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DRO to vertical mill z axis

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Derek Toller 117/10/2019 16:18:14
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Hello, I have a Warco Super Major mill and would like to fit a dro to the z axis. Has anyone done this to similar vertical mills and can advise on where to mount the scale?


Derek Toller

Nick Hulme17/10/2019 22:25:43
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DRO or Digital Scale?
I used digital scales for a while, they're useful but not a patch on a DRO.

Speedy Builder518/10/2019 07:15:56
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Fitted an old digital calliper to mine. Will take a photo later.

Speedy Builder518/10/2019 07:23:05
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old mart18/10/2019 15:28:07
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I have looked on the Warco site at the current mill, and as there is so much plastic bodywork around the head that it would be difficult to add a digital scale. The scales that I have bought are intended to be vertical, so the numbers are the right way round. Arceurotade have some of these.

Robert Butler18/10/2019 19:16:47
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Dear Derek I'm working on this at the moment for my Chester Lux mill. i will make two brackets to fit top and bottom to which i will attach the magnetic strip. the reader will be attached to 8mm rod passing through two linear bearings. The rod will attach to the quill via a bracket attached to the quill. I have some poor drawings - first attempt at CAD but it may help if l can work out how to retrieve them i could email them to you over the week end. Robert Butler

John Billard 118/10/2019 20:38:47
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I have put DRO on the Z axis of my Dore Westbury mill if this is of any interest.

John B

Derek Toller 119/10/2019 09:29:32
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Thanks for all your comments so far. I bought a low cost digital scale from Machine-DRO Ltd at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition on Thursday and am still thinking about how best to mount is so any ideas would be welcome.

The Warco Super Major Vario (and similar other makes) has a similar DRO mounted on the head with the reading head inserted into the aluminium plate at the front. Something like this would suit me although I don't want to cut a hole in the plate.

Derek T

Speedy Builder519/10/2019 14:20:12
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Make a new plate ?

Spurry19/10/2019 15:57:17
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As fitted to Warco WM40.



old mart20/10/2019 14:54:16
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If you aren't prepared to do some basic modifications to your mill you might as well forget the whole thing.

ChrisB20/10/2019 19:48:54
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If you are not so keen to drilling holes into your mill (like I was) you can always bond your mounting brackets to your mill with a suitable adhesive. I installed a 3 axis on the mill and a 2 axis on the lathe without drilling a single hole in the machines.

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