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Warco mill and DRO

Fittibng DRO

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Alan Wilkinson 127/04/2017 15:54:12
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  • HI I have a Warco YMC turret mill and want to fit A dro has anybody done this and got pictures please the Y Axis is particularly trying on one side we have the handle for the knee and on the other end is the cross stop bar any ideas please.

KWIL27/04/2017 16:17:08
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Have you looked at the WARCO site where the YMC is shown with DRO?

Trevor Wright27/04/2017 16:48:35
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I have.....and it was a bit of a nightmare.

Will post some pictures shortly.


Gary Wooding27/04/2017 16:54:28
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Take a look at my post in this thread. It's the 8th one down, timed at 15:08:11

Trevor Wright27/04/2017 17:01:25
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x axis.jpgx and y axis.jpgy axis.jpg

Trevor Wright27/04/2017 17:02:21
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Note the snagged cable from the y axis where it gets caught on the oil pipe.


Alan Wilkinson 127/04/2017 17:42:08
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did you do away with the stop bar on the Y axis then

Alan Wilkinson 127/04/2017 17:49:33
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did you do away with the stop bar on the Y axis then. do not suppose you made any drawings of them??

John Hinkley27/04/2017 17:52:16
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I assume you are referring to the Warco VMC mill? If so, then , yes, I've fitted three-axis DRO scales to mine. The saga is documented in my album "Warco VMC Mill". My answer to your original question, though, is shown below:

Overall view of Y-axis set-up

The installation retains the original Y-axis travel stop arrangement, albeit mounted lower than standard. The motor control box also has to be mounted lower. Neither, I have found, is an inconvenience in day-to-day working. I have a couple of drawings of some of the mountings. If you would like a copy, PM me with your email address.



Edited By John Hinkley on 27/04/2017 17:52:50

Roger Vane28/04/2017 16:13:02
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Hi Alan

Yes - I've fitted a DRO (from Allendale) to the Y-axis of my VMC and retained a stop system at the same time. Unlike John, I chose to make a new stop bar and stops rather than use the existing one, probably because it matched the one that I fitted to the X-axis.

I've loaded a few photos into an album **LINK** which will hopefully give you some ideas. In loading the album, I noticed that I had already posted some DRO photos which you might also find helpful.

If you decide to adopt a similar approach then I have some drawings in TurboCAD format that I can send you, although if you can't read these then I can probably convert to a PDF for you - please PM me if you need these.

While you are fitting the DRO I would recommend fitting the X-axis scale to the front of the table rather than to the rear so that you can retain full Y-axis travel - I wrote an article for MEW196 showing how I did this and included stops. If you decide to do this you will need to buy a scale smaller than the standard one so as to allow the stops to be included - the article explains.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun.

Trevor Wright29/04/2017 07:20:11
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Sorry for the delay Alan, I have been distracted....

The stop bar is a bit pointless unless you have a Y axis power feed, in which case you will have to retain it.

I fitted the X axis at the rear so that I could fit the limit switch for the X axis power feed on the front.

No, I do not have any drawings, the Aluminium mountings were bent and drilled to suit.


Gary Wooding29/04/2017 10:20:56
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The (Allendale) system I fitted to the mill shown in my previous post reference had the full length X-axis scale on the front, and still retained full length stops.

Alan Wilkinson 129/04/2017 11:29:50
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Thanks for all your replies I certainly have lots of options now, Its not the easy job the sell lead me to believe and on challenging him he admitted he had never fitted one to this mill after telling me how easy it was!!!

Alan Wilkinson 101/06/2017 17:39:43
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Well finaly got up corage to have a go and it went quite easy but didnt refit the stop bar fits a lot better than it looked but some quite injeiouse brackets needed. Thanks to every one who replied.

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