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  • Did I waste my money?

    I bid on, and bought a Rotary table on Ebay today. It's not like any other I have seen, but then I'm very new to these kind of things. Would you take a look and tell me if ????????
    I'm hoping that the hex nut turns the table. It was cheap and so am I, so maybe it and I will get along. Any thoughts or advice?


    I would rather have tools that I never use, than not have a tool I need.
    Oregon Coast

  • #2
    Lugnut I don't THINK that nut is for turning the table. Maybe for locking the table to keep if from turning. I could be wrong and hope I am.
    Don\'t ask me to do a dam thing, I\'m retired.


    • #3
      It's not really a Rotary Table--It's a degree turn table. The hex nut is probably part of the locking mechanism. It looks shop made. I almost bid on it too but looked closer at the pictures. The T-slots are mighty small too.

      Waste? Maybe not. You can use it to index your vise or something. I wouldn't count on it being too accurate though.


      • #4
        Looks like a self made one, nut is probably a lock down device. I think you turn the table by hand power. if you don't require a high degree of accuracy you will get along. I have a 4" sherline cnc rotatry table.
        Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
        I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
        All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only


        • #5
          I've found that normally you get what you pay for or less.

          CCW, where are you, I'm in leander.



          • #6
            Lytle, TX. About 25 miles SW of San Antonio. 3.5 miles off IH-35.

            "The Sticks" as they call it in the big city.


            • #7
              CCW, you really are DEEP in the heart. If you ever get up to north Austin,
              give me s shout, we could tip a cold ome or two.



              • #8
                5 degrees per division isn't very fine and I agree with the others that the Hex nut is probably a locking device but still for the money I think it is a steal. The low profile and size makes it a likely canidate for lots of jobs. You did good in my opinion.


                • #9
                  Thanks for the input guys. Now I have to make something from what ever it is! Will let you know when I receive it. I’ll bet that there is a way to make it do what I need. I don’t know what real close tolerances are, so that shouldn’t be a problem. If I can machine an arc or space some holes in a circle, I’ll be happy.
                  Thanks again for the input

                  I would rather have tools that I never use, than not have a tool I need.
                  Oregon Coast


                  • #10
                    I agree with Steve, hell of a deal and will be useful. Some people think if it's not made in a factory; Chinese or otherwise, it's worthless, not true. It could have been made by a very particular and precise machinist who takes pride in his craftsmanship. I would have bought it for that price.


                    • #11
                      If it does not "crank" I wouldn't cut arcs,It could go for a ride.

                      At least I wouldn't.

                      I hope the hex has a rack behind it that would be cool for you,I cant Imagine how long it took to make, but the marks took some time.


                      • #12
                        I keep seeing one of those "reprints" of an article available on ebay that is about making an indexer (not rotary table) from a mill vise swivel base. I now have a vise base that does not fit my vise that I intend to do the same for. I think that may be the sort of thing you got.

                        The up side to the vise base is that it has marks every degree as I recall which is a little better. Still, with no accurate way to index the plate or chuck on top (ie indexing plates) it will only be as accurate as the eyeball factor used to line up marks....which is probably good enough in most cases.

                        Sure wish RT's were cheaper than they are, but one can argue that even the import models are a bargain given the moving parts and machining involved.

                        Paul Carpenter
                        Mapleton, IL


                        • #13
                          The nut is almost certainly a lock.

                          But, that does not make the table useless. it still will do anything a full table will do other than cranking it around or setting by cranking the handle.

                          You can interpolate the degrees, and may not be much farther off than by setting the "eyeball" way.

                          A really good idea might be to make a new index marker.

                          On the new one, you cut a vernier scale to set degrees. That would get you degree divisions without having to cut them all around the table. You'd only have to cut 6 marks.

                          Keep eye on ball.
                          Hashim Khan


                          • #14
                            I am curious as to how tight the table is to the base when it is loose enough to turn.

                            With a bar on it to turn it, you could mill circles or arcs. But if it lifted when you tried to make a round slot, that would not be good.

                            We of course, need to see it's guts.
                            Last edited by topct; 05-11-2006, 07:08 PM.


                            • #15
                              That item was listed as a "Rotary Table", and if there is no crank that controls the rotation I would say it was misrepresented. If you really wanted a rotary table and it really isn't one I'd contact the seller and tell them that the item was misrepresented and you cannot complete the transaction, and that when he relists it he should more correctly describe it.

                              Unless you really want the thing as is.

                              Good luck-

                              Paul T.