Thanks for the great deal. Nice shop BTB. I'll want to visit again when you have that CNC up and running.
So I picked up a set of IGAGING DRO scales from my CX709 from TomK and I installed them over the past week. I used only supplied hardware and still need to consolidate the wires, which might come in the form of the coolant tower (still to come, tap purchased) but my cross slide and carriage now have digital read outs.
I had an abandoned approach I show here and I need to mill out some more carriage crossslide material for an extra 1/2” of use but I can do without as the scale would contact the back splash with it. Stoked about it View attachment 8024View attachment 8025View attachment 8026View attachment 8027View attachment 8028View attachment 8029View attachment 8030View attachment 8031View attachment 8032View attachment 8033View attachment 8034View attachment 8035View attachment 8036View attachment 8037View attachment 8038View attachment 8039View attachment 8040View attachment 8041
Only need about half the reader on the bar ..... the trick is keeping the reader and bar engaged, that's how I managed mine to fit within the chip guard. Tweeting time was under an hour for that knowledge acquisitionView attachment 8218
For this install I took possession of the FR attachment points. If I somehow snag or make a FR I'll have to reposition.
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It bow's alright. I'm thinking of doubling up or tripling up on that support bracket. That scale is a good 6" longer than it needs to be so that doesn't help. I could cut it down if I wanted. An annoying thing about these scales is that the data reader takes up a good 3", so to get 6" of travel you need to mount 9" of scale.
The slickest (neatest) DRO install I have seen on a lathe to date is what @eotrfish has on his EMCO.