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Old 09-24-2017, 10:26 PM   #11
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Thank all for comments on cheap DRO's. I've decided to hang off for a while and concentrate on schooling myself up on some simple projects using the dials.
I'm still a newbie and later when I get a bit more confident with milling I will look into DRO's.
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Old 09-26-2017, 10:39 AM   #12
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Thank all for comments on cheap DRO's. I've decided to hang off for a while and concentrate on schooling myself up on some simple projects using the dials.
I'm still a newbie and later when I get a bit more confident with milling I will look into DRO's.
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Back to Hare and Forbes for a moment. I saw some nice Ditron scales in their glass cabinets so I grabbed some Ditron gear from Alibaba for my AL-320g and I reckon they are very good quality for the money.Much nice than what I ut on my Mill.


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Old 09-26-2017, 06:55 PM   #13
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While you are using the dials, an inexpensive way to increase precision is with the usage of dial indicators with magnetic backs. I use both a 1" travel and a 2" travel. Some creative positioning may be required, just keep the stem as close to parallel or perpendicular to the work.
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I also like the Ditron gear but we don't have a Hare and Forbes in Adelaide and they won't ship.
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According to their website they do ship orders around Australia and can ship overseas . Look under the FAQ section / freight charges
They won't post it but send via registered and insured courier .
Cost of shipping could and probably is expensive .
You may have to order online or call the head office here in Sydney to organise it .
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:24 AM   #16
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I think you guys missed the point. You can buy direct from Ditron. They ship by DHL. Back in 2014, The freight was USD 119 and the total cost landed to Australia was USD $370 for a 2 axis, 1 micron kit with a slimline scale for my AL320-G. At todays exchange rate, that will still be under $500 which is less than Hare and Forbes price for a 2 axis Digital readout alone!
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I got one of these. Think the scales are glass. It's working exceptionally well. I'm new to this hobby, but I immediately became addicted to the use of it. I can make thing as accurate I want. In conjunction with an online bolt pattern calculator, making holes around a cylinder is really easy. I have fitted only two of the axsis. Haven't figured out how to attach the Z-axis yet. The "scale" is pretty big. Think I paid $ 200 for it.
The mill actually had holes readily bored for the sensor on the table.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:42 AM   #18
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Hi Rudy,

I can't see your photographs. The picture insert says "upgrade your account - photobucket" or something similar. I don't use photobucket other than looking at other peoples posted photo's, does that msg mean I need to use photobucket or do you need to do something?

I don't mean to hijack the thread because I'm interested in upgrading my Hercus lathe and mill to DRO's.

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I don't use photobucket other than looking at other peoples posted photo's, does that msg mean I need to use photobucket or do you need to do something?
Photobucket have changed their policies and now require huge fees from people to post their images on 3rd party sites such as this forum, so there is nothing you can do to see these images. Most posters are now using different providers or uploading direct to the forum itself and no longer using photobucket at all.
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delete the images and reupload direct to this site if you have the images
in your device,if not take new photos and uplaod direct.FORGET PHOTOBUCKET


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