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The DRO display mounted and ready for action. That collet holder tray has come in handy already … 🙂

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The X-Axis scale has been fitted to the front of the table in order to preserve what little Y-Axis travel I have. 240mm is barely enough. I am still able to access the saddle locks and the travel stops so it should work out well.

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The X-Axis read head mount. This is going to be changed as I will need to mount a cover on this scale and this bracket will interfere with that. The bracket will be moved under the read head instead of on top but I need to find some material to do the job. This bracket was simply cut from an old piece of RHS tube that I had laying around, but because of the radius of the bend, I cannot simply move it down.

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The new X-Axis Read Head bracket is now fitted. Now the cover can be put in place. 🙂

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The Y-Axis scale mounted and awaiting it’s read head bracket. First though, I have to disassemble the X & Y Axis and thoroughly clean and adjust everything.

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The Y-Axis Read Head bracket fitted and ready for action 🙂 One Axis to go.

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The Z-Axis scale finally mounted. In this photo the scale almost looks bent but I can assure you that it is merely an optical illusion. Don’t worry, I looked twice too … lol … This shot also shows the read head bracket.

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Front on view of The Z-Axis scale mount. You may notice the oil sight glass for the gearbox. One of my aims was to not obscure it with the scale.

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A view of the Z-Axis scale mount from below.

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A view of the Z-Axis scale mount from behind the spindle.

My new Meister BOLTS3 DRO arrived today and I can’t wait to get it set up. Hopefully, I will be well enough to get into the workshop and proceed with the fitting of the glass scales to my new Titan Machinery TM45FG. I have already worked out where I intend mounting everything, it’s just a matter of drilling and tapping a few holes and then fabricating some bracketry.

You’ll notice in the picture, that this DRO came with a collet holder tray. There was no mention of this on eBay or the Meister website so it was a bit of a surprise when I found it in the box. My only complaint with the Meister DRO’s would be the lack of hardware that comes with the unit. You are pretty much left to your own devices when it comes to mounting the scales. You do get 2 Cast Aluminium brackets that would come in handy but they would not mount all the scales. You also get a sturdy ‘arm’ to mount the Display Unit on, but it’s mounting bracket lacks the threaded ‘adjuster’ screw holes, so now, any adjustment would be via shims.

Even if this DRO came with a mountain of hardware, chances are that none of it would be used, but extra hardware in the workshop always comes in handy. Unless the brackets were made to fit specific machines (difficult to do with no brand name Chinese made machines) the chances of actually using all the hardware and brackets offered by some sellers is very remote.

The Meister comes with a comprehensive manual, written in easy to understand English and it is illustrated throughout. I’ll be spending the night reading through it 🙂

If you are in the market for a relatively inexpensive DRO for your lathe or mill, consider the Meister DRO’s. You will find them at www.meisterdro.com

I am not associated with Meister in any way, just a happy customer 🙂

This is my DRO for the Mill.

This is my Meister BOLTS3 DRO for the Mill.
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