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11-05-2004, 02:45 PM
I recently finished installing the Shooting Star DRO on both my mill drill and my Grizzly G4003 lathe and thought I would share my experiences having seen questions on the machinist boards about them. Never having even used a DRO before I spent some time looking before I bought. Wow, Newall has some great DROs and a even greater price, too rich to use for a hobby. Sargon? The same problems, too much money for hobby work. I thought about cobbling up some dial indictors to use but dismissed it as to big a PITA since the maximum travel would be only 2 inches without resetting. With Shooting Star I could get a 3 axis for the mill and a two axis for the lathe for about 1350.00 total. Still a lot of money but doable. The claimed accuracy is 0.002 / foot. (Worst case scenario), according to their web site. Having received them I realized I had some questions! I was surprised when I called their 800 and a human answered (seems like you have punch 50 options most places to talk to a real person) With my questions answered I set out to install the dros being very careful and managed to get it done in a reasonable amount of time. You do not get any precise instructions however, I guess them assume you can figure it out. To be fair with all the machine configurations it would almost impossible to give precise instructions. You do have to make brackets for your machines as well as a bracket for the display unit. (I was surprised that a bracket for the displays was not included) The main thing is to get the encoder head and the rack parallel to have the best accuracy available with these units. After installing them I used a dial indicator to check the display accuracy and it was dead on in the two inch travel of my indicators. Having used them a few times now I am very pleased with them for hobby work. If I done this for a living and could write them off my taxes I would probably would have the Newall. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Am I satisfied with the Shooting Star dros? Yes I am.

Disclaimer: I have no connection with Shooting Star other than a satisfied customer. Remember also I am a hobby machinist so your mileage may vary. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Paul in NE Ohio

11-05-2004, 03:18 PM
Ich auch.

11-05-2004, 04:14 PM
What not post some pictures of the installation for those of us that might be thinking of doing the same thing?


11-05-2004, 06:15 PM
Yep. Sure would be nice to install one of those Newall's, but the shooting star is more in my price range too. The thing about .002"/foot accuracy is it still beats trying to depend on the wheel dials, but since I do have the dials it's still hard to justify $400-$500 until I start doing more work on the mill. I guess at that point I might go ahead and splurge on one of the big boys.

Congrats on the DRO. What a treat that must be to suddenly have it on both machines!

11-05-2004, 08:20 PM
Guys I did take some pictures but will need to get a photobucket account to post them.
I will try to get on that.

In the meantime you can see some others at:
Click on user photos, I refered to these alot as I was doing mine.

Yes having them on both machines is great! My wife did mention that it was my Birthday and Christmas gifts for the next five years!


Paul in NE Ohio

[This message has been edited by PHiers (edited 11-05-2004).]

11-05-2004, 09:00 PM
Ok you can see all the pictures here:


Thanks to Evan's post on photobucket.

Paul in NE Ohio

11-06-2004, 10:48 PM
Shooting Star DRO on a 10" Logan lathe, and more. I would hate to be without it now. A very good read out for the money.


Gary Davison

Don Clement
11-06-2004, 11:37 PM
I have used a three axis Shooting Star DRO on my Rockwell vertical Mill for three years now. The DRO has performed very well and well worth the money. I can't imagine a mill without a DRO now.

Don Clement
Running Springs, California

11-07-2004, 09:23 PM
Wow!! Sounds like a grerat price!!
I have a Jet #16 that is still in metric!!!
Sounds like an answer for me!!

11-11-2004, 07:26 PM
I two have purchased the shooting star dro and could not find a nicer bunch of people to do business with. It was delivered when they said and they paid freight. I kind of jumped into this thing not knowing really how to install one..they helped me everytime I called for help and took there time helping..I have no ties to shooting star but if you asked me if I would buy one again..the answer would be "In a New York minute"