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    I would like to know what brand or company you guys recommend for purchasing a DRO on a vertical milling machine ( table size 10 x 54 )


  • #2
    My mill had a Newall C80 when I got it. I'm quite happy with it. There are cheaper brands out there of course.


    • #3
      Can Do Machinery, they are great and reasonable. Newall DRO's are very good.
      It's only ink and paper


      • #4
        I have had good luck with Accurite and Anilam, but I have a Mitutoyo in a box waiting to go on my Monarch. I have also heard good stuff about the Jennix units - very accurate glass scales and made in Korea. They all seem to crap out at some point, so I would suggest buying one from someone you think will be there a couple of years down the road.


        • #5
          Mike I posted a question on DRO's a few days back and got a bunch of good information. There are a lot of DRO's out there and most of them us a glass scale. Price seems to be big thing for most people. I found prices ranging from $400 to 2K for 2 axis units. I choose the Shooting Star 3 axis which uses a rack and Pinion type mechanism. Sounded more durable than glass. And the ST has a 5 year warranty and have been in around for a long time. A good old google search will produce a lot of information for you.
          Good luck in your adventure

          I would rather have tools that I never use, than not have a tool I need.
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          • #6
            480$ or 540$ for the fancier one. Both glass scales. If they break after 5 years, who cares?
            Meister DRO.



            • #7
              Anilam ,Accurite ,and Newell All very good . I prefer Anilam.
              Every Mans Work Is A Portrait of Him Self


              • #8
                Thanks everyone, I will start my search. I will research before I make the purchase. Your ideas and thoughts will certainly come in handy.



                • #9
                  You can look at my site We carry most brands at very reasonable prices.

                  Tim Barnard

                  Originally posted by clippershack
                  I would like to know what brand or company you guys recommend for purchasing a DRO on a vertical milling machine ( table size 10 x 54 )



                  • #10
                    I'll 2nd the recommendation of as a good source. I was very pleased by their service and prices. Mike was very good about answering my numerous questions, both before and after the sale.

                    I bought an Acu-Rite, but they sell all the major brands.

                    One question you need to answer is, how much accuracy do you want? I decided I wanted +/- 0.0002" resolution scales, which eliminated (at the time) many of the cheaper units that were +/- 0.0005". Since then, the cost for 0.0002" resolution scales has come down, especially if you're willing to buy the Asian scales. But, I tend to think you get what you pay for, one way or another. I'm very happy with the Acu-Rite.
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