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BobWarfield
02-03-2008, 06:53 PM
Anyone know who has a decent Chinese clone? I can't believe I need original Kurt just for a swivel base. Like to have one for my 4" and one for my 6".

Best,

BW

Bill Pace
02-03-2008, 07:12 PM
I kept patrolling ebay for a couple weeks and got a 6" clone base for my Kurt ... seems like, with frt $50-70? (a LOT better'n the real thing!). The degree marks dont jibe with the Kurt, but I can compensate for that easily enough.

That 4" 'er might be a bit difficult!!

pcarpenter
02-03-2008, 07:28 PM
I ended up finding a 6" Kurt base locally for my D60 for the bargain price of $15 after giving up on quite a few of them at about the $30 mark. I think they will ship in one of the flatter flat-rate boxes from USPS...if not freight is rather pricey.

In any case, if you were willing to spend the $50-70 Bill is talking about, I would think you could easily get the genuine article on Ebay in time. I think I have seen import vises with the base attached for around $80 or so. The 6" Kurt base is something like $200+ to go out and buy....ridiculous when you consider how many are out there sitting on shelves.

The 4" base may be a bit harder to find I would think.

Paul

lane
02-03-2008, 08:43 PM
I made a base for my 4 inch Kurt. And have one for a D 60 I don`t need it is extra plus one extra for a 5 inch Kurt.They are attainable.

lazlo
02-03-2008, 08:50 PM
The 4" bases are pretty rare, because the Kurt 4" vise is rare (or rather, so friggin expensive that no one orders them, so Kurt makes them more expensive, ... :confused: ).

I have a 6" D675 and the swivel base for it, but I rarely use the swivel base.

If you really need one, it's a pretty simple thing to make. Dura-Bar/Versa-Bar (high-tech cast iron) runs $1.70/lb, so it's probably pretty cost effective to make a little 4" base. The 6" swivel bases, on the other hand, are pretty darn heavy...

BobWarfield
02-03-2008, 08:52 PM
I made a base for my 4 inch Kurt. And have one for a D 60 I don`t need it is extra plus one extra for a 5 inch Kurt.They are attainable.

Picture of the one you made?

BW

gary55ford
02-03-2008, 09:40 PM
Bob where are you located?

lane
02-03-2008, 10:42 PM
Just for you BOB . Went out in the cold took vise apart and tool pictures
4" KURT with home made base.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w277/lane5263/4KURTvisebase001.jpg

Vise off base.
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w277/lane5263/4KURTvisebase004.jpg

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w277/lane5263/4KURTvisebase003.jpg
IT is made from large steel burn out A36 plate about 1 1/4 thick if I remember right.most is lathe work.

lazlo
02-03-2008, 11:05 PM
Beautiful job Lane. It looks like you made it in two pieces, instead of cutting the circular T-slot?

I'm assuming you're joking about going out in the cold -- it was 84 in Austin today, and you're about 4 hours away :)

BobWarfield
02-03-2008, 11:15 PM
Lane, you amazing stud!

I knew it would be prettier than the ones Kurt sells.

Thanks for shooting the piccy!

Best,

BW

lane
02-03-2008, 11:38 PM
Beautiful job Lane. It looks like you made it in two pieces, instead of cutting the circular T-slot?

I'm assuming you're joking about going out in the cold -- it was 84 in Austin today, and you're about 4 hours away :)

Yes nice and warm but damp concrete sweating. No vise is one piece machined t slot with woodruff cutter in mill . You ought to know by now I do things the hard way.

And yes Bob I scare my self some times.

Mcgyver
02-04-2008, 12:54 AM
i thought it was just me so asked here - couldn't find anyone who'd ever used the swivel feature of a swivel vice :D

BobWarfield
02-04-2008, 01:00 AM
Stepside used it over here:

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=27273&highlight=swivel+vise

Cheers,

BW

Bill Pace
02-04-2008, 09:26 AM
i thought it was just me so asked here - couldn't find anyone who'd ever used the swivel feature of a swivel vice :D

Even being as inexperienced as I am, most every thing I'd hear was "aw, you aint never gonna use a swivel" ------ THAT was before I met Lane!! I go visit Lane usually once a week for a few hrs, and almost every time I'm there, he's gonna loosen up that swivel and do some angled cut (recall that Darex copy of the point splitter? ...talk about angles!!) ---And, he'll remove and replace the vise (WITH the swivel) like you or I might change a cutter!

So, as with most everything, its what you get used to/familar with...