Multistar Duplex archive

Tuesday 13 January 2009

Colin Simpson approached this new chuck with trepidation, but need not have worried

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The first step in testing this new product was to phone Hegner UK to order the chuck. It arrived the very next day, along with two sets of jaws. I have always had excellent service from Hegner and this time

was no exception.

Initially, I was a little apprehensive as this is a collet chuck and in my early days of woodturning I recall struggling to place an elastic band around the jaws whilst still keeping them in place. However, all went well.

In use

From the moment of opening the box, I immediately felt that the chuck was extremely well manufactured and nicely finished, with all sharp edges from machining removed.

The chuck body comes complete with a 24-point indexing facility and I appreciated the clear instructions which came with diagrams showing step-by- step procedures for inserting the jaws. I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy this was and didn't experience any of the trouble I remembered from before. The ease of putting the jaws together is due to the metal 'O' ring which holds the jaws in place - something my collet chuck didn't have.

I used the chuck grips accurately and securely both in compression and expansion modes, turning a 406mm (16in) diameter platter using the DJ90 jaws on a 75mm (3in) spigot. These cleverly designed jaws not only allow the spigot sizes to be used but can also be used in expansion mode by making use of the expansion plug and ring that are supplied with the chuck.

Six different sized steel jaws are available, including an 18mm (3/4in) spigot and 25 mm (1in) recess up to 75mm (3in) spigot and 90mm (3in) recess. In addition the two largest sized jaws are machined to accept a 38mm (1 1/2in) parallel spigot. The largest jaw set - the DJ90 - also has 2 M6 threaded holes in each jaw to enable home-made extension plates to be secured to them, making for a very versatile piece of kit.

Verdict

The Duplex has dispelled my previous thoughts about collet chucks and I would be very happy to continue to use this one. Not only is it well made, easy to use, versatile and very accurate, it also comes with a two-year guarantee and therefore I believe it represents good value for money.


Woodworkers Institute

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"I believe it represents good value money"

The Numbers

Multistar Duplex Chuck
Chuck prices (inc. VAT, correct at time of publication):
3/4in x 16 tpi body and spanners: £88.24
1in x 12 tpi body and spanners: £88.24
1 1/2in x 6 tpi body and spanners: £88.24
M33 x 3.5 tpi body and spanners: £88.24
1in x 8 tpi body and spanners: £88.24
1 1/4 in x 8 tpi body and spanners: £88.24
M20 x 1.5 tpi body and spanners: £88.24
Jaw prices (inc. VAT, correct at time of publication):
DJ25 Duplex jaws - 25mm external by 18mm internal dovetail: £32.90
DJ35 Duplex jaws - 35mm external by 25mm internal dovetail: £32.90
DJ45 Duplex jaws - 45mm external by 38mm internal dovetail: £32.90
DJ55 Duplex jaws - 55mm external by 38mm internal dovetail: £28.00
DJ75 Duplex jaws - 75mm external by 65mm internal dovetail plus 38mm spigot: £36.37
DJ90 Duplex jaws - 90mm external by 75mm internal dovetail plus 38mm spigot: £39.48

Inserting the "O" ring

Contact Details

Contact: Hegner
Tel.: 01323 442440