As others have said, you really are comparing the Corolla against the Benz!
You have to decide three questions:
What are you going to be turning (size and form)?
Are you in this turning game for the long haul?
How much can your budget stand?
Good turning can be done with both chucks.
Good turning can also be done with faceplates and glue blocks. Some will
more stable turning base is found with using the faceplate. Using the
faceplate can require a bit more effort
to turn and shape the base, and on larger items the extra effort is worth
If you buy the Super Nova you have money left over for maybe a new grinding
wheel, 60 grit from Norton,
or maybe a .5" super fluted bowl gouge from any of the major manufacturers.
If you stayed with faceplates, you have a whole lot more money to use for
other turning items.
Frankly, the Talon chuck is a mighty fine chuck too, as are others
Jon Schilling, Ridgefield, Wa.
> George -
> I own a Stronghold. Use it on a Jet mini quite often, have used it on my
> Sears clunker (my first lathe) and now also use it on a standard size
> Delta. Have also used it for demonstrating on Powermatic and ShopSmith
> lathes. Wonderful chuck. Well made, versatile, excellent choice. With
> different inserts ($18 ea) you can go from one spindle size to another
> no compromise in accuracy or usefulness.
> I've also used the Supernova for Woodcraft store demos on Nova lathes. It
> clearly not as user friendly as the Stronghold, plus it's tolerances were
> not as good, thus there were problems with runout and vibration, most
> noticeable when working on the fit for Raffan-style boxes.
> I've not used a Vicmarc. But of the two I discussed, go Stronghold if you
> buy at all.