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Hard to beat a DRO. Adding quick change tools can really show the advantages, worn lead screw or not. A big temptation, adding to a compound!
A recommendation I offer is verifying by other than combination of leadscrew-dial-DRO. On a lathe of that size, should think 4 or 5 inches with 1-2-3 blocks or comparable standard and a test indicator. Simple as laying a bar over ways and using carriage to get indicator tip 'in and out' of contact with chosen standard.
DRO's accuracy relate to attaining 2 planes of square and level travel in accordance with slide being monitored; minimizing sine error(s).
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PJs (Nov 18, 2018)
good work!! I have the stainless igagauging on my small mill, i had the igaging aluminum ones on my big mill(bridgeport) and put a std dro on it,Ill take the alumimun gauges/scales and put on my 3 year old 9x20 ...at some point, they should already be on there but somehow they arnt. I wish there was a cheep reader that read 2x for the cross slide so I didnt have to think.....sometimes thinking aint my strong suit...sometimes may be stretching it a bit...no a bit more than that..Ive still got to build a lead screw cover and way cover for the cross slide.and....yup lots of stuff I want to do...like add a 1 or 2 inch spacer under the tail stock&main spindl head thingy...I know I should of got a bigger lathe. ittle do for now.
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