Time for a Dro, need some help

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I've bought from DRO pros, great service but about 3 or 4 years latter was having trouble and was told the head was obsolete so they couldn't repair it. Bought my next one from Aliexpress, came courier quite quickly, works great, same quality as DRO's Wouldn't hesitate to buy another

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So far, I think TPAC is a good choice. I bought one.

I went this route for my lathe: https://www.tpactools.com/2-AXIS-LATHE-DRO-DIGITAL-READOUT-_p_22.html

I like the metal case of the display. Got to make your own mounts to fit, but it does come with some flat bar and some mounting hardware to use. I guess you have to make the mounts on all of them? Not bad for $375 and its from a US seller, so it ships out fast. I think mine came FedEx ground in just a few days.
 

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So far, I think TPAC is a good choice. I bought one.

I went this route for my lathe: https://www.tpactools.com/2-AXIS-LATHE-DRO-DIGITAL-READOUT-_p_22.html

I like the metal case of the display. Got to make your own mounts to fit, but it does come with some flat bar and some mounting hardware to use. I guess you have to make the mounts on all of them? Not bad for $375 and its from a US seller, so it ships out fast. I think mine came FedEx ground in just a few days.
I don't know about the lathe DROs, since I've never bought/installed one. But the mill DROs I bought did come with all the mounting your need for the display/main unit. They also come with mounting pieces, like straight flat bar and angle pieces of aluminum, but you may still have to or want to make your own or customize the ones you get with the kit.

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For your first DRO I would go with DroPros, once you know what you are doing and what to expect, you will have a better experience with the unknown outfits. I have installed about a dozen DROs and DroPros was always less drama. A bad installation will almost always cause difficulties over time.
 

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touchDRO with the glass scales?

under $400 if you have a tablet to use it with. Graphic interface to store cut profiles.

TouchDRO lathe turning profile video
This not CNC you crank away, just a graphic profile to follow.
Much easier for me vs just the digits, which it has as well.
Works for milling also.
 
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Ditron D80 from China. 3 axis, 7” LCD, lathe mode with tool library. You can not go wrong with it.

If you have a vario lathe then you can order the version with RPM sensor input.


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So far, I think TPAC is a good choice. I bought one.

I went this route for my lathe: https://www.tpactools.com/2-AXIS-LATHE-DRO-DIGITAL-READOUT-_p_22.html

I like the metal case of the display. Got to make your own mounts to fit, but it does come with some flat bar and some mounting hardware to use. I guess you have to make the mounts on all of them? Not bad for $375 and its from a US seller, so it ships out fast. I think mine came FedEx ground in just a few days.
What a pain in the ass to install..... but it’s amazing how much more accurate it is now. No more adding in backlash.
 

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