When I opened the new Record Power SC2 2-1/2″ Chuck I was surprised how small this chuck is. Even though it’s small, it’s quite well made. I was pleased with how smooth the chuck operated and how well it’s machined.
Usually less expensive tools are a bit sloppy, but I’m pretty impressed with this chuck. It’s made for Record’s line of lathes, so it has a 1-1/4″ 8TPI thread, the same as the bench lathe I looked at a short time ago. At first, I wasn’t sure I was a fan of the small size, but it has enough range that it would take care of most things I usually turn. I made a couple of handles and I found the chuck had a good grip on the work, even with the shallow jaws it came with. I had to drill out the center of my handles and I was able to hold my blank in the chuck and drill it out with the tailstock without the blank coming loose or wobbling. The jaws that come with this chuck are dovetailed on the outside, so they would have lots of holding power to hold a small bowl inside a recess in the base.
I quickly discovered the chuck’s small size was an advantage when working on a small piece like a handle. Without a big chuck in the way, it’s easier to access the work from all directions.
Record Power makes a range of chuck sizes, so there are lots of options. There’s one smaller than the chuck I tested, as well as several larger ones. There are also a number of different jaws available for these chucks, which make them very versatile. Stockroom Supply (StockroomSupply.com) is the sole Canadian distributer and has a wide selection of products on hand.
I had a set of domed jaws to try, and these jaws let you work on some very small pieces. The smooth shape of the jaws means I can get my hands right next to the chuck and work without worrying about getting caught by a sharp rotating edge. There are also pen jaws and pin jaws available. This chuck is also available in a 1″ 8TPI thread to fit bench top lathes not made by Record Power.