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A Little Bit About Chucks:
A lathe chuck is typically used to hold a rotating work piece (such as a bar or blank).
Some chucks can also hold irregularly shaped objects (ones that lack radial symmetry) and in some applications, the tool or work piece being held by the chuck remains stationary while another tool or work piece rotates. We have added a few examples of GATOR® and AUTOGRIP® chucks, however the catalogs are expansive , filled with every solution in holding you might need. We look forward to assisting you in your workholding needs!
A self-centering chuck, also known as a scroll chuck, self centers around the work piece. The term universal (Gator PS series) or precision (Gator PO series) also refers to this type of chuck.
With an independent (Gator PI and PEI series chuck, each jaw can be moved independently. They most often have four jaws. The independence of the jaws makes these chucks ideal for gripping non-circular cross sections and gripping circular cross sections with extreme precision (when the last few hundredths of a millimeter, or thousandths of an inch of run out must be manually eliminated).
The non-self-centering action of the independent jaws makes centering highly controllable (for an experienced user), but at the expense of speed and ease. Four-jaw chucks are almost never used for tool holding.
Four-jaw independent chucks can be found on lathes, grinders, rotary tables and indexing heads and typically are produced with Cast Iron, Cast Steel or Forged Steel materials.