chuck, including all the accessory jaws you’ll likely ever need. If you turn stuff larger than 12" in diameter, you should go with one of the more hi-fi chucks on the market. But for most of us occasional turners, the buck stops here. —Tested by Jan Svec

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Great value

Review Summary

Prior to buying this chuck I did some research to see what was out there. I could not find a lot of reviews on the Barracuda 2. It was fairly new at the time and I just couldn't pass up the price. The pictures looked like it was just as well constructed as the competition. When I got mine, I couldn't have been more happier. It has performed flawlessly. The fit and finish is excellent. I love the plastic case to keep everything organized. The jaws are easy to change.
I keep finding more and more uses for this chuck. I have no experience with the other chucks and as of right now I have no reason to look for a different one. This is a excellent chuck at a very reasonable price. I would definitely buy it again but I don't think I will have to because it is built very well and should last me a lifetime.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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