I was thinking about that when I was using machine the other day but I would have upgrade my DRO computer thing as it only accepts 2 axis not sure how easy it is to mix and match dro scales
My mills is a #40 taper and my draw bar is modified to used cat40 and iso40 I currently have 2 collet holders one being ER32 and other is oz25 I have a metric set of er32 and 1 - 3/4" oz collet that came with mill.Ohh.... if you have a 2 axis DRO you're golden. An independent quill DRO can be added.
You're going to need tool holders i.e. Collets. What taper is your mill spindle?
Machinists squares come in handy as well.
Watch the adverts on the Practical Machinist website, ISO and Cat stuff both move pretty fast.My mills is a #40 taper and my draw bar is modified to used cat40 and iso40 I currently have 2 collet holders one being ER32 and other is oz25 I have a metric set of er32 and 1 - 3/4" oz collet that came with mill.
So I currently have 2 tool holders total both beeing collet holders and a homemade 3/4 shaft boring head adapter for my kms boring head
Will have to look into integral straight shank stuff Imagine it's not as good for larger diameter drill bits but not sure what would slip first the chuck or the collets.Make sure the t-nuts of the clamping set are sized for your table slots.
Get a keyless chuck with an integral straight shank, so that you can quickly attach to your collet chuck. I have a #40NMTB as well, and an E40 collet chuck is attached 90% of the time. I also have an ER11 collet chuck with 5/8" straight shank, so that I can chuck that in the ER40 when I need to use small endmills, or need clearance. My drill chuck is also 5/8" shank, so again, quick tool changes. And if you plan on getting fly cutters, get them with the same shank size, (though this is for lighter use. Heavy fly cuts should be held with endmill holders with the Weldon feature).
ER collets come in metric and imperial. Though they do overlap, it's better (more accurate, and more secure) to use the appropriate system for the tooling you will use. I have both.
I've seen good some stuff pop up on marketplace and Kijiji I'm hoping to find a nice dividing head from there but I'm thinking of cheaping out on a rotary table and just buying a 4" or 6" one to get me by on some of my smaller projects as I have nothing big coming down the pipeline yet for rotary related needs just small stuff I want to put nice radiuses on lol.
I looked up those spindexers they look pretty useful for adding wrench flats in stuff and maybe light gear cutting but looks like I would need to buy extended collet holder to make use out of one.
I'm currently compiling a AliExpress order im gonna post on here to make sure I'm not buying anything too useless as not 100% sure on boring bar styles but looking at getting one with a round insert and some triangle inserts. Kinda like a roughing one and a finishing one so I don't have to do a lot of heavy honing to clean a bore up. As sunen stones can get pricey pretty quick if your chipping them up all the time.
As far as hand tools go I'm pretty well set up on that stuff I've collected some pretty good stuff over the years being a welder by trade lol. Got probly 8 dead blow and brass hammers running around and consumable wrench's coming out of the wingwang
I'm doing some digging into some.of the vise brands posted here and was gonna do some looking around Ontario see if there is anything good and cheap enough to ship this way.