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    In the Sept. Oct. issue of HSM on page 22, Bison has an ad for a 6" Rotary Table. Since it's new to market I am looking for any feed back from those brave enough to lay down $550 for one. I need one that size and like my Bison 3 jaw on my Sharpe 13-40. But a little nudge from a happy new user of this tool would be good.
    Thanks Guys Jim Hopkins
    James Hopkins

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    I can't speak for the NEW Bison Rotary Table, but I own a BISON super spacer. It is very well built, solid, accurate and repeatable. I also have numerous Bison chucks that are top notch considering their price compared to a Japanese or USA made.

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    I Have Got A 6 1/4 Bison Chuck That I Have Used A Lot And It Is Excellent. I Bet Their Rotary Table Is Good Too. About 5 Years Ago I Bought A 6” Rotary Table - Made In Taiwan . I Was Getting Tiered Of Manhandling The My 10 Inch One . I Made A Tail Stock And Mounted A Three Jaw Chuck For The 6 “ Vertex And Have Used It For Cutting Gears And Splines. And Have Used It For Contour And Many Odd Projects . It Has Worked Perfectly And Cost Only About $200. Richar

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    Everything of Bison that I've seen has been good value for the money. A friend bought one of their rotary tables several years ago -- an 8", I think -- and it was very good.
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    I've got their D1-4 5C collet chuck and it it's avery nice tool indeed. It had no runout measured in the tapered bore with a test indicator.

    I always look at all their products at the New England Brass & Tool display at the Cabin Fever Expo every year, and it's all really well made looking stuff.

    http://www.brassandtool.com/

    Seem to be pretty competitive on price and they're the "little guys" so I'll give them a nod. I must confess though, that I got mine when it was on sale in Enco Hot Deals with free freight.

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    I think their stuff will be good but is it better than the vertex which offers very good value it seems for the money.Alistair
    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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    I can't speak for the new Bison 6" Rotary Table, but every Bison product that I have seen, used, or owned are nice. I haven't heard of any others locally (hobby/light work) regretting their "investments" in Bison tooling. Perhaps not as grand as the ol'merican stuff once was, but it is a few giant steps above the "Chinese cheapies". I would "risk" the purchase from a reputable vendor.
    Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there no sweeter words than "I told you so."

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    Wink bison is good tools

    Bison makes real good stuff. Not Cushmam , or Buck But very good tools for the money You cant go wrong.

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    At work I have 12 & 16" steel body Bison chucks,two pipe centers #3 & #6mt and a few live centers,the chucks repeat and replacement wear parts are readily availible.

    I also have had TOS chucks and centers that cost almost as much,they suck IMHO.
    I just need one more tool,just one!

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    Thanks to all who offered input on Bison tools. I will place the order for that Turntable Tues.
    Best wishes, Jim Hopkins
    James Hopkins

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