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slowtwitch
03-10-2007, 12:03 PM
Hi I just want to share some pics of my DRO installation, on my Enco mill/drill. I also went with the Meister 3-Axis DRO. I know, I know, it's made in China. But, I needed something that had a larger display. These old eyes ain't what they use to be. Anyway, here's a few shots......

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/IMG_4422.jpg

I used some spark plug wire separators, that I got from the junk yard, to bundle the cables.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/IMG_4426.jpg

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/IMG_4424.jpg

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/IMG_4423.jpg

I just finished cleaning up and repairing a Logan lathe and now, the more I look at these pics, the more I want to paint the mill.....maybe in a couple of months, time to machine some metal....lol

pete

slowtwitch
03-10-2007, 12:11 PM
Oh, and here is a pic of my somewhat completed shop.....

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/IMG_4421.jpg

The mill and rotary table....Ebay buy me now $125.00
The Logan 11" lathe ....Free, for helping out a neighbor.
All the tooling and DRO.....A Fortune !!!!!

pete

SGW
03-10-2007, 12:22 PM
That looks like a really solid way of doing the Y-axis brackets. Nice job!

spkrman15
03-10-2007, 12:33 PM
Nice. Good work. Is it the first time you installed and/or use a DRO?

Rob :)

slowtwitch
03-10-2007, 12:54 PM
Nice. Good work. Is it the first time you installed and/or use a DRO?

Rob :)

Hi Rob, Yes, this is my first time. I never used a DRO. I'm reading the instructions now ...lol. From just messing around with it, such as finding the center of a work piece, I like it already :D

pete

scott96088
03-10-2007, 01:37 PM
You will want one (DRO) on your logan next.
I gave my Son a Logan model 200 a few years back. He bought a carrage like your's and a import quick change tool post. His claim is it does better work than before. either way I wish he would pick up his old compound carrage cuz I'm tired of moving it and I have to move again the spring.

Scott

Alistair Hosie
03-10-2007, 03:39 PM
Nice job lookin good I hope you have many years of good fun with it God Bless Alistair

pntrbl
03-10-2007, 06:04 PM
Nice job Twitch! I'm still at the grasshopper level and I find it necessary to salute my betters every now and then. You Da Man!

Better watch out tho. I'm getting with the program! :D

SP

CCWKen
03-10-2007, 07:16 PM
Looks good Pete! I see that you're well organized too. It looks just like my shop--Everything has a place. I just can't seem to find room for that place just yet. ;)

Your Old Dog
03-10-2007, 07:17 PM
I'd give my eyeteeth for that DRO! Nice job!

DeereGuy
03-10-2007, 07:47 PM
Slowtwitch nice job on the install. I just finished up mounting my Meister BC10 3M DRO on my Enco knee mill. I had it pretty easy because my mill had a Millmate DRO mounted to it before so most of the mounting blocks were already there. I just had to come up with the mounted for the knee axis.

slowtwitch
03-11-2007, 06:17 PM
You will want one (DRO) on your logan next.
I gave my Son a Logan model 200 a few years back. He bought a carrage like your's and a import quick change tool post. His claim is it does better work than before. either way I wish he would pick up his old compound carrage cuz I'm tired of moving it and I have to move again the spring.

Scott


Hi Scott,

I'm kinda working on that now :D

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/IMG_4433.jpg

I have the glass scales, but, I don't have the readers. I already cut one to fit the cross slide. I didn't think it would work, cutting the glass and such, but I got it cut.

pete

nheng
03-11-2007, 06:52 PM
Pete, Nice job on the DRO but your shop image gave me a very important idea to ponder. I've been thinking of using some sort of stretched panels (plastic, fabric or whatever) to separate my wood and metal shops. Never gave a thought to shower curtains until now. Of course, frogs and fish would be a giveaway so I need to avoid them :) Den

slowtwitch
03-11-2007, 07:19 PM
Pete, Nice job on the DRO but your shop image gave me a very important idea to ponder. I've been thinking of using some sort of stretched panels (plastic, fabric or whatever) to separate my wood and metal shops. Never gave a thought to shower curtains until now. Of course, frogs and fish would be a giveaway so I need to avoid them :) Den

Den, the shower curtains work out great. I work with aluminum 99.9 % of the time, so hot pieces of metal aren't a concern. The shower curtain in the pic actually separates my sons workbench from my stuff.

pete

matador
03-11-2007, 07:53 PM
And here I was thinking you were one of those clean people who have a shower before going in the house:D.
Nice DRO,I'm jealous:).

slowtwitch
03-17-2007, 11:43 AM
Just wanted to update my progress with these DRO's. I liked the DRO so much on the mill, that I wanted one on the Logan. I posted earlier that I was working on it, well here is the somewhat completed setup......

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/IMG_4435.jpg

I was able to locate a reader for one scale. The scale is mounted using existing bolt holes and the T-slots....kinda like a temporary setup.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f109/slowtwitch/IMG_4437.jpg

It's pretty solid and accurate. I turned a piece of 6061 and the scale cuts matched my mic's readings :D

All in all, I'm really happy with both DRO's. It makes things so much easier, with the work that I do. If your on the border line about weather to get a DRO or not, I can emphatically say get one :D

pete