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    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.
    Last edited by Dave C; 12-06-2016, 04:23 PM. Reason: Added photo
    “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

    Lewis Grizzard

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    Will this help?
    http://www.southwesternindustries.co...Procedures.pdf
    Len

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    • #3
      I need one if you want to sell one.

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      • #4
        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.

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        • #5
          +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.
          I just need one more tool,just one!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by QSIMDO View Post
            Thanks for the link, and yes it helps.
            “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

            Lewis Grizzard

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            • #7
              Originally posted by wierdscience View Post
              +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

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              • #8
                Originally posted by flylo View Post
                I need one if you want to sell one.
                Same here.

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                • #9
                  I will sell them if I can get enough to buy a serviceable DRO. Pm me if you are interested.
                  “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

                  Lewis Grizzard

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