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Affordable 16x60 lathe DRO

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  • Affordable 16x60 lathe DRO

    Trying to upgrade my big machine some with a DRO. I put a tpactools DRO in my mill a few years ago and it’s been great, however the longest scales he has are 38” and he can’t get longer, so he says.
    I look on DRO pros and they only go to 43 inches, better, but still not the full 60 unless I go to a magnetic scale system which bumps me up to $1500 or so.
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a affordable lathe DRO system or know where I can get a 60” scale that will fit a tpactools or DRO pros system?

  • #2
    I the same issue and figured the magnetic scale was the only viable (cost wise) option. Take care with the measurement -most "60 inch" lathes are measured center to center, and your carriage may drive beyond that. Easy to destroy a scale. On my 17x60 lathe I need about 77 inches of scale to cover reasonable use with the tail-stock off.

    A switch won't stop you from driving the carriage by hand and unless you have an overload clutch I would not put a hard stop on the bed.
    Last edited by lakeside53; 12-05-2017, 11:41 AM.


    • #3
      Define affordable?

      There are lots that will be long enough but.....................
      The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

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      Southwestern Ontario. Canada


      • #4
        Newall has their DP500 lathe set-up on sale here: for less than $1400. Carriage travel Spherosyn scale can be up to 80" long. The Microsyn cross slide scale is very easy to mount and needs only one end supported.