Results 1 to 10 of 20

Thread: Your experience with 6 inch Chinese rotary tables.

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    4,373

    Default Your experience with 6 inch Chinese rotary tables.

    Recommend or No?
    looking for something for work for those one off jobs.
    I mostly work in tool steel and stainless.
    Thanks guys.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kansas City area
    Posts
    5,703

    Default

    My first vote would be Vertex, made in Taiwan (ROC). I have an 8 inch one, and it's very good quality. Second would be Phase II. They seem to be the best of the cheap Chinese tools, from my experience. I have various Phase II tools, but no rotary table.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Posts
    4,006

    Default

    Mine is still in the box, looks decent though. I might put a stepper on it and make a control interface. My main goal is to use it for making gears.
    I bought it before I went on my anti China kick. From what I've seen, Taiwan is considerably better for everything.

    Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Southwestern Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    5,517

    Default

    I have an 8" table and it is fine for what I do. If you run an indicator all over it check centre alignment against rotational alignment etc. then you might be run up against the Chinese quality wall. Overall the rotation is smooth without noticeable backlash. Stephan Gotteswinter (you Tube) did a video on improving his Chinese made table and shows the plus's and minus's of them. He can be a bit over the top on accuracy and your needs may vary. They are your only choice unless you can find a good old iron table kicking around. Be aware that the old 'Merican ones where not always perfect either.
    The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

    Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Live Oak, TEXAS
    Posts
    1,838

    Default

    I have this model:
    Grizzly-4-Rotary-Table-w-Indexing H5940
    It's been GREAT! I use it with a 4" chuck mounted to the faceplate, and I've used it for Gear cutting, milling shafts, hexes, etc.
    I've never had any negative issues with it.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2015
    Location
    Chilliwack, BC, Canada
    Posts
    5,649

    Default

    Another vote for Taiwan made options. I've got a 6" "Yiyen" by Tzu Yen Industries. I got it around 20 to 25 years ago and it's been a great performer for the couple of dozen times I've had it up on the mill.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    992

    Default

    I have an 8" table (from Taiwan I think) and have always been happy with it, except when carrying it around the shop. I'd have to check the brand, don't remember at the moment and hate to give bad info.

    Some tables are only intended to lay flat, and some can be used flat or on end. I do recommend spending the extra $$ for the type that can work on end, even though most of the time you'll probably use it flat.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Posts
    4,006

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by loose nut View Post
    I have an 8" table and it is fine for what I do. If you run an indicator all over it check centre alignment against rotational alignment etc. then you might be run up against the Chinese quality wall. Overall the rotation is smooth without noticeable backlash. Stephan Gotteswinter (you Tube) did a video on improving his Chinese made table and shows the plus's and minus's of them. He can be a bit over the top on accuracy and your needs may vary. They are your only choice unless you can find a good old iron table kicking around. Be aware that the old 'Merican ones where not always perfect either.
    With the Youtubers that go into great lengths to ensure accuracy, I've found my own skills have exponentially increased by mimicking what they do. I'm going to go find his video and watch it.

    Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Metro Detroit
    Posts
    308

    Default

    My first rotab was a Wholesale Tool 6 inch. I was turning a 12 inch wheel center (had to weld it up to make it 12.25 dia) on the rotab with a large roughing endmill in the spindle while rotating the rotab (my lathe swing dia is 12.2 inches w/o locally grinding a divot into the lathe bed (partially into the tailstock way) - not that the tailstock would ever be that close to the chuck - I just did not want to be that much of a hack so I used the mill and rotab). I ended up shearing teeth on the ring gear in the rotab. Had I used a less aggressive cut, maybe roughed in the shape with a hand grinder before machining the rotab probably would have survived. Finished turning the wheel center at work during my lunch time (with the blessing of the guys in the machine/fab shop) on a 20 inch swing lathe - I've never operated a lathe that big and the pucker facter was high!

    Now I have a PhaseII 6 inch rotab but have not had need to abuse it like I did the Wholesale Tool rotab. I still have the damaged rotab - figured I might make some sort of a tool out of it someday (4 yrs later still have not figured out what I might use it for).

    For my needs an 8 inch rotab would probably be more durable but with a 6 inch 3-jaw attached to the 6 inch rotab, its at the weight limit that I can comfortably lift.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Posts
    5

    Default

    I have a 6" Phase II and am very happy with it. I did go to the trouble of stripping and cleaning of all the shipping grease or whatever and then filled it with a good, can't remember what, lubricant. Makes the world of difference.
    If you get new it probably will not have the oil in it so be sure to check. Come to think, even if you get used, same applies.

    Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •