The Benefits of Using a Tilting Rotary Table
A tilting or turning table is a common piece of equipment found in a variety of different woodworking shops. These pieces of equipment allow workers to perform a number of different tasks, including boring out dovetail joints and joining pieces of wood together. They also allow workers to perform fine tasks such as turning small pieces of wood. Because a tilting or turning table allows for a variety of different motions to be made, they are commonly found in shop class I and II woodworks where speed and complexity of operation are at a minimum. To fully mimic a turning table where the workpiece is able to be milled while moving the table sideways so that it can be moved in either direction, it would be possible to use two rotating turntables connected by a third angle plate.
In most cases it is not required that the tilting or turning table must be fully machined while moving in either direction. In some cases a simple counterweight on the bottom of the table could suffice to provide the necessary force to keep the piece stationary. In other cases, the wood work to be manipulated must be perfectly level or a machine should be used to level the piece before setting the table tilted vertically. In most cases, however, manual operations such as rotating or moving a piece of wood are more common than with machines. This is especially true with large pieces that involve a great deal of movement.
Most vertical tilting tables feature two positions: lateral position and vertical. The former allows the user to be positioned closer to the bench top, allowing for easier manipulation. The latter position does not place any restrictions on the height of the user, however. Machines are often more limited in range of motion, which limits how far they can rotate vertically. This is why many saw makers prefer to use a horizontal tilting rotary table rather than vertical ones, because it allows them to cover larger surfaces with only a few moves of the platform.
Many saw manufacturers make a wide variety of vertical tilt tilting rotary tables. These vary widely in terms of quality and features. Most common tilt tilting tables feature a sliding or fixed chain between the table legs and the base. This feature provides an easy method for users to move the table closer or further from their work surface without having to worry about chain resistance.
A commonly overlooked aspect of these machines is the angle plate, which often receives less attention than the chain or the base. The angle plate is actually located at the very bottom of the unit and connects the chain to the base. Most tilting rotary tables feature a non-mounted angle plate, which makes them very convenient. However, it can lead to poor maneuverability if one’s hands are improperly set upon the table. For this reason, some manufacturers include a non-mounted angle plate on their products. Others place an optional angle plate between the table legs as an option.
Another key advantage of using a tilting rotary table is that the mechanism automatically shifts the weight of the work piece towards the source of power when it tilts. This movement occurs without human intervention, as the mechanism automatically rotates the workpiece away from the user. This movement occurs automatically and completely avoids any possible unintended shifts or movements while the table is in use. By avoiding these problems and movements, a tilting rotary table allows users to have a smooth and controlled operation of their machinery.