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Dave C
12-06-2016, 03:37 PM
Some years ago I bid on a pallet load of material at a State surplus property auction. I needed the hydraulic control valve that was one of the items on the pallet. The pallet also contained several unopened boxes that I assumed to be other hydraulic components. To my surprise, my low bid won. When I got the loot home I got another surprise. The sealed boxes did not contain hydraulic fittings. Instead, they contained brand new Trav-A Dials. Since I had no use for them at that time, I put them in my attic with intentions of selling them on eBay at a later date. Fast forward 20 years, and they're still in the attic. Also, I now own a 13 x 40 Chinese lathe, and would like to install the Trav-A Dials on it if that is a possibility. However, I have no idea of how to go about it. I hope someone on here has done it, and will be kind enough to tell me how to proceed. One of the dials has to be intended to go on a lathe since it says Cross slide on it's face.
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QSIMDO
12-06-2016, 04:41 PM
Will this help?
http://www.southwesternindustries.com/documents/SWI/swi/Support/Documents/DRO/Procedures.pdf

flylo
12-06-2016, 06:08 PM
I need one if you want to sell one.

macona
12-06-2016, 06:17 PM
I would sell them and use that money to buy a electronic DRO. Electronic is much nicer, my 10ee came with a trav-a-dial and I dont miss it. And my guess is you will get enough out of them to buy one.

wierdscience
12-06-2016, 10:02 PM
+1 for selling them and buying a good DRO.Trav-a-dials are better than nothing,but not nearly as nice as a good DRO.

Dave C
12-07-2016, 12:30 PM
Will this help?
http://www.southwesternindustries.com/documents/SWI/swi/Support/Documents/DRO/Procedures.pdf

Thanks for the link, and yes it helps.

RWO
12-07-2016, 02:46 PM
+1 for selling them and buying a good DRO.Trav-a-dials are better than nothing,but not nearly as nice as a good DRO.

Excellent advice. There is no substitute for the convenience, accuracy and ease of use of a good multi-axis DRO on a lathe or mill. Mechanical travel indicators are for Luddites.

RWO

darylbane
12-07-2016, 04:18 PM
I need one if you want to sell one.

Same here.

Dave C
12-07-2016, 08:13 PM
I will sell them if I can get enough to buy a serviceable DRO. Pm me if you are interested.