|Item Weight||13.6 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||20 x 2.7 x 1.6 inches|
iGaging 12" Magnetic Remote Digital Readout
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This Digital Readout Kit can be adapted to a number of woodworking machines, including router lifts, router tables, planers and shapers. It has a remote display connected with a 50 Inch cord that can be disconnected for easy installation and access. The large easy to read display reads in inches with fractions (1.64 Inch) or millimeters. Decimal inches are displayed in .001 Inch increments and millimeters in .05mm increments. Fits router lifts made by Jessem, Jointech, and others. The readout can be easily installed using magnets, double face tape, or screws. Vertical and horizontal slider mounting hardware is included. Packaged in protective case with 3V CR2032 battery.
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These little devices have taken my low-level $200 X-Y Table to the lower limits of attainable accuracy on my drill press. Although the table screws have considerable backlash, which are impracticable to correct, I am able to approach low single mill tolerances and repeatability with good operator practices. I modified the rail mounting for better rigidity and range.
I am adding a third DRO to the drill press quill for better Z axis control.
The only negatives, which I will not derate the product for, are:
1- Power On/Off needs an inactive timeout (~30-60 min)
2- the 4-pin mini-USB cable - a poor choice since there are no adapters or right angle cables which would make a multi DRO display setup cleaner and more compact (micro-USB would be much better)
3- an external power connector to allow multiple DRO's (e.g. 3: X,Y,Z) on a single power supply and connected to the tool, all on all off. Hint: how about using the more common micro-USB connections.
Should be advertised as disposable units. No quality control, no company support. Also, it's stolen from a German patent that expired in the 1980's. .The scale has some "flippy-bits" It can change it's reading as little as .002" up to .2" depending on what color the day is. Works ok the first 10 times. Could buy a Newall setup on ebay for a lot less than buying and throwing these things out.
Basically, a 3$ yard stick and a 10$ pair of autoZone calipers will dust this piece of junk. I now have 2 useless scales and won't be paying another 100$ to replace them.
In an ideal environment. Don't touch it, look at it, get dust on, get oil it, or even breathe near it. In short, don't use it outside of your day dreams. Disappointed in every way possible .
Accuracy is as stated, 0.004" over 12". Not real accurate but adequate for my application. If you require a greater accuracy then you will have to pay for it.
There were no dimensions for installation. Since the attach points were slotted and I could adjust the length there were no problems, just drill, tap and attach. You will have to make sure it's parallel to the axis you're using but that is easy. Move it to each extreme and tighten the screws.
UPDATE: Turns out the first sensor I had was malfunctioning. the sensor that came with the second kit works great, so I'm giving 4 stars.
Worth the money, but be careful how you mount them.
It took some finagling (a la band saw)and some bending and filing on the mounting bracket, but I now have a zero-slip digital readout for the lead on my Bolton mill/lathe. Not that the Bolton is an ultra-precise machine --- but it's a lot easier to deal with now. (I flattened the sensor bracket and cut a slot to match the leadscrew nut carrier, and mounted the end brackets to the frame. It's out of the way (well, the sensor box is a bit bulky) and I get full travel from tailstock to faceplate with no interference.)
I had NO trouble cutting the strip to a custom length. I don't know why they don't mention that you can do that --- it's nice to be able to fit it in a tight installation.
If I could figure out how to squeeze this onto the cross-slide, I'd buy another one!
They arrived timely, and in perfect condition. Good deal!