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  • lane
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    Same here I prefer a Trav A dial.

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  • oldtiffie
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    I've never felt the need for a DRO on a/my lathe.

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  • Rich Carlstedt
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    Absolutely !
    Even if it is not a "new lathe"

    What I find is that diameters are good, but part length control is awesome.
    Try parting of 10 pieces and holding length within .001 without a DRO and see how much time is spent ?

    The greatest time saver on an engine lathe is a QCTP
    Next is power feed.
    Then comes DRO's

    Rich

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  • EVguru
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    Adding a Sinpo DRO to my Harrsion was a great move. I paid extra for a 1 micron cross-slide scale because I thought I might not be able to find room for it and if not I could use it on my cylindrical grinder.

    With the upgrade it cost £300 including delivery.

    I ended up using a magnetic strip encoder which made for a very compact installation; http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/thr...tic-DRO-scale?

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  • bborr01
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    Absolutely. You will not regret it for a minute.

    Brian

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  • ikdor
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    I don't have a mill, but I'm pretty sure the same goes for the lathe. I know I'm a lot quicker since I put mine on and spend a lot less time messing with my calipers. If money is an issue grab one of the SINO or SINPO kits from ebay for under $300.

    Igor

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  • Boucher
    started a topic Digital Readout for the Lathe

    Digital Readout for the Lathe

    I would never again be without a DRO on my mill but I have never used one on a lathe. If you were outfitting a new lathe would you spend $700-$800 for a digital readout?
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