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Igaging Magnetic Scales/DRO?

Splat

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So reading about DRO's I found out about Igaging's magnetic scale DRO system. Here's a link to them. Grizzly and Eagle America sells them and they're pretty darn cheap. I've seen a few guys give positive reviews on them. For the home shop they seem like they would be good enough (subjective, I know). Anyone using these and how do you like them? Thanks.
 

Old Iron

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I don't have them on my mill them on mu 13" South Bend They are great for the price. The mill will be next if I can figure where to put them.

My mill is a K & T Milwaukee built in Feb, 1942 It has the built in power feeds.

Paul
 

Splat

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Guys, thanks for all the info and links. Looks like a sweet deal for us home mad metalers. :biggrin: My order's on the way!
 

jocat54

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I put them on my mill (all 3 axis) and they have been a great addition makes things a lot easier sometimes. I got mine thru Amazon for about the same price but FREE shipping.

Good Luck
 

Splat

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Well, I can't believe it! They're on the big brown truck out for delivery now. Ordered yesterday morning from Grizzly and should have them today. Gee, and I had some yard work lined up for today. :thinking::biggrin:
 

AR1911

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Eagle America has the originals at a great price
Gizzly shows a much higher price, but the readout units look nicer.
 

Splat

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Grizzly and Eagle have the same ones. I called Eagle and they were out on the 12" until late May so I went with Grizzly. I needed a few other little things from Grizzly so it worked out for the better. I didn't get them installed yet. Had to go help a friend whose car broke down. Wound up hanging out and bending elbows until late. :drink: Looks like Monday I'll try to get them installed.

PS, IIRC the scales can be cut, right?
 

swatson144

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I got my 3 pcs in on Friday after noon. By Friday night I had the Z axis installed on my Jet 16 Mill/Drill. That was a very simple installation and still left me time to ponder how I was going to go about the Y axis. By Sat evening I had the Y axis shortened and done. I hope to get the X axis done today (Sunday) then I can start figuring out how I want to mount the displays.

So far I have only used the Z axis to make parts for mounting the Y axis in the dovetail for the table stops. Just as a test I made 3 blocks separately (one spare) from rough sawn 1/2 AL and 2 came out exactly the same with one .001 out. I couldn't get that using the dials on this old tired machine.


I think I'm really going to like this ghetto DRO setup.

Steve
 

Splat

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I installed the X yesterday. Works great! Now I've gotta do the Y and Z but first a call to Grizzly is in order. They need to check their returns better before re-selling them as "new". The 12" piece was obviously a return. The screw pack, the mag strip on the back of the display unit, and a bracket are missing and one bracket has a whole drilled into it! Unbelievable! :mad: I know it's not what most would consider a high-dollar item but I expect to get what I paid for. Tomorrow I'll try to get the Y axis done.
 

swatson144

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I'm sorry to hear that Splat! That'd have me so bent and twisted I'd never buy anything from them again. It is ludicrous to think that anyone would be happy with that purchase unless it was disclosed as a scratch and dent.

Steve
 

Splat

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I'm sorry to hear that Splat! That'd have me so bent and twisted I'd never buy anything from them again. It is ludicrous to think that anyone would be happy with that purchase unless it was disclosed as a scratch and dent.
Yep, that's a big "Oops!" on Grizzly's part. I'm gonna call them and request a complete, new, 12" unit with a return sticker so I can send this one back. I've heard nothing but good about Grizzly. Unless I find a nice used lathe locally I will pro'lly go with them for their 11x26. But first, we'll see what happens with this.