These chucks have four advantages over 3-jaw chucks.
- They can be used to hold irregularly shaped parts
- They can be used to center parts with a great deal of accuracy
- 4-jaw chucks can be used to deliberately hold a part off-center
- They can clamp stock tighter
This is a valuable asset when machining cams, crankshafts, and similar parts. The main disadvantage of the 4-jaw independent chuck is that the jaws must be set individually, adding considerable setup time. The jaws are reversible to accommodate larger stock.
NOTE: The independent chucks don’t have Tommy bar holes like the scroll chucks because most people use the 5/32″ hex wrench into one of the jaw screws to thread the chuck on and off. Our P/N 3020 5/32″ Hex T-Driver works perfectly.
Like the Sherline 3-jaw chucks, the 4-jaw chucks can clamp either externally or internally. Although we recommend the 3-jaw chuck for standard lathe projects, the 4-jaw chuck is considered the accessory that could add the most versatility to your machine. If you feel the 4-jaw chuck would be more useful, and you have no need for the 3-jaw chuck, any lathe “A” package can be ordered with the 4-jaw chuck substituted for the 3-jaw upon request. A clamping groove allows the chuck to hold parts for milling.
Chucks for Sherline and Other Lathes
The chuck is available in several spindle threads for use on Sherline (3/4-16) and other machines, such as old Unimat lathes (12 mm x 1 mm and 14 mm x 1 mm) or Sears 6″ lathes (1/2-20).
*Please note that chucks with a thread size other than 3/4″ x 16 are made to order and have a lead time of 5-7 business days.
- For those who have jobs where speed and ease of use are more important than maximum accuracy and want a chuck that is loose right from the start (No extra charge).
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- Soft (not hardened or machined) steel jaws are also available when you build your own chuck.