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Mixed Feelings 12/19/2013
This review is from: Pivot And Tilt Adjustable Overbed Table Tray
Pricing is excellent and much of the workmanship is good but the unit is spoiled by some very poor design choices which could easily be improved.
As you would imagine I have mixed feelings about this table. It does the job and at a price far, far lower than other units of this type.
The mechanism for tilting the vertical arm could use some simple but important improvements.
1. The release for tilting is made with a screw in bolt which may exert too much pressure on the mating plate. The cone shaped end means that fitting does not need to be all that accurate, but if you tighten too much it presses agains the plate, possibly bending it. By machining to a more precise fit this would not happen because the end of the bolt would fit just right.
A far better design would be a spring loaded release which many well designed adjustable mechanisms use. Instead of having to rotate a knob multiple times, you simply pull back, adjust the tilt and let go to lock in the new position. The spring loading would not thus permit overtightening the screw bolt which may bend and distort the adjustment plate.
2 The tilt mechanism plate has only 2 holes for changing the angle of the vertical bar. This is not enough, one position is exactly perpendicular (90 degs), and the other is 45 degs plus. I really would like a setting in between, and there is plenty of room for another hole which would enable this. Of course I could drill a hole, but I would have to disassemble it first. An extra hole would be simple to drill during the manufacturing process.
I purchased this via NeweggFlash but they do not have the option of posting reviews. My adjustable table arrived with the lowest plastic tilt adjustments knobs broken off and in 3 pieces. The bolt is way to tight to turn without the plastic knob, so I had to use pliers to adjust the tilt for use. I've e-mailed the seller to request a replacement part since it does not make sense to send the entire heavy package back. I will update this review, if I can, to review vendor support.
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