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Thread: Your experience with 6 inch Chinese rotary tables.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    I like Japanese, Yuasa. Taiwan is a second best. JR
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    I have a 10" from Grizzly and it does what I wanted, which so far has been mostly bolt/hole circles. I used it to drill 60 indexing holes in my three jaw back plate so I can index in the lathe. The fit and finish is good. The operation is smooth. The dial and Vernier are easy to read.

    I have not attempted to run any accuracy checks on it. Angular accuracy? Table flatness? Table parallel to bottom of base? Accuracy of 90 degree angle when mounted on edge? Table run out? Etc. The spec sheet that came with it claims +/- 30 second accuracy. The Vernier scale reads to 10 seconds.
    Last edited by Paul Alciatore; 08-16-2019 at 03:23 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRouche View Post
    I like Japanese, Yuasa. Taiwan is a second best. JR
    Yuasa's are made in Taiwan, if I am not mistaken.

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