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    Hey Guys

    I'm unpacking the boxes and getting ready to install a 2 axis DRO on my Leblond 13" and was wondering if the collective genius of HSM would help me out with some dos and don'ts of DRO installs and some pics of the really great clever ideas that my fellow HSMs have used that worked out really great


  • #2
    That job is coming up for me too. No solutions to offer, just wanted to add to the request!

    metalmagpie

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    • #3
      Originally posted by metalmagpie View Post
      That job is coming up for me too. No solutions to offer, just wanted to add to the request!

      metalmagpie

      You would think some of these guys would be dying to show off a little of their handy work

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      • #4
        Mine is a little different install for home.i have my dro attached to the carriage so it is where you are working not at the headstock . Works for me.


        I did some extra work to get the scale and cover in as far as possible.i milled a flat on the radius of the compound where the scale mounts so gained prob 1/4 inch and cleared the scale cover to get everything as tight as possible. I think I only lost something like 3/8 between the tail stock and carriage from pre dro condition.

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        • #5
          Do you have a taper attachment Joe?

          Big differences

          Rich
          Green Bay, WI

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          • #6
            Originally posted by j king View Post
            Mine is a little different install for home.i have my dro attached to the carriage so it is where you are working not at the headstock . Works for me.

            Ya - I like it - and no oil from the Head Stock slinging all over your DRO as well




            Originally posted by j king View Post
            I did some extra work to get the scale and cover in as far as possible.i milled a flat on the radius of the compound where the scale mounts so gained prob 1/4 inch and cleared the scale cover to get everything as tight as possible. I think I only lost something like 3/8 between the tail stock and carriage from pre dro condition.

            I especially like the nice clean arraignment of your cables leaving the carriage - she is clean

            and the work light mounted to the top of the post ain't too shabby neither - good job

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            • #7
              Hi, this is where I mounted the scale on my 12x36 lathe. There is just enough room under the cross slide where the scale is anchored to the feed screw nut and the reader unit is fixed to a bracket on the rear of the saddle.

              It has been under there for a couple of years and there has never been any problems with it.

              DRO in cross slide by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rich Carlstedt View Post
                Do you have a taper attachment Joe?

                Big differences

                Rich

                Sorry I missed your post earlier Rich, - Yes I do have the Tapper Attachment on my Leblond and that is what I am looking at now trying to figure out the best way around it

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                • #9
                  Here are some pics of my Clausing 5900 when I was installing the scales on it.

                  It took a lot of careful aligning and planning as the machine wasn't pre drilled for scales.

                  I had to make a drill jig that would clamp to the bed rails so I could accurately drill into the bed.

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                  • #10
                    Mounting height of the scale was important also as I had to make sure that I could remove the saddle clamp bolts with out removing the scale.


                    I thought I had some pictures of the micro scale that I mounted on the cross slide. Guess not, but that had to be drilled out as well. I had to make brackets for mounting the reader heads on both scales.

                    JL.................

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                    • #11
                      Here is a picture of the cross slide scale.

                      JL...............

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                      • #12
                        Here's an installation on a Monarch 12" CK. The socket head cap screw in the first two pictures is the hard stop for the tailstock.







                        Harry

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                        • #13
                          Nice install JoeLee

                          and I really like your idea of the alignment fixture. My Leblond has a chip pan under the taper attachment that follows the end of the taper attachment. Getting around that is what I'm trying to work out now

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                          • #14
                            JoeFin, thanks........... it took me some time to do all this. In the previous pictures the cable is shown exiting on the head stock side. I later switched the cable around inside the reader head so it would exit the tail stock side of the saddle, and I also put the reader head drop down bracket on tail stock side of the saddle, therefore having to move the scale closer to the tail stock. I did all this thinking and laying out before I drilled into the bed and saddle. This allowed for the reader head to be to the right of the tool post or cross slide center so the chips that fall through the angled oval holes in the bed didn't back up behind the reader head.
                            Hope these ideas will help the OP.

                            JL................

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                            • #15
                              I didn't want to fit the X scale on the right side of the carriage, as it interfered too much with the tail stock, so I put it on the left hand side.
                              The hardware is custom though based on a magnetic strip, so it's only to add to the ideas.



                              Igor
                              Last edited by ikdor; 08-10-2014, 04:59 PM.

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