|gerry madden||16/03/2019 19:08:15|
|48 forum posts|
Does anyone happen to know if there is a standard thread for dial indicators probes ? I need to make some extension bars.
|Chris Evans 6||16/03/2019 19:14:50|
|1432 forum posts|
No standardisation, I have got away with using a "Near Enough" BA thread when making mine and not having any small metric dies. I have several dial indicators and all are different threads.
|Michael Gilligan||16/03/2019 19:16:28|
13235 forum posts
Several, I'm afraid, Gerry
Try here for starters: **LINK**
|Neil Lickfold||16/03/2019 19:40:22|
|550 forum posts|
A lot of the plunger type indicators , use M2.5 and M3 that I have seen so far. The M2.5 is 0.4mm pitch . The M3 is the standard 0.5mm pitch. I have made several for the plunger indicators. I made my extensions from 3mm and 4mm ejector pins. They are nitrided on the outside, are reasonably straight, cheap, and once through the nitrided coated the steel is not that difficult to turn or to thread cut. I start the thread by thread cutting, then use the die as a chaser to follow and make it to the final size. When I need a flat surface, I use the head end of the ejector pin. But most of extensions have either had a 2.5mm ball retained with loctite, or have been points, or a blade of some sort to get to measure or compare a feature.
I have found the threads on the plunger matches a M2.5 capscrew or M3 capscrew really well, while the tip thread is often loose and undersized by at least 0.1mm in diameter or more sometimes.
|gerry madden||16/03/2019 19:41:49|
|48 forum posts|
Thanks Michael and Chris very much for your inputs. When I read Chris's reference to 'metric dies' I suddenly remembered I have a box of small ones somewhere! Just found them and the 2.5 seems to fit 'acceptably' so just about to try with this.
|John Alexander Stewart||17/03/2019 10:35:01|
|748 forum posts|
Just a note - the link mentions M1.7, which is, IIRC, only a JIS metric standard. It's *really* close to a BA size, and my theory is that it was simply metricated way back when so that British equipment in Japan could be repaired. Yes, the thread form is different, but for many applications, it's close enough.
I also think that there's also other BA sizes mapped into odd JIS metric.
Anyway, someone may find this useful, or someone may actually come up with an equivalent chart, or...
|Neil Wyatt||17/03/2019 17:14:10|
16072 forum posts
Soime digging suggests M1.7 is not on the first,second or third preference series or the coarse and fine pitch series of ISO161. There are 1.75 and 17, but no M1.7.
Quite possibly it is intended as a substitute for 10BA as JAS suggests.
|John Purdy||18/03/2019 17:38:36|
162 forum posts
I have 5 dial indicators, 4 of which ( one US one UK and two Chinese ) have 4-48 threads, the other Chinese one has a metric thread. Not sure what the metric thread is but a 4-48 probe will screw in 3 or 4 threads, so is very close to 4-48. 4-48 seems to be the standard for american made units.
|Oily Rag||24/03/2019 17:30:07|
22 forum posts
Try a bicycle spoke! Worked for me on several occasions.
|2099 forum posts|
What was it like riding the bike afterwards?
Please login to post a reply.
Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!
You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.
Click THIS LINK for full contact details.
For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.