Test fit on Z-Axis


Mounting the scales was 90% of the job.  While a lot of mounting brackets were supplied with the package, most were of no use.  They were much too large for the X2 mill - more for the X3 or even Bridgeport install.   One bracket did work out - the one supplied for the Y-axis was perfect.  At first I was going to tie the scales directly to the machine, but soon figured out using stand-off's would be the best.  At least for Y and Z

I only needed the stand-off's for the X axis as the two existing threaded holes (for the chip-cover) where too tempting to not use. One of my goals was to not have the scales attached with "bridge-strength" "I-Beam" girders like I've seen on some of the Bridgeport and big mill installs. This is a little mill, and the read-head is a light load...

Test fit on Z-Axis
DRO Mounting

Y Axis Study


I only needed the stand-off's for the X axis as the two existing threaded holes (for the chip-cover) where too tempting to not use. One of my goals was to not have the scales attached with "bridge-strength" "I-Beam" girders like I've seen on some of the Bridgeport and big mill installs. This is a little mill, and the read-head is a light load...

Y Axis Study
DRO Mounting

Work begins on Y Axis


I only needed the stand-off's for the X axis as the two existing threaded holes (for the chip-cover) where too tempting to not use. One of my goals was to not have the scales attached with "bridge-strength" "I-Beam" girders like I've seen on some of the Bridgeport and big mill installs. This is a little mill, and the read-head is a light load... so no 'big iron' needed to attach read-head to moving part of the mill. I ended up using some .200" thick plastic sheet as the attachment plates which is working well

Work begins on Y Axis
DRO Mounting

Y-Axis Standoff


Since the base casting of the X2 mill has non-parallel edges, The upper edge of the stand-off needed a little shimming. Using the plastic shim from Little Machine Shop, bracket is quiet solid.  The cast AL bracket shown here is the only one of the supplied brackets that was usable.

Y-Axis Standoff
DRO Mounting

Y-Axis intalled


Here the Y-axis install is shown, with the .200 plastic square as the tie between read-head and saddle. I'd like to re-do this tie-plate in a nicely cut piece of AL - but this DOES work!

Y-Axis intalled
DRO Mounting

Y-Axis view 2


One of the important steps in the DRO install is to get the range of motion of the read-head matched to the saddle travel. These scales came with dimples in their enclosure which indicates end and center-points of the head travel


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Y-Axis view 2
DRO Mounting