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

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.


geoff adams05/12/2018 16:19:54
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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


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


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:

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


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

... as per my post, above.


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.


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