New Nova 3G chuck from SS

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Re: New Nova 3G chuck from SS

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If you are serious about getting one of these Nova chucks I'd step up to the next model. It is rare I even use my G3 since I got the Super Nova 2. The capacity is the same but the chuck body is larger and the whole chuck feels nicer. You also get the Allen type tightener that is better then the drill chuck type one on the G3. Yes the price is higher but I'd say worth it.

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Re: New Nova 3G chuck from SS

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So, I got the Nova G3 chuck from Shopsmith "on sale" in 2019. I have gotten some good use out of it so far and have no frame of reference since this was my first lathe chuck, though I do wonder if I shouldn't upgrade to the SuperNova2 or another brand chuck in the future. I just want to point out that it cost me $164.96 in Jan. 2019 (from Shopsmith). It included the 50mm jaws and the pin jaws as well as the Shopsmith threaded insert. ALSO it came in a hard plastic carrying case with fitted foam inserts to protect everything. This Nova G3 is "on sale" now at Shopsmith and NO longer comes in a plastic case but just a box according to the summary chart in the Shopsmith email and now the price is $189. So it costs 15% more now and you are getting less today. I have only seen this chuck get cheaper in the last 2 years at other retailers, not more expensive.

The Nova G3 ProTek doesn't come with the insert but does come with 50mm, 100mm and pin jaws as well as with a hard plastic carrying case for $189.99 from Shopsmith (insert is $24.99 additional). Rockler has the same package regularly priced at $189.99.
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Shown above are the differences between a Pro-Tek and ordinary G3 chuck. The tightening direction is now clockwise which is nice to have in general, and it uses star point screws instead ordinary hex cap screws. Doesn't sound like earth shattering differences to me, but I should have expected something to change since I just got one of the older G3 chucks.
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edma194 wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:14 am Shown above are the differences between a Pro-Tek and ordinary G3 chuck. The tightening direction is now clockwise which is nice to have in general, and it uses star point screws instead ordinary hex cap screws. Doesn't sound like earth shattering differences to me, but I should have expected something to change since I just got one of the older G3 chucks.
Yeah, but the nice thing with the older G3 chuck is the jaws attach with 5/32" hex screws so the Shopsmith "Toolkit" fits it and you don't need a special bit/wrench to swap jaws. The star fasteners are supposed to tighten more securely than the hex heads, but do they really???
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Re: New Nova 3G chuck from SS

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RFGuy wrote: Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:12 am So, I got the Nova G3 chuck from Shopsmith "on sale" in 2019. I have gotten some good use out of it so far and have no frame of reference since this was my first lathe chuck, though I do wonder if I shouldn't upgrade to the SuperNova2 or another brand chuck in the future. I just want to point out that it cost me $164.96 in Jan. 2019 (from Shopsmith). It included the 50mm jaws and the pin jaws as well as the Shopsmith threaded insert. ALSO it came in a hard plastic carrying case with fitted foam inserts to protect everything. This Nova G3 is "on sale" now at Shopsmith and NO longer comes in a plastic case but just a box according to the summary chart in the Shopsmith email and now the price is $189. So it costs 15% more now and you are getting less today. I have only seen this chuck get cheaper in the last 2 years at other retailers, not more expensive.

The Nova G3 ProTek doesn't come with the insert but does come with 50mm, 100mm and pin jaws as well as with a hard plastic carrying case for $189.99 from Shopsmith (insert is $24.99 additional). Rockler has the same package regularly priced at $189.99.
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FWIW, when I bought my Nova 3G from SS a few years ago (before 2019) it came in a box like the current catalog shows.
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Re: New Nova 3G chuck from SS

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The plastic case would be nice. I like cases for tools. I'll have to get something to keep all the pieces together.

BTW: I ordered the G3 chuck last fall. It arrived fairly quickly but I didn't open the package right away. When I did open it I saw the pin jaws were missing. I called Shopsmith, they told me they'd contact Teknatool directly, and 2 days later a package with the pin jaws arrived.
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Re: New Nova 3G chuck from SS

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This is what my organized chuck and jaw drawer looks like.

I will not show the other drawers but once you get into turning it is a space eater. Yes I have a need to do some revisions on my other drawers and the lathe area should be first on the list to be done but never the right time to do it, yet.
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All those oily boxes are long gone and I'm not sure a case would be much of long term solution, anyway this is how I went.

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