I'm sure the Beall collet chuck is well-made. However, in this case, I prefer CSUSA's Apprentice collet chuck. Not merely because the Apprentice version is $90 less, but because the Beall chuck requires the use of wrenches or tommy bars. The Apprentice chuck's body is knurled, making it possible to hand-tighten the collet. Beall's version is smooth, making it all-but-impossible to tighten without using the included wrenches or tommy bars.
Admittedly, this may be a bigger deal for some than for others. You can hand tighten the Beall chuck before using the wrenches to snug the collet the rest of the way. But, just as I prefer a Jacobs chuck that can be hand-tightened over one requiring a key, I prefer using the Apprentice collet chuck. YMMV.
Messages In This Thread
- Thoughts on collet chucks......