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Advantages and disadvantages of various types of lathe chucks
Chuck Advantages Disadvantages
Three jaw chuck
  • Self-centering
  • Can hold hex bar-stock
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Can't hold square bar-stock
  • Run-out/off-center can't be easily fixed
  • Can't hold irregularly shaped work
  • Can't turn off-center
Four jaw chuck
  • Work can be centered to high precision
  • Can handle square/rectangular bar
  • Can turn work off-center
  • Slightly more grip on round stock
  • Slower/fiddlier to mount work (dial-indicator required)
  • Can't hold hex-stock
Collet chuck
  • Coffee
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Milk