View Full Version : Rotary Table Oil Resevoir - Are all of them open?

04-23-2018, 11:28 PM
I recently added a rotary table to the stable. After filling to the prescribed level (maybe a little more), I move the table to a stand and about filled my apron pockets with oil. :eek: Glad I was wearing an apron! Apparently, the reservoir is like an open bowl under the table. Are they all like this? :confused:

By the way, it's a horizontal table, not a H/V.

04-23-2018, 11:42 PM
Got a pic? I've had several vertical/horizontal tables but i can't say I've ever seen a horizontal only with an
open well...

04-23-2018, 11:57 PM
Don't have a pic but here's the link to the one I got off Ebay.


Video Man
04-24-2018, 12:13 AM
I have a PhaseII 8 inch table, which is probably pretty typical. The only oil seals are under the table on the two retaining devices that you rotate to remove the table. The table itself has no seals where it runs on the base, nor anywhere else. In mine, the oil sump is actually pretty small and does not need a large amount of oil; in fact, I suspect the oil level device is higher than it needs to be but am unsure about that. I do know that it will leak down if I fill it to the mark. Mine is an h/v and in vertical, leaks like a sieve. I've heard the same from other users of other brands, so I'm surmising this is the nature of the beast.

04-24-2018, 12:33 AM
That was the reason I got this one. It's identical to the Phase II except the $300 extra for the label they put on it. :D

Phase II link: https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/09102476

04-24-2018, 10:00 AM
If my 15" Bridgeport table is any indication they are "total loss" oil systems...;)

04-24-2018, 10:11 AM
My "no name" brand has no sump. Most of the oil you put in runs out the bottom.
I guess a hand cranked, slow moving, lightly loaded bearing dosent need much lubrication.