VERTICAL DRO

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  1. Apr 11, 2008 #1

    doubleboost

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    Hi
    I was shopping with the wife today after work (not my favorite job )
    The supermarket we sometimes use (netto) has a section selling crappy tools , i got my eye on some 6inch digital verniers ,the price was £8.99 i opened one up expecting to see plastic to my suprise they are stainless with a spare battery.
    I bought a couple thinking they can not come in wrong i have been thinking about a height DRO for a while now.
    I marked the vernier and tried to drill 2 holes in the jaws to mount it by i tried a small centre drill would not mark it i tried a cobalt drill no chance .
    I resorted to slotting with a thin grinding disc ,drilled and tapped 2 holes in the machine some studs with lock nuts and the job was sorted , i did a comparison test with my clock gauge the vernier is spot on .


    That is the best shopping trip i have been on for a long time
    John

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  2. Apr 16, 2008 #2

    alan2525

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    I purchased one of those recently, not from netto but the same kind of cheap stainless digital vernier. I must say I am pleased with it! Just after I purchased it at the ME show, an elderly model engineer type behind me was looking at the one on display and said to his accomplice "These are great I use them all the time!"

    That was good enough to me, although he could have been an employing of the stand and paid to say good things!

    Alan

    Edit: I just thought - He didn't actually say what he uses them all the time to do though - hopefully not paperweights!

     
  3. Apr 16, 2008 #3

    John S

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    Do me a favour ?

    Grind the internal jaws off - I can't stand the sight of blood :D

    John S [ Number 3 ] ;)
     
  4. Apr 16, 2008 #4
    I always have a couple of these in stock. They can almost be classed as throw away items when the battery dies. I pay about £5 each for them now.
    I am just about to cut an old one up to make a dro for my lathe tailstock.

    John
     
  5. Apr 16, 2008 #5

    BobWarfield

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    I think I use my quill DRO more than any other accessory with my mill. Totally indispensible, and so easy to get one going!

    Nice work,

    BW
     

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