View Full Version : Enco ruff casting kit

j king
02-05-2011, 11:59 AM
Well this wasnt intended to be sold as this but it ended up this way.

I bought this tilting table from Enco a few years ago. It was too cheap to bother sending back and I figured I would remachine it to make it usable.

The t-slots were so bad the table was unusable.They were crooked and undersized..worthless. So I recut the t slots and reground the top.It was bowed .009 tho. I was surprised that the scale was good!I belive I paid something like 80 bucs with free shipping so it was a cheap casting.LOL

First pic shows how far off center the slots were..http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v24/ikimjing/my%20stuff/shoppics003-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v24/ikimjing/my%20stuff/shoppics006-1.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v24/ikimjing/my%20stuff/shoppics008.jpg

here is link to the kit.lol..http://www.use-enco.com/cgi/INSRIT?PMAKA=418-4204&PMPXNO=952746&PARTPG=INLMK3

02-05-2011, 12:48 PM

Very nice massage job. I've had one for a number of years too. The tee slots are a little off on mine also. But I don't worry about that. I use a fixture plate over the top most of the time anyway. And when I don't, the angle of the slots is pretty minor to me.

The .009" bow would be a real pain in the back side though. Luckily for me, mine did come properly flat. And I have to agree, the scale is very accurate. The parts I've made with and then checked with an optical comparator have always been less than 1/4 degree off.

Every time I read a post about somebody buying ENCO's tilt table, I often feel like I won a lottery when I got mine.:D :D


02-06-2011, 08:45 PM
I find that if I view that cheap import stuff as a semi-finished kit of parts, it helps set my expectations appropriately.

02-06-2011, 10:21 PM
I bought a universal tilting vise from Wholesale tool years ago. Just as a matter of course,I did treat it like a casting kit,and re cut all the necessary surfaces on it. It was cheap. Not that much trouble to recut,compared to spending many times as much for a GOOD vise.

Those T slots do look pretty crappy!!

02-07-2011, 12:59 AM
Buying a less than perfect cheap tool does have a few nice side benefits...you get to do a little machining cleaning it up, you get to take pics of the process and make use of that digital camera you are so proud of, then you get to post them here (along with a nice little write up) and yortle and chortle and gloat about it to one and all! :D

02-07-2011, 08:53 AM
I also have the Enco "kit" mentioned in the OP - as the "trial assembly" provided by the factory technicians looks a bit cockeyed, a Spring rebuild is in the offing (assuming that eleventy-seven cubic yards of snow will have vanished by then).

02-07-2011, 12:09 PM
Nice touch up j king. There is some satisfaction to buying a cheap tool and then doing mods on it to make it nice to use.