View Full Version : Dro Scales

08-05-2003, 12:23 AM
Any have Dro scales on their mini lathe? I was thinking about add it to my MIrco mark lathe.

08-05-2003, 09:49 AM
I was looking at that on the mini-lathe page. What would be the total cost after you buy the scales? Would be cheaper to buy a couple digital calipers and mount them on your lathe.?

08-05-2003, 10:22 AM
Here is a 12" scale-

The dro kit is about 600.00.

08-05-2003, 12:14 PM
Like I said thats alot of money to do it that way. considering the lathe only cost $300 dollars. Thats twice the cost of the lathe. In my own opionion Id buy 2 digital calipers from harbor freight for $20.00 dollar each and adapt them to the mini lathe. It will do the same thing for $40.00 dollars total and a little bit of time to adapt it to the lathe.

08-05-2003, 12:50 PM
They don't have 12" long calipers.

08-05-2003, 01:02 PM
How about this. its 12 inch for $50.00 !?

Then buy the $20.00 dollar one and you did it all for $70.00

They are also Fluid-resistant . Seems like the easyest and cheapest way to me.. Just my opionion.:D

08-05-2003, 01:28 PM
I just saw that. :)

08-05-2003, 01:29 PM
How would you afix it?

08-06-2003, 12:37 AM
I have seen people put these on there mills. One guy drilled a small hole thru the nose of each jaw on the caliper, he then screwed each jaw to a bracket he made that was fixed to the mill.

Seems to me you should be able to make it work this way?!

08-06-2003, 12:48 AM
I just got this one- http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2549404393&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOAB:US:6

08-06-2003, 01:03 AM
let me know how the hook up goes. im going to buy my lathe this fall.