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Stephen Follows05/12/2018 14:31:54
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I have been looking at a laser centre finder that fits permanently to a pillar drill. I would like to fit one to my Warco mill but the drill one will not fit. Cannot find on that does. Has anyone fitted such a device to a mill?

Michael Gilligan05/12/2018 15:40:36
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Stephen,

May I suggest that you read this thread: **LINK**

https://www.model-engineer.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=92281

There was some very useful discussion.

Personally; I don't think that a "pillar drill" style of device would be sufficiently accurate for use on the mill ... but your requirements may differ.

MichaelG.

geoff adams05/12/2018 16:19:54
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Stephen

i have a laser center finder it has a 6 mm shank and will fit any drill chuck i use on my mill drill and cnc mills got from ebay i think it was £50.00 well worth the money

i got a tormach cnc mill about 3 months ago and it has probing on it been playing with it over the weekend can find center of a bore corner of a vice or probe two edges to set a datum at the touch of a button wish i had this back in the 80s when i was setting and programming cnc mills on more edge finders and clocks

Geoff

Stephen Follows05/12/2018 21:37:53
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Thanks for replies. Looks like the collet mounted type is the answer for decent accuracy.

Jon06/12/2018 19:41:57
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Its only as accurate as the lasers zeroed, plus theres way too much spread to pinpoint.

Theyre that good i imported a quality one from California when first came out 2002, initial trial twice and never used since. You will get a far more accuracy with mark 1 eye ball.

Phil Whitley06/12/2018 19:47:53
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1BH00OL6Q0

try this one, on the very excellent Dan Gelbarts you tube channel.

Phil

Edited By Phil Whitley on 06/12/2018 19:48:21

Michael Gilligan06/12/2018 22:42:39
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Posted by Phil Whitley on 06/12/2018 19:47:53:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1BH00OL6Q0

try this one, on the very excellent Dan Gelbarts you tube channel.

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That would be the commercial version of the one that started our discussion in 2014

... as per my post, above.

MichaelG.

bricky07/12/2018 00:34:13
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I have one and use it on the mill for setting vice jaws true.When drilling to a centre pop I use a sticky pin as I am never quite sure that the beam is centre of the pop.I find the sticky pin near enough as any drill can wander slightly and I am not a toolroom fitter and never will achieve those tolerances and I dout many do.

Frank

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