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Rotary Table or Dividing Head???

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  • Rotary Table or Dividing Head???

    Both are on sale right now from Enco and include free UPS shipping

    8" Horizontal RT= 174

    7 7/8" DH= 244

    The Div. Head comes with tailstock and dividing plates.

    Most common divisions would be 4 and 5
    (making holes 90آ° apart and 72آ° apart)

    I'm guessing that I'd probebly want one of each, but I can only afford one right now.


  • #2
    Notice that a dividing head and a horizontal rotary table each address a different axis. I'd opt for a horizontal/vertical rotary table, I think, if I had to get just one thing.

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    • #3
      if you're only doing holes on a face of a diameter or plate then I would (and have) learn trig a lot cheeper then a rotary table and easier and faster to work with.
      but if you have to put holes in a part around the circumference then you need a dividing head or rotary table.
      I have a rotary table but only use it for cutting the odd ball radius, never to dial off holes
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      • #4
        The dividing head is handier for things like cutting gears or making custom tools. But you can use a tailstock with a horzontal/vertical table to do the same thing - it just is more inconvienient and more work. A table is handy for large jobs, like spoking a flywheel, or making slotted faceplates, drilling bolt circles, etc..

        It depends on what you plan on doing with it. Buy a table and then make a dividing head with it!


        • #5
          Anyone here made the little dividing head in Phillip Duclos' "Shop Wisdom" book? Cuter'n a bug's ear! It's another of those projects I'd like to try one of these days. (when I save up enough roundtoits' )
          Lynn (Huntsville, AL)


          • #6
            I made it several years ago. Have made a few gears with it and a set if indexing plates for a larger dividing head.
            Have it on display on windowsill.
            Jim H.


            • #7

              I almost snagged a genuine Emco 4" (with all the goodies) for my Maximat 7, but some mean person paid $300 for it.

              They made a hydraulic tracer for my Maximat 7, but I have never seen one yet. (That would be fun!)


              • #8
                evilBay has a bunch of 4" rotary tables in the 70 to 80 dollar range....

                I think I'm going to hold out for an 8" H/V rotary table with all the goodies. Once Enco has another free shipping deal I might get it.

                Right now they are only doing UPS sized packages for free and the frieght for a R/T would be 76.00 right now via truck...too much !!!


                • #9
                  Our UPS driver said they raised the upper weight limit to 150 lb. Maybe this will help with the shipping cost.