One frequently asked question we’ve found when it comes to our new glass optical digital readout systems relates to how to fit them. And it’s a good question, as these we started offering the new lower cost systems with customer fitment in mind.
In the past, we’ve tended to fit these systems in our own workshop for customers, and this is something we’re still happy to offer – our engineers have many years of experience fitting these systems so we’ll always be on hand to help.
The advantage of buying one of these systems for self-fitting is the saving on the labour cost of having it done professionally by us. And believe it or not, it can often be a rewarding experience.
Each system we supply comes with both a DRO operation manual and a separate installation manual showing what goes where and how to install. To accompany those instructions – because pictures can often be more useful than words – we’ve posted some mill fitment photos in more detail below.
These photos show as an example an install we’ve completed on a milling machine, in this case a WM14/ WM16. The same principles will apply to larger sized mills too.
These images are a general guide to fitting locations, and you might find you have a different method that suits your needs in some other way. A general purpose bracket is provided as part of the kit, designed for modification depending on application, so it’s worth noting it may vary in appearance from the one shown above. The counter bracket location is less critical than the scales, you can afford to be more freestyle here.
These images should be a handy starting point in combination with the provided manual. And as ever if you have any further questions, feel free to get in touch – we’re always happy to help.
Following on from the milling machine DRO images, if you’re looking for pointers for how to mount your glass optical digital readout scales to your lathe, here are some example images of where we’ve fitted them on this WM 250V. Also shown in these examples is a WM290V.
With any luck, with the manual to hand alongside these example images, you should be well equipped for completing the satisfying job of your own installation. Anything we missed, or something you’re still not sure about? Let us know in the comments below!
We’ve just released the latest Warco metalworking catalogue.
With 100+ colour pages of machinery and tools, it’s a handy way to see our range in one place.
If you have already requested a copy, thanks! It will be with you shortly. If you don’t think you’re on the list and would like one, drop us a line and we’ll be sure to post you one for free.
We’ve noticed more and more people keen to fit glass optical digital readout systems to their machines, but found existing systems too expensive to justify, especially for home workshop and small scale engineering businesses.
With that in mind, we introduced an all new glass optical system specifically designed for metalworking lathes and mills at an affordable price.
This system has the added advantage of using small section scales, so where space is tight on smaller machines like the WM 14 or WM 180 / 250 lathes there is still no space issue.
Because this system is sold for self fitting, there’s a big saving. Each counter two comprehensive manuals – 1x operation instructions and 1x guide to fitting. You can read more about the counter shown above here.
If you aren’t using coolant on your machine and don’t require a waterproof system, even cheaper options than this exist.
This digital readout counter in combination with the corresponding scales is a cheap alternative to the more professional level systems. You can find these here.
Find the full range of digital readout systems at warco.co.uk/dro
We receive a lot of requests from people asking us if we have any videos of our products. With that in mind it was lucky an excited customer of ours shared this video he made introducing the Warco WM 180 lathe.
It’s a pretty good introduction to the machine, especially if you haven’t seen one in person yet.
We enjoyed it, hopefully you will too.
We’re very fond of the WM 180 here, it’s one we’ve been selling for over 15 years now and has long been amongst our favourite small lathes, and hundreds of them have made their way into happy engineering and home workshops over the years. Read more about the specs here.
Prospects College asked us to supply and fit a large workshop as part of their building of a training centre. As one of the most prominent providers of vocational training in South East, Prospects have over 40 years experience of working in partnership with businesses, delivering a range of innovative training courses to meet the skill requirements for the community. We were happy to equip a large setting providing the tools needed for a range of engineering apprenticeships and vocation training.
We offered a fitting that was uniquely tailored to their requirements. Here are some details of the installation.
Now those machines are all being used intensively on a daily basis – training a new generation of future engineers. At Warco we don’t consider any project too large or small, and are always happy to offer a bespoke quote centred around your requirements – whether you’re looking to update a garden shed workshop or want machines for a large scale installation in an industry or education setting.