Updated September 28, 2019 by Will Rhoda

The 7 Best Lathe Chucks

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in August of 2019. A good lathe is an essential fixture in any fine woodworking shop, but the machine's only as good as the chuck it's turning. Quality offerings in this category are precisely engineered to mitigate runout, and designed to clamp down on tenons with their internal jaws, or expand against recesses with their external counterparts. Our rankings feature some of the best models on the market. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best lathe chuck on Amazon.

7. Wen LA4444

6. Woodstock D4054

5. Nova 71047 G3

4. PSI Woodworking Barracuda CSC3000C

3. Hurricane Turning Tools HTC125

2. Oneway Manufacturing TPI Talon

1. Easy Wood Tools C1000

Editor's Notes

September 20, 2019:

A good lathe is an essential fixture in any fine woodworking shop, but the machine's only as good as the chuck it's turning. Quality offerings in this category are precisely engineered to mitigate runout, and designed to clamp down on tenons with their internal jaws or expand against recesses with their external counterparts. Our rankings feature some of the best models on the market.

A few things to consider as you shop:

Price. Not just of the chuck, but also of the jaws that are compatible with it. A good chuck can last for years, and during that time there’s a good chance that you’ll want to expand your horizons into a new set (or, more likely, a few new sets) of jaws. Do a bit of research and see what you’re getting into.

How often will you be changing jaws? If you're the kind of carpenter who switches up often, there’s a couple strategies that you might want to consider, to minimize costs and hassles: Firstly, consider an inexpensive option, and buy a separate chuck for every set of jaws you own. Or, secondly, invest in a single (though, albeit, pricier) chuck – such as the Easy Wood Tools C1000 – that incorporates quick-changing technology, and make sure that all the jaws you purchase are compatible with it.

Is that an open- or closed-back offering? While a closed-back design makes the most sense to me, especially while working in such a dust-prone environment, there are others who insist that open-back chucks merely need to be blown out from time to time, and allow for easy access during regular gear oiling.


Will Rhoda
Last updated on September 28, 2019 by Will Rhoda

After deciding that the pen was mightier than the pliers, Canadian electrical contractor William Rhoda abandoned his career and headed back to college, where he majored in marketing and advertising and won a scholarship along the way to earning a diploma in creative communications. His past career landed him a depth of knowledge in tools and hardware, while his current career schooled him in audio, video and camera equipment. During his leisure time, he’s learned lots about outdoor gear, and years of tiresome backyard maintenance have taught him all about pools and hot tubs. His recreational pursuits include rest, relaxation and revolutionary action, and his roommate’s a hairless cat.


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