Main Casting


A rotary table was the 'next big thing' for my mill, and I looked at the Shop Fox rotary table on eBay - and it looked great.  Price wasn't too bad, so I 'pulled the trigger' (hate that expression!) and got one. Then it arrived.  GAK!   What a disappointment it turned out to be!  I tried desperately to make it work, but in the end it had to go back...  Just wasn't worth the trouble. With a 4" chuck I had $400 tied up in it;  I felt sure I could do better.

Main Casting
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Retainer plate


Here you can see more of the rough machine work on this retainer plate.

Retainer plate
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Table worm gear


It is a very nice design but just poorly executed. As I get more involved with the 'off shore' products (China, Taiwan, India, etc) I find they have (sometimes) very reasonable designs, but they just don't have any quality in the manufacture of the product.
I also have a Siege SC4 lathe (the LMS variation) and when it came out of the box it looked like a used product! Not badly designed, but areas that wouldn't really cost much to 'do right' where a mess: Poor paint preparation, mis-aligned holes or poorly placed... It seems they could make killer products for the same price if they just gave a shit!

Table worm gear
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Table engravings


The engravings on the table were not filled in with any black paint. While they show up OK in this picture, on the actual table they were pretty hard to see.

Table engravings
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Spindle details


Here you can see the rough workmanship in the drive spindle. Again - the photo cleans it up a bit - but not impressive in the hand!

Spindle details
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Crank and division ring


Again, the divisions are stamped into soft AL and not filled in with black. Had a cheezy look...

Crank and division ring
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