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The Nova G3 chuck is the next generation smaller geared chuck.  It's an ideal chuck for Mini, Midi and smaller lathes with up to 360mm/14" diameter swing. Provides high power geared chuck option for smaller lathes.  

Manuals & Instructions
Chuck Manual
Independent Reviews
G3 chuck review (Woodturner's Resource, June 06)
Related Pages
Chuck Accessories 
NOVA Adaptors
NOVA Chuck Overview
Why buy NOVA Chuck?
SuperNova2 Chuck
Nova Precision Midi
Nova Titan Chuck

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2 Years



We only recommend the use of authentic NOVA accessories on your NOVA chucks.

Using copies or other brands and products on your NOVA chucks could lead to issues like run out, detachment or product failure. 

Doing so will invalidate the comprehensive NOVA warranty and most importantly, use of unauthorised accessories may be unsafe.


Its light weight, and with less overhang which is perfect for smaller lathe spindles. The small 1.79" body length delivers less overhang from the spindle than the larger geared Chucks - the SuperNova2 Chuck and the Nova Titan Chuck, reducing stress on smaller lathe spindles.

Note: If your lathe is less than 14” diameter swing, please have a look at the Nova Precision Midi chuck.  If your lathe has more than 14” diameter swing, please have a look at the SuperNova2 Chuck or the NOVA Titan Chuck.


Features standard on all NOVA chucks:

  • Quality Materials.
  • Precision Machining.
  • Common Accessory Jaw Fixing Profile – compatible across all NOVA chucks and accessories.
  •  High Tech Precision Composite Jaw Slides.
  • Special Woodturning Dovetail Profile on Jaws.

  • Auto Safety Stop Feature. Jaw slides can’t protrude past the chuck body.

  • Comprehensive Instructions.

  • Common Insert/Adaptor Fitting – compatible across all NOVA chucks.

  • Safe Lock Woodworm Screw. 

  • 2 Years Warranty
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Additional G3 Features & Benefits

  • Small, Compact Design. Minimises load on small spindles and bearings.

  • Precision Machined. 

  • Open back for easy cleaning.

  • Powerful Geared Grip with Tuff Lock™ Technology. Precise, hardened geared action delivers incredible smooth strength. Solid, vibration free.

  • Single Handed Operation. Chuck key has fast, positive location, easy and comfortable to use. More time spent turning and less time spent preparing.  

  • Body made from precision machined 1045 High Tensile Steel, with a polished self metal finish to allow for closer tolerances.

  • Able to take all NOVA accessories jaws. However please note: the larger accessory jaws in the NOVA chuck range are not recommended for use on the NOVA G3 Chuck.  For more information, consult your NOVA Accessory Jaw Manual, or the NOVA Accessory Webpages.
  • 2 Year Warranty.

Product Technical Specification
  • Recommended for power workholding on lathes up to 400mm/14” diameter swing.
  • Up to 350mm/14" diameter bowls using 50mm/2” Jaws (supplied with chuck)
  • Up to 50mm/2" length spigots (using 50mm/2” Jaws (supplied with chuck) 
  • Full Packaged Weight (Std) 1.4kgs/3.1lbs.

Capable of taking the entire NOVA Jaws range. (recommended smaller jaws only to fit the capacity of this smaller chuck) 

Only NOVA Chucks give you the same jaw fixing system and same insert/adaptor system across all chuck models.

This means all accessory jaws in the range fit all the chucks in the range, including older chuck models, giving you the ultimate flexibility. In buying a NOVA chuck, you can be confident that whether you want to move up or down the range, any accessories you have invested in will Fit.

Standard Equipment
  • Chuck Body & Jaw Slides (Comes fully assembled)

  • 50mm/2” Jaws

  • Safe Lock™ Woodworm Screw

  • Manual & Fastenings

  • Display/Storage Box

  • T Bar Chuck Key

  • Insert/Adaptor (some resellers may sell this separately, check with them)


Threads Covered:
  • Std Insert/Adaptor Type Chuck (Code 48202) Requires an insert to fit to lathe. Some resellers may sell this separately, check with them. For list of the Insert/Adaptors available, see HERE 

  • M33x3.5 Dedicated Threaded Chuck (Code 48215)