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Old 02-03-2020, 10:58 PM
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I bought a new lathe this winter and am looking for a DRO for it. Right now I am leaning towards either a DRO Pros EL400 with magnetic scales or a Newall NMS300 Lathe kit. The Newall is a little more money and the brand name but the DRO Pro's kit seems to have a lot of positive feedback on the forums.

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Old 02-03-2020, 11:53 PM
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If you can afford the Newall buy it. They're a professional grade DRO package made--as far as I know--in Europe. We put a Newall system on our last mill and it was absolutely trouble free and indestructible. Their Spherosyn scales are the standard by which all others are measured...
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:14 AM
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I guess my first question is what sort of lathe, and what are you using it for?

Newall, Mitutoyo are a couple of the main manufacturers out there, there are also inexpensive options available these days too. There are kits that allow you to use scales along with a tablet for a display now, MiloMilo put one on his lathe a while back and seems quite happy with it.
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Old 02-04-2020, 12:36 PM
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I have a friend that has the DRO Pros EL400 on a 1440 and he really likes it.
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Old 02-04-2020, 06:46 PM
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I bought a Grizzly G0509G on Cyber Monday 10% off sale.

https://www.grizzly.com/products/Gri...l-Lathe/G0509G

The Newall unit is their new NMS 300 series that appears to be targeted to importers and hobbyists. They mention that the scales are incompatible with their other products so they may be made to a price point. What's different? I don't know.

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looks like a nice machine now the real spending starts .....TOOLING
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:43 PM
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looks like a nice machine now the real spending starts .....TOOLING
Yeh, I know. I have hardly started tooling up my mill and now I have another tool hungry beast to work with.
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Yeh, I know. I have hardly started tooling up my mill and now I have another tool hungry beast to work with.
The more tooling you buy them, the more they love you!!!!!!!!
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