|Item Weight||9.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.2 x 5 x 5.2 inches|
|Item model number||CSC2000C|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||2 year limited warranty|
PSI CSC2000C Barracuda Wood Lathe Chuck System
|Price:||$139.95 & FREE Shipping. Details|
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- Includes four(4) self-centering Jaw sets to hold Round and Square Stock for turning, pre-threaded for 1" x 8 tpi, and has an adapter for 3/4" x 16 tpi Spindles
- Includes #1 Step Jaws- for dowels: 1/32" to 1-1/2", holes: 11/16"to 3-1/8"
- Includes #2 Round Jaws, for dowels:1-1/2" to 2-7/8", holes: 2" to 3-1/2"
- Includes #3 Round Jaws, external grip 3-1/16" - 4-1/2"
- Includes Pin jaws which hold inside holes 1" - 2-1/2", and a screw chuck
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This lever operated and powerful self-centering workhorse is the charter member of the Barracuda family. You will be impressed by this chuck's rich chrome-plating, smooth action and powerful grip. Comes with a wide variety of accessories (including 4 sets of jaws), and will mount any project onto your lathe. Ideal for bowls, spindles, small projects and much more. Fits all "C" series accessories, a 3.5" diameter, 1" x 8tpi, weight is just 3.5lbs and comes with its own case. No wonder it is a perennial customer favorite! Includes; #1 jaws, #2 jaws, #3 jaws, 1" pin jaws, a Screw Chuck Adapter, 3/4" x 16tpi spindle adapter, and a carrying case.
Top customer reviews
The replacement screws are metric M5x0.8x12mm OVAL HEAD or FLAT HEAD. I keep seeing recommendations to use US 10x32 Pan Head machine screws instead. No, no, no.
DO NOT USE 10-32 screws!!! They seem to fit, but not really. 32 tpi = a pitch of 0.794 mm. That is close enough to 0.80 that a 10-32 screw will go in for the first half dozen threads or so before it binds up. which is why some people have recommended them. HOWEVER, an M5x0.80 screw is 4.85mm in outside diameter, and a 10-32 screw is only 4.65mm. That means that if you use a 10-32 screw in the chuck's M5x0.80 tapped hole, only the outer third of each thread will engage into the chuck body, significantly increasing the chance that the screw will fail and possibly cause a catastrophe. That sloppiness is the main reason a 10-32 screw will fit in the first place; note that a M5x0.80 screw is too big to fit into a 10-32 nut.
DO NOT USE pan head. If you look at the jaws, they are both counterbored and countersunk for the original slanted-bottom set screws. Either flat head or oval head will seat correctly, but pan head will just sit on top of the countersink with no contact to the jaw body except at the screw's rim, making it much easier for one to work loose. Pan head also might not recess below the level of the jaw, which could make a difference when your work is chucked.
It isn't as if metric M5x0.80 machine screws are hard to find. My local American big-box home supply store (Lowe's) has them in many lengths, oval, flat, pan, and hex head, at a horrific price of two for 80 cents. Go for the oval head, mainly because they are Phillips, whereas the flat head are slotted. (I assume anyone who owns a lathe also owns a #2 Phillips screwdriver.) They weren't stocked in 12mm length, so I bought 16mm. The chuck body isn't tapped quite that deep, so I had to spend one minute apiece grinding two or three mm off of each screw. (Tip -- invest in a package of M5x0.8 nuts, too, and thread one on the screw before you grind or saw off the end. Then backing off the nut will automatically "de-burr" the thread.)
BTW, the hex wrench for the original screws, which some people also seem to think is a custom, impossible-to-find Chinese plot to rule the world, is a standard 3mm hex (Allen) wrench, available most anywhere, even in the non-metric USA. In an emergency, you could SLIGHTLY file down a 1/8" Allen wrench to fit. (A 7/64" wrench is too small; it'll round off.)
It has cut my turning time in at least a third! I consider that to be a lot of saved time. I want to be turning wood and producing artwork at a rate that is productive from a selling standpoint, and still produce a great piece. This system has allowed me to do that!
*Note: I am new to wood-turning, BUT, I am not new to lathes and chuck systems! 23 years in metal industry*
With the above stated line, I wanted to say how impressed I was with the quality of the actual chuck that holds the MANY jaws that go on it. It is not a low-end chuck that you have to worry about falling apart or jamming on you from repeated use. The tools that come with it are sufficient to tighten the work on the chuck. The tightening tools have not bent on me either. The entire system seems to have been built with the best quality in mind.
Another thing I noticed right away upon opening the kit, was that there were slots in the kit carrying case that were empty! No, nothing was missing form the kit, the company just made a very smart move in my opinion, by providing more slots for others jaws and accessories that you can buy for the system so that as/if you expand the system you have a place for the new accessories!
After getting the system and using it (I have had it for about 2 months now) extensively, I cannot understand how they can sell it at the price it is! It is what I consider to be a steal! So, if you are looking for a great chuck system at an even greater value, this is it!
I've had no issues with the screws, except two are now stripped (the hexagonal hole on top, not the threads), so just be careful about over-tightening (tighten very firmly, then stop - I've never had the jaws loosen doing this), and when they start to strip, don't use them anymore so they don't get stuck. I still have plenty of screws left for now...
Performance wise, it's a great chuck, and I do recommend it, though I suppose it'll eventually need replaced because of the holes where the tightening levers go?
I like the three jaws it comes with, I've used them all, and haven't needed any others.
It's not as fast to change as a quick-release chuck, but it's not a quick-release chuck. :) That's not a problem though, because you can spin the wrench between your fingers before tightening.