In Reply to: Re: Metric dials posted by Mordy Golan on 02/25/02 at 2:17 PM:
The real problem is not metric dials, it's metric
lead screws. The step of the thread on the lead
screw has to be a whole number of metric units
for you to be able to fit a metric dial on the
machine and have it be of any use.
I ended up buying the G1007 mill from Grizzly. It
is a pain in the butt to convert back and forth
between metric and standard system, but I'm
getting used to it. I am trying to talk myself
into buying a 3-axis Digital ReadOut. They
usually can display measurements in both
systems, and also take counting turns out
of the equation.
The cheapest DRO I can find is from
They even have pictures of it fitted on the
Grizzly G4003, if that can be of any help.
Alternatively, you can try to buy leadscrew
hardware with metric threads and fit it
yourself, but that's hardly going to be less
trouble than paying for DROs.