DRO PROS Digital Readout Kit and Part Prices always beat Heidenhain Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!

Sizing a Mill How to size your mill video

Sizing a Lathe How to size your lathe video

Mag Advant. #1 Magnetic Scales Advantage 1

Mag Advant. #2 Magnetic Scales Advantage 2

EL400 Overview EL400 Overview

Mill Install Part 1 Mill Install Part 1 of 4 - Parts and Pieces

Mill Install Part 2 Mill Install Part 2 of 4

Mill Install Part 3 Mill Install Part 3 of 4

Mill Install Part 4 Mill Install Part 4 of 4

Lathe Install Part 1 Lathe Install Part 1 of 4 - Parts and Pieces

Lathe Install Part 2 Lathe Install Part 2 of 4

Lathe Install Part 3 Lathe Install Part 3 of 4

Lathe Install Part 4 Lathe Install Part 4 of 4

Choose Scales How to choose your scales video

ARC Machining ARC Machining Video

Bolt Hole Circle Bolt Hole Circle Video

Incline Tool Incline Tool Video

Display Overview Display Overview Video

SDM Points SDM Waypoints Video

Line Hole Line Hole Video

Parameters Parameter Setup Video

Power Off Memory Power Off Memory Video

Centerfind Centerfind Video

Direction Change the Direction Your Scales Read

 

Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!
 

Call now! Toll Free Order Line & Tech Help 1-877-628-6028 or sales@dropros.com

DRO PROS 1-2-3 Value! - Easiest to use Digital Readout - DRO Kits start at only $499 - Industry's best warranty!

Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Heidenhain Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!

We speak English - We answer our phones - FREE shipping on magnetic kits!

 

6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Mill Specific Display

Electronica Magnetic Scale

Mill kits

$78000 Click HERE

Electronica Magnetic Scale

Lathe kits

$67500 Click HERE

Milling Machine Readout only $599!

DRO PROS Glass Scale

Mill kits

$59900 Click HERE

Lathe Readout only $599!

DRO PROS Glass Scale

Lathe kits

$59900 Click HERE

1 Year warranty / Glass scales

EASSON Glass Scale

Mill kits

$49900 Click HERE

 

4 Axis Mill Kits! - Milling Machine DRO's - Lathe DRO's

SIEG SC8 Lathe - SIEG SX3L Mill - SIEG SX4 Mill

Compare all Digital Readouts - Choose the right DRO - How to choose a DRO

 

6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Mill Specific Display

SIEG SC8 Lathe only $1,995!

DRO PROS Touch Probe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/10/14 The NEW Sieg SC8 lathes are in stock with the improved top slide. Easily converts to a quick change toolpost, no machining required!

 

DRO PROS introduces the "Electronica" line of Digital Readouts! Choose from 2, 3 or 4 axis kits! Complete with magnetic scales, which are fully coolant and dust proof. Easy to use, with the clearest display we've ever seen! So what does Magnetic Scale technology mean to you? Unlike glass scales, magnetic scales can be cut to any length you need, they can't be contaminated, and they're the easiest, thinnest scale to mount on the planet - only .4" thick!

 

Magnetic scale technology combines the best of optical and inductive technology. Just like inductive or "ball scales", magnetic scales are impervious to coolant or liquid, yet are slimmer, and cost half as much! They're easier to mount, more durable, and on par pricewise with optical scales. In summary, magnetic scales combine all the advantages of the other technologies, without retaining the negative qualities of being higher priced, or difficult to install, that inductive or "ball scales" suffer from.

 

If that wasn't enough, the Electronica bracket kits are the best we've ever seen. Unlike the competitors bracket kits, Electronica brackets are individually machined for accuracy, not cast. Our Library page includes a complete parts list and exploded assembly diagram - in short, no more missing parts or time consuming "how does this bracket fit together" sessions!

 

The DRO PROS brand of digital readout (green display) represents our never ending quest to bring our customers the best value, professional grade digital readouts on the planet. These glass scale kits comes standard with 5 Micron (0.0002") scales and can be upgraded to 1 Micron (0.00005") resolution if desired for only $50 more/scale. The kit includes FULL COLOR Owners and Installation manuals, a 3 Year Warranty, FREE training DVD (mill kits only), Linear and Non-Linear Error Compensation, and of course, the best customer service in the industry! And in these tough economic times, while other companies are raising prices, we're lowering them! The DRO PROS kit price now includes scales up to 40" at no additional cost! At DRO PROS, we want to be the digital readout company you can count on. Call us now, toll free, at 1-877-628-6028 and experience the DRO PROS commitment to excellent customer service!

 

DVD Tutorial

DRO PROS Mill Display Training DVD

 

DP 2M/3M Training Video - Regular Price $89.95

FREE when purchased with mill kit!

DRO PROS has always been on the forefront of providing our customers the best service and support in the industry, and this time we've done it again! This interactive DVD covers all functions of your DRO PROS brand display. Forget complicated manuals - this DVD covers it all!

 


 

Electronica Magnetic Scale 2 Axis Mill Kits:

       
EL300 "Universal Display" Kit EL400 "Machine Specific" Kit

 

NOTE: Items are shown out of their protective boxes to better illustrate what's included.

Display cover, and installation instructions included but not shown.

All kits ship in original factory packaging and boxes.

Magnetic Scales can be easily cut to length and can't be contaminated!

Scales up to 20 FEET LONG now available - Call for details

10" x 20" $780
10" x 20" $855
12" x 30" $815
12" x 30" $890
12" x 36" $850
12" x 36" $925
16" x 40" $870
16" x 40" $950
18" x 40" $880
18" x 40" $960

6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Universal Display

 

"Universal"

Display

Not machine

specific

6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Mill Specific Display

 

Machine

Specific

Touch Probe

Port

Need help choosing between the 300 & 400 2 axis mill displays? Click HERE
X Axis (longitudinal) Bracket:
Y Axis (in and out) Bracket:

Recommended EL300 Documents:

How to Cut Magnetic Scales

2 Axis Mill Worksheet

Changing EL300 Scale Read Direction

Recommended EL400 Documents:

How to Cut Magnetic Scales

2 Axis Mill Worksheet

Changing EL400 Scale Read Direction

 

 

- Our Newest Mill Videos -  

"How to Size a Mill" #1 Advantage of Magnetic Scales #2 Advantage of Magnetic Scales EL400 Display Overview
How to correctly size your mill for an Electronica Magnetic DRO kit Details the #1 advantage of Magnetic Scales - Length Details the #2 advantage of Magnetic Scales -   Cut to Size Shows a complete overview of the EL400 magnetic display.
       
       
Part 1 of 4 Part 2 of 4 Part 3 of 4 Part 4 of 4
"Parts & Pieces" "The X Axis" "The Y Axis" "The Display Head"
Covers how to quickly size a mill, followed by a detailed explanation of the parts and pieces. Details how to install the X Axis Scale on an Electronica Magnetic DRO kit. Details how to install the Y Axis Scale on an Electronica Magnetic DRO kit. Details how to install the Display Head on an Electronica Magnetic DRO kit.

 

 

Electronica Magnetic Scale 3 Axis Mill Kits:

 

 

Items are shown out of their protective boxes to better illustrate what's included.

Display cover, and installation instructions included but not shown.

All kits ship in original factory packaging and boxes.

Magnetic Scales can be easily cut to length and can't be contaminated!

Scales up to 20 FEET LONG now available - Call for details

EL300 Kit 6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Universal Display

12" x 30" x 16"

 

Universal Display

Mill & Lathe

 Functions

$1,140
EL300 Kit 6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Universal Display 12" x 36" x 16"

 

Universal Display

Mill & Lathe

 Functions

$1,170
EL300 Kit 6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Universal Display 18" x 40" x 18"

 

Universal Display

Mill & Lathe

 Functions

$1,210
EL400 Kit 6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Mill Specific Display 12" x 30" x 16"

 

Mill Specific

Touch Probe Port

Z = Knee

$1,215
EL400 Kit 6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Mill Specific Display 12" x 36" x 16"

 

Mill Specific

Touch Probe Port

Z = Knee

$1,255
EL400 Kit 6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Mill Specific Display 18" x 40" x 18"

 

Mill Specific

Touch Probe Port

Z = Knee

$1,295
EL700 Kit 12" x 30" x 6"

 

Color LCD

Touch Screen

Graphic Display

Touch Probe Port

Z = Quill

$1,610
EL700 Kit 12" x 30" x 16"

 

Color LCD

Touch Screen

Graphic Display

Touch Probe Port

Z = Knee

$1,625
EL700 Kit 12" x 36" x 6"

 

Color LCD

Touch Screen

Graphic Display

Touch Probe Port

Z = Quill

$1,640
EL700 Kit 12" x 36" x 16"

 

Color LCD

Touch Screen

Graphic Display

Touch Probe Port

Z = Knee

$1,660
EL700 Kit 18" x 40" x 18" 

 

Color LCD

Touch Screen

Graphic Display

Touch Probe Port

Z = Knee

$1,695
Need help choosing between the 300 & 400 3 axis mill displays? Click HERE
X Axis (longitudinal) Bracket:
Y Axis (in and out) Bracket:
Z Axis Knee Bracket - Included only with the 16" Z axis kits:
Z Axis Quill Bracket - Included only with the 6" Z axis kits:

Recommended EL300 Documents:

How to Cut Magnetic Scales

3 Axis Mill Worksheet

Changing EL300 Scale Read Direction

Recommended EL400

 Documents:

How to Cut Magnetic Scales

3 Axis Mill Worksheet

Changing EL400 Scale Read Direction

 

 

Electronica 300 Series "Universal" 3 Axis Mill Display:

- The display does not have "Quick Zero" buttons like the 400 model.

- The lower eight function keys are not mill specific like the 400 model.

- The 300 model does not have a "Touch Probe" port like the 400 model.

6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Universal Display

 

 

Electronica 400 "Machine Specific" 3 Axis Mill Display:

- The front display has "Quick Zero" buttons for the X, Y and Z axis.

- The lower eight function keys are mill specific.

- Includes an interactive "Touch Probe" port on the back.

6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Mill Specific Display

 

 

Electronica 700 Color TFT LCD 3 Axis Mill Display w/ LED Backlight:

 

- Color LCD Touch Screen

- Graphic Display draws functions

- Can be configured for a lathe or mill

- Includes an interactive "Touch Probe" port on the back

- Kit can be ordered with the Z axis configured for the Quill or the Knee

 

EL700 Mill Display in the ABS mode:

 

EL700 Mill Display in ARC mode:

 

EL700 Mill Display in BOLT HOLE mode:

 

EL700 Mill Display in LINE HOLE mode:

 

EL700 Mill Display in GRID HOLE mode:

 

Electronica Magnetic Scale 4 Axis Mill Kits:

EL400 "Machine Specific" Kit
6 Year warranty / Magnetic scales / Mill Specific Display

 

 

NOTE: Items are shown out of their protective boxes to better illustrate what's included.

Display cover, and installation instructions included but not shown.

All kits ship in original factory packaging and boxes.

Magnetic Scales can be easily cut to length and can't be contaminated!

Scales up to 20 FEET LONG now available - Call for details

12" x 30" x 16" x 6" $1,470
12" x 36" x 16" x 6" $1,500
18" x 40" x 18" x 6" $1,545
EL700 "Machine Specific" Color LCD Kit:
Picture coming soon Picture coming soon

Items are shown out of their protective boxes to better illustrate what's included.

Display cover, and installation instructions included but not shown.

All kits ship in original factory packaging and boxes.

Magnetic Scales can be easily cut to length and can't be contaminated!

Scales up to 20 FEET LONG now available - Call for details

EL700 18" x 40" x 18" x 6" $1,910
X Axis (longitudinal) Bracket:
Y Axis (in and out) Bracket:
Z Axis (knee) Bracket:
U Axis (quill) Bracket:
Recommended EL400 Documents:

How to Cut Magnetic Scales

3 Axis Mill Worksheet

Changing EL400 Scale Read Direction

 

 

- Our Newest Lathe Videos -  

"How to Size a Mill" "How to Size a Lathe" #1 Advantage of Magnetic Scales #2 Advantage of Magnetic Scales
How to size your lathe video
How to correctly size your mill for an Electronica Magnetic DRO kit How to correctly size your lathe for an Electronica Magnetic DRO kit Details the #1 advantage of Magnetic Scales - Length Details the #2 advantage of Magnetic Scales -   Cut to Size
       
       
Part 1 of 4 Part 2 of 4 Part 3 of 4 Part 4 of 4
"Lathe Installation" "The Cross Slide" "The Carriage" "The Display Head"
How to measure a lathe, the Bits & Pieces Part 1 How to install the cross slide on your lathe Part 2 How to install the carriage scale on your lathe Part 3 How to install the display head on your lathe Part 4
Covers how to quickly size a lathe, followed by a detailed explanation of the parts and pieces. Details how to install the Cross Slide Scale on an Electronica Magnetic DRO kit. Details how to install the Carriage Scale on an Electronica Magnetic DRO kit. Details how to install the Display Head on an Electronica Magnetic DRO kit.

 

 

Electronica Magnetic Scale 2 Axis Lathe Kits:

       
EL300 "Universal Display" Kit EL400 "Machine Specific" Kit

 

 

NOTE: Items are shown out of their protective boxes to better illustrate what's included.

Display cover, and installation instructions included but not shown.

All kits ship in original factory packaging and boxes.

Magnetic Scales can be easily cut to length and can't be contaminated!

8" x 16" $675
8" x 16" size not available in 400 series
10" x 16" $685
10" x 16" size not available in 400 series
8" x 40" $975
8" x 40" $1,015
10" x 40" $980
10" x 40" $1,020
12" x 40" $985
12" x 40" $1,025
14" x 60" size not available in 300 series 14" x 60" $1,175
14" x 80" $1,165
14" x 80" $1,350
16" x 110" $1,360
16" x 110" $1,515
20" x 120" size not available in 300 series 20" x 120" $2,530
22" x 160" size not available in 300 series 22" x 160" $3,230
22" x 200" size not available in 300 series 22" x 200" $4,130
22" x 240" size not available in 300 series 22" x 240" $4,880

 

"Universal"

Display

Not machine

specific

 

 

"Lathe"

specific

Need help choosing between the 300 & 400 lathe displays? Click HERE
X Axis (cross slide) Bracket:
Z Axis (carriage) Bracket:

Recommended EL300 Documents:

How to Cut Magnetic Scales

2 Axis Lathe Worksheet

EL300 Lathe setup

EL300 Lathe Kit Parts List

Changing EL300 Scale Read Direction

Recommended EL400 Documents:

How to Cut Magnetic Scales

2 Axis Lathe Worksheet

EL400 Lathe setup

EL400 Lathe Kit Parts List

Changing EL400 Scale Read Direction

 

 

Electronica Magnetic Scale 300 Displays:

The 300 display is a "universal" display. In other words, whether it's put on a lathe, a 2 axis mill or even a 3 axis mill, it's physically the same display. The display always has X, Y and Z keys, even if it's for a 2 axis mill. The buttons, or keys, are not lathe or mill specific, although the display can perform most all of the same functions as its big brother, the 400. Instead of machine specific keys, however, you must navigate the menu to find specific functions.

Electronica Magnetic Scale 400 Displays:

 

400 displays are all "machine specific". In other words, the mill and lathe displays are distinctly different. The axis keys (X, Y and Z) specifically match the machine. The function buttons, or keys, are also machine specific, which makes for a more intuitive, easier to use interface. The yellow front panel also adds "one-touch zero keys" the 300 does not have. Additionally, the back of the 400 has a contact probe input jack.

 

 

Benefits of Magnetic Scales

  Magnetic Scales Glass Scales Inductive Scales
Profile 1-1/4" thick 2-1/8" thick 2-7/8" thick
Ease of installation Flat scale "bar" easily mounts directly to machine Scale and readhead joined together ? cannot be disassembled Round "bar" must be offset / cannot be mounted flat against the machine
Price Complete kit starts at only $760 ~ $700 $1,500 +
Cost to repair Readhead and / or scale can be purchased separately Readhead and scale must be purchased as a complete assembly Parts extremely expensive
Resistance to contaminants Impervious to contaminants Optical technology susceptible to contamination Impervious to contaminants
Can scales be cut  to a custom length? Yes No No
Scale durability Virtually indestructible Glass prone to breakage, contamination Rod susceptible to damage
Overall length 2.5" longer than travel 5" longer than travel 10" longer than travel
Upgradeable software Convenient USB Not available Not available
Bracket system Anodized black, custom brackets  "Universal brackets" require extensive modification Complicated bracket system must be "offset"

There are currently three different scale types available for digital readout systems. They are magnetic, glass, and inductive. Glass scales rely upon an optical encoder and receiver mounted inside of an aluminum extrusion. If the scale becomes contaminated by coolant, oil or dust, they are rendered useless.

Inductive scales are impervious to contamination. The disadvantages are they're bulky, expensive, and difficult to mount.

Magnetic scales combine the best of optical and inductive technology. Magnetic scales are impervious to coolant, liquid or dust, yet are slimmer than either of the other two technologies. They're easier to mount, more durable, and can be broken down into convenient lengths for shipping. The first thing customers notice with magnetic scales is that the readhead and the scale are completely separate components. This means mounting magnetic scales is easier than any other type scale - since the readhead mounts separately from the scale, mounting is much quicker, and a whole lot easier! Prior to Electronica, magnetic scales were prohibitively expensive. Today, they are on par pricewise with optical scales. In summary, magnetic scales hold all the advantages of the other technologies, without retaining the negative qualities of being higher priced or difficult to install that inductive scales suffer from.

Picture of a New Glass Scale:

Picture of a new glass scale. Notice the mirror finish along the walls inside the scale.

 

Picture of a Glass Scale that's been improperly used in a contaminated environment:

Picture of a glass scale contaminated by hundreds of debris particles after being placed in service less than 3 months. The inside of this scale should be a mirror shiny finish, as shown above. Even a single bit of debris can cause a glass scale to stop reading correctly. Unfortunately, a contaminated glass scale will continue to display position, albeit an incorrect one, leaving the operator unaware of the malfunction. The solution, of course, is to use magnetic scales. Magnetic scales are designed to operate in the harshest and most extreme environments. Not only are magnetic scales unaffected by debris or contamination, they're also protected against submersion in coolant or liquids.

 

 

 

The height or head dimension of the readhead is critical to a clean DRO installation. Magnetic scale technology eliminates the bulky optical sensors common to traditional readheads.

A slim design means the readhead can be mounted close to the machine, increasing travel and tool efficiency.

Slimmer profile readheads are also much less likely to get damaged from dropped tools or workpieces.

Magnetic readheads retain the advantage of being impervious to coolant, but aren't bulky or expensive like inductive or optical scales.

 

   

 

The overall required mounting height is much less than optical or inductive scales.

 

Magnetic scale height is less than half that of inductive scales.

 

     

"Required End Clearance" is the 'dead space' between the center of the readhead and the end of the scale. The more "Required End Clearance" a scale requires, the longer the scale becomes.

 

Electronica vs. DRO PROS vs. Easson vs. Fagor

How Do I Choose the Right DRO Kit?

 

To start with, all DRO PROS products are quality built to do the job right. However, with that said, each brand has it's own unique advantages. We know that choosing a DRO kit can be difficult, so in our endeavor to help our customers we've developed the following guidelines. While we try to be as impartial as we can, our interaction with our customers and their feedback has certainly influenced us greatly in forming our "opinions". Please keep in mind that every installation is different, only you can know what's best for you.

 

Electronica

 

Industries Best 6 Year Warranty on all Magnetic Scale Kits!PROS: The most technologically advanced DRO kit on the market today. For starters, the Electronica kit uses magnetic scales. Magnetic scales are impervious to coolant or liquid, and are slimmer than glass or inductive scales. They're easier to mount, more durable, and can be cut to any length you need. They can't be contaminated, and measure only .4" thick. The bracket kits are exceptional, being machined, not cast, and are anodized black for a professional finish.

CONS: Such an incredible deal you may end up buying more than just one!

COMMENTS: DRO PROS hits another home run! Affordable, built to last, and one of the best looking, easiest to use displays we've seen. 

WHY YOU WOULD CHOOSE ELECTRONICA: If you value quality, ease of installation, and don't want your scales to get contaminated, this is the kit for you! 

 

DRO PROS M Series 

Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!3 Year Digital Readout Warranty on all DRO PROS brand glass scale kits!PROS: Professionally built, hands down it's the easiest DRO to use on the planet. This display uses traditional glass scales, and you can choose between the standard 5 micron  (0.0002") or optionally upgrade to 1 micron  (0.00005") scales. Lathe kits automatically include SlimLine scales for the cross slide. Covered by a 3 year warranty. Includes the best manuals in the business - completely re-written, English authored, full color Operators and Installation manuals. Unlike the lower priced Easson displays, the DRO PROS displays are machine specific, i.e. the 2 axis mill kit axis are properly labeled as X & Y; the 2 axis lathe kit axis are properly labeled as X & Z. All Mill kits include a professionally produced DVD that clearly explains all functions.

CONS: Glass scales can break or get contaminated.

COMMENTS: Affordable, built to last, and one of the easiest to use displays we've seen. 

WHY YOU WOULD CHOOSE THE M SERIES: If you've been waiting for an easy to use but still affordable Digital Readouts, this is it! 

 

Easson  Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!

1 Year Digital Readout Warranty on all EASSON brand glass scale kits!PROS: The strongest advantage of the Easson is it's budget friendly price. This display uses traditional 5 micron (0.0002") glass scales. Most all of the Easson's functions (i.e. bolt hole, line hole, centerfind etc.) have dedicated function buttons on the front. This makes Easson a truly "walk up and operate" type of digital readout. Covered by a 1 year warranty. Repair and parts are both available directly from DRO PROS, unlike many other resellers that send customers overseas for all "repair and warranty" issues.

CONS: Glass scales can break or get contaminated. Does not include the training DVD. Operators manual has been translated, and at times can be confusing. Lathe display is not machine specific, i.e. the two axis are labeled X & Y, not X & Z as would be proper. SlimLine scales not offered for the lathe display.

COMMENTS: Easson has been producing Digital Readouts for over 20 years now, and continues to be a top seller.

WHY YOU WOULD CHOOSE EASSON: You are an experienced machinist and probably wouldn't watch the DVD or look at the manual anyhow.  

 

Fagor

PROS: Fagor enjoys loyal brand name recognition. The build quality and packaging of the kit is good.

CONS: Expensive. Glass scales can break or get contaminated. Fagor's Innova display is a smaller, more compact display, so most of the functions are accessed through a push-button menu driven system. Some users find this design frustrating and difficult to use. The comment we hear most often is "Sure do need to keep the manual close by".

COMMENTS: We feel the Fagor Innova series could use a redesign of the front panel, especially adding more function buttons.

WHY YOU WOULD CHOOSE FAGOR: You've used Fagor in the past and don't want to change, even if the alternative is cheaper and easier to use.

SUMMARY: Fagor is a quality built DRO, but is being challenged by many less-expensive, easier to use DRO's.

 

 

Electronica vs. M Series vs. Easson vs. Fagor

    Electronica DRO PROS 3M Easson Fagor
Durability / Resistance to breakage lll l l l
Resistance to Contamination lll l l l
Slim profile lll l l l
Scales can be cut to length lll l l l
Scale and Readhead separate components? lll l l l
Brackets & Hardware - Machine specific? llll l l l
Display - ease of readability llll ll ll ll
Popularity with Customers lll ll ll l
Display Design / Color scheme lll ll ll l
Price ll lll lll l
Ease of Use - How intuitive (simple) is it to operate? lll lll lll l
Overall Build Quality / Reliability llll lll ll lll
Manuals - Thoroughness, easy to understand? llll llll ll l

 

eBay "El Cheapo" vs. DRO PROS

But I can still save $5 and get an eBay special from some guy I can't understand or talk to!

Yes, we understand. We all want to get 'a bargain'. But trust us, you don't want to go there. Besides the fact you can't talk to these guys if you have a question, they don't provide a written warranty, if something breaks you can't get replacement parts, etc. etc, might we suggest you consider the quality of the manual?

We've all seen the eBay specials where the listing includes an English manual. But have you actually read the "English Manual" included with our competitors kit? Of course you haven't. Because if you did, you probably wouldn't buy the kit. But in order to see the manual, you'd first have to buy the kit. Quite the dilemma. Well, we have a solution - we did buy the kit, and we're happy to show you what you really get! Check out the two excerpts below explaining "Bolt Hole Circle", probably the easiest to use (and explain) function on a DRO:

From the DRO PROS 3M Manual:

- Bolt Hole Circle -

From the Competitions Manual:

- Bolt Hole Circle -

Click here to take a look at our manual! Click here to take a look at the competitions manual!

(Click on the documents above to open them up)

(Make sure to check out the first remark on the last page of the competitions manual... and no, we didn't make this up - this is the manual you get!!)

So if this is the easiest to explain function, how well do you think their manual explains ARC procedures?

Remember, the very first moment you have a question, DRO PROS customers are going to call our toll free number and get the issue resolved immediately with an English speaking American.

Our competitors customers are going to wonder what in the world they were thinking when they saved $5. You be the judge!

 

DRO PROS Latest Videos

 

How to Choose Scales Video

 

How to Choose Scales for a Digital Readout

This video illustrates how to measure and choose scales for a digital readout. Attention is given to illustrate the different parts and mechanical limits of a digital scale.

(Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

ARC Machining Video

 

ARC Machining

Rounding a corner or machining an arc on your workpiece has never been easier. The Easson ES10-3M5 digital readout makes it easy, follow along as it puts an outside radius arc on our workpiece!

(Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

Bolt Hole Circle Video

 

'Bolt Hole Circle' Function

This DRO PROS video demonstrates the 'Bolt Hole' function of an Easson ES10-3M5 digital readout. Bolt Hole, or PCD (Pitch Circle Diameter) allows an operator to place a series of holes evenly around a central point.

(Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

Incline Tool Position Video

 

'Incline Tool Position' Function

Have you ever had to angle your workpiece on your mill table? This video demonstrates how you can accurately position the workpiece at any angle on the work table. Remember, Incline Tool Position also gives the operator an incline function for machining parts positioned on an inclined surface.

(Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

Display Overview Video

 

Easson ES10 Digital Readout Overview

This video gives an excellent overview of the Easson ES10 digital readout. Display functions and setup parameters are covered.

(Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

 

SDM Video

 

199 Reference or Sub Datum Memory (SDM) Points

Are you doing any sort of repetitive machining? Wouldn't it be great to be able to create exact copies of your original workpiece? Well now you can - either enter your points as you move to them on your workpiece or simply enter them in a list format - the choice is yours!

Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

Line Hole Position Video

 

'Line Hole Position' Function

This video demonstrates the 'Line Hole Position' function. This capability is used to place a series of holes in a straight line, even when canted at an angle.

(Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

 

Parameters Setup Video

 

ES10 Parameters Setup Video

Although setting up the ES10 is already quite easy, this video makes it a snap! All setup parameters are explored in detail, making setting up your DRO easier than ever!

Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

Power Off Memory Video

 

Power Off Memory (aka Ref Datum Memory)

Demonstrates how to recover the zero point of your workpiece after a power loss or the table is accidentally moved with power off.

(Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

 

Centerfind Video

 

Easson ES10 Centerfind Video

This video illustrates the centerfind feature of an EASSON ES10 digital readout. Easily locate the center of your workpiece with the ES10!

Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

 

How to Reverse Scale Direction Video

 

How to Reverse Scale Direction

Is your scale reading in the wrong direction? This video illustrates how to reverse a digital scales 'read' direction.

Click HERE or on the video to play)

 

 

 

 

What makes DRO PROS readouts the best? Am I really getting a good deal?

At DRO PROS we get daily emails from suppliers wanting us to hawk their digital readouts. We literally travel worldwide to seek out the best deals for you, our customer. International Trade Show in Beijing? Been there. Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China, you name it, we've been there. And guess what? Our selection of digital readouts represents the finest we've found. Anywhere. Trust us when we say you get what you pay for. We could choose to sell the same DRO's you see on eBay for $50 less, but we choose not to, because we know they won't last and ultimately will cause us and our customers frustration. Still don't believe us? Take a look here at the insides of a very popular DRO currently sold on eBay under various brand names:

 

 Poor quality connection found on "El Cheapo" ebay 'deal'      Poor quality connection found on "El Cheapo" ebay 'deal'  

(Click on images to enlarge)

 

Notice how the traces between the touch pads are simply taped in place by hand from leftover scraps - obviously this is much cheaper to manufacture, but how do you suppose this type of display is going to hold up on your machine? As they say, Caveat Emptor or 'Buyer Beware'.

   

Hopefully this information will help you, our Customer, when choosing your DRO system. Take your time, choose wisely.


 

What can a DRO do for me?

A digital readout system digitally displays a machine tool's exact position on an electronic display board. A DRO can greatly simplify your work, save time, reduce costly mistakes and allow you to produce more accurate, exacting parts. The DRO unit keeps precise track of tool bit position in all 3 axis - back and forth (x axis), fore and aft (y axis), and up and down (z axis). Without a DRO system, an operator must count the number of hand wheel revolutions to determine exact position of a tool head against the table. For example, some milling machine leadscrews are graduated at 16 threads per inch (TPI), which means that for every turn of the hand wheel the table moves 1/16? (.0625), therefore it takes 16 turns to move the table exactly 1?. Other machines are calibrated at 10 TPI, meaning it takes 10 hand wheel revolutions for the table to travel an inch. On the Z axis, it is typical for each division to represent .002?, where one full revolution is equal to .060?. Needless to say, it can quickly become quite confusing! The bottom line is that with a digital display, the days of counting hand wheel revolutions are over!

 

In summary, a machine equipped with a digital readout (DRO) is easier to use, less frustrating, and can save the operator many hours in setup and operation time. No more counting turns of the dial - simply turn the display on and you're ready to go - the DRO keeps track of position even after a power shortage!

 

Looking for just a scale? DRO PROS sells parts too...

A majority of our sales are in the form of kits, but we also sell individual components too. We sell DRO parts for Lathes, Milling Machines, Borers, Grinders, Wirecut Machines and EDM's. If you simply need a replacement scale for your existing display, odds are we can help. Most scales are wired universally, for more information please check our scales page.

 

Glass Scale Kits:

At DRO PROS, we only sell true five bearing glass scales with our readout kits, and with over 70 different size scales to choose from, we fit your machine right! For .0002" resolution scales up to 39.3" in capacity (models 100mm - 1000mm), the scales are included in the price of the kit and there is no surcharge. Simply tell us what size scale you'd like and we'll send the correct length scale. For scales greater than 40" capacity (our oversize scales), there is a small surcharge based on length when purchased with a kit.

 

Please refer to the chart below for more details:

Choose from the following scales:
Scale
Size
Rec'md
Scale Travel
mm/inches
Maximum
Travel
(Approx)
mm/inches
Overall
Scale Length
GS10
5 micron
0.0002" / .005mm
GS11
1 micron
0.00005" / .001mm
GS30
"SlimLine"
5 micron
0.0002" / .005mm
GS31
"SlimLine"
1 micron
0.00005" / .001mm
Model Cost w/kit Cost Alone Model Cost w/kit Cost Alone Model Cost w/kit Cost Alone Model Cost w/kit Cost Alone
100mm 100 / 3.9" 125 / 4.9" 9.9" GS10-100 Free $133 GS11-100 + $50 $183 GS30-100 Free $133 GS31-100 + $50 $183
150mm 150 / 5.9" 175 / 6.9" 11.9" GS10-150 Free $133 GS11-150 + $50 $183 GS30-150 Free $133 GS31-150 + $50 $183
200mm 200 / 7.8" 225 / 8.8" 13.8" GS10-200 Free $138 GS11-200 + $50 $188 GS30-200 Free $138 GS31-200 + $50 $188
250mm 250 / 9.8" 275 / 10.8" 15.8" GS10-250 Free $143 GS11-250 + $50 $193 GS30-250 Free $143 GS31-250 + $50 $193
300mm 300 / 11.8" 325 / 12.8" 17.8" GS10-300 Free $147 GS11-300 + $50 $197 GS30-300 Free $147 GS31-300 + $50 $197
350mm 350 / 13.7" 375 / 14.7" 19.7" GS10-350 Free $150 GS11-350 + $50 $200 GS30-350 Free $150 GS31-350 + $50 $200
400mm 400 / 15.7" 425 / 16.7" 21.7" GS10-400 Free $156 GS11-400 + $50 $206 GS30-400 Free $156 GS31-400 + $50 $206
450mm 450 / 17.7" 475 / 18.7" 23.7" GS10-450 Free $160 GS11-450 + $50 $210 GS30-450 Free $160 GS31-450 + $50 $210
500mm 500 / 19.6" 525 / 20.6" 25.6" GS10-500 Free $166 GS11-500 + $50 $216 GS30-500 Free $166 GS31-500 + $50 $216
550mm 550 / 21.6" 575 / 22.6" 27.6" GS10-550 Free $169 GS11-550 + $50 $219            
600mm 600 / 23.6" 625 / 24.6" 29.6" GS10-600 Free $179 GS11-600 + $50 $229            
650mm 650 / 25.5" 675 / 26.5" 31.5" GS10-650 Free $182 GS11-650 + $50 $232            
700mm 700 / 27.5" 725 / 28.5" 33.5" GS10-700 Free $187 GS11-700 + $50 $237            
750mm 750 / 29.5" 775 / 30.5" 35.5" GS10-750 Free $191 GS11-750 + $50 $241            
800mm 800 / 31.0" 825 / 32.0" 37.0" GS10-800 Free $197 GS11-800 + $50 $247            
850mm 850 / 33.4" 875 / 34.4" 39.4" GS10-850 Free $206 GS11-850 + $50 $256            
900mm 900 / 35.4" 925 / 36.4" 41.4" GS10-900 Free $226 GS11-900 + $50 $276            
950mm 950 / 37.4" 975 / 38.4" 43.4" GS10-950 Free $229 GS11-950 + $50 $279            
1000mm 1000 / 39.3" 1025 / 40.3" 45.3" GS10-1000 Free $292 GS11-1000 + $50 $342            
1100mm 1100 / 43.3" 1125 / 44.3" 49.3" GS10-1100 + $50 $340                  
1200mm 1200 / 47.2" 1225 / 48.2" 53.2" GS10-1200 + $50 $404                  

       

Click HERE to download a DRO PROS Scale Chart

 

Why does DRO PROS post their digital readout part prices online when other companies don't?

That's because if you were to find out what other companies are going to charge you for parts

when you need them, you might not buy their digital readout kit in the first place!

At DRO PROS, we're proud to show off our low part prices. 

Go DRO PROS!

 

 

Why should you buy from DRO PROS?

We speak English - We answer our phones - Same day shipping

Veteran owned, Veteran managed - and proud of it!

 

Our goal is to make customers for life. We feel that, in the long run, treating customers right will yield much more than simply "going for the sale". In accordance with that, we have attempted to pass on some ideas to help you, the customer, in completing your purchase decision:

 

Price. Probably the most talked about factor when buying a digital readout. Price can also be the most misleading, and perhaps worst way, to judge a digital readout kit. We've all heard the old adage, "You get what you pay for." Before the internet, it was true, price did generally correlate directly to value. But that was yesterdays economy. All resellers obtained their goods the same way, and therefore incurred the same costs. In today's economy, the market has changed drastically. At DRO PROS, we import and sell directly to you. Unlike our competitors, we do not have Western and Eastern sales divisions and multi layers of management to support. One location, one cost, and the savings get passed on to you!

 

Intuitiveness or "Ease of Use". Probably the most important, and hardest to determine factor when buying a readout. Think in terms of after the sale. Even if you get an absolute 'rock star' bottom line price that would make William Shatner proud, if the digital readout is not user friendly, you still didn't get a 'deal'. The whole point of getting a digital readout is to make your work easier and more enjoyable. If the digital readout is poorly designed, too complicated, if the display isn't bright enough, or in other words is 'user unfriendly', you'll regret your purchase decision every time you turn it on. It simply won't matter what you paid, it's not worth it!

 

Support. Most likely the second most important, and perhaps most overlooked factor when buying a digital readout. Imagine trying to reach a technician when you've bought a digital readout from an overseas reseller! Yet every day, people "save" $50 and buy products on eBay without stopping to think what will happen when they need service or tech support. Some digital readout resellers don't even publish a phone number! While our competitors continue to pare down or even totally eliminate their customer support, we continue to expand our Customer Service. Our Video Tutorials are the best in the industry, and are available free for you, our customers. Our tech help is the best in the business - our techs all know our readouts inside and out. Nobody knows digital readouts like DRO PROS!

 

Warranty. DRO PROS is proud to offer the industries safest, longest, 6 year warranty on all of our Electronica magnetic scale kits. All of our DRO PROS brand glass scale kits come with a full 3 year warranty, and our EASSON kits come standard with a 1 year warranty. DRO PROS brand warranty claims are handled directly by DRO PROS. No run-arounds, no hassle! Something not working as expected? Call us, don't get redirected overseas like the other guys!

 

Parts. Can you believe some resellers don't carry parts? That's right, buy from the "other guys", break a scale, and you get to replace the entire digital readout kit! Don't assume you can just go buy a different brand scale, either, because most manufacturers use different connectors on their scales. If that wasn't enough, even among those with a common connector, such as a DB9, most are hard wired differently. Finally, don't overlook the cost of parts. At DRO PROS, an 800mm replacement scale will cost you $197. A similar scale sold extensively by a European company will cost nearly $700! Finally, we have a massive inventory of parts, so rest easy - a replacement part is only a phone call away!

 

The Best Value. We literally search world-wide for the best value digital readout products on the planet. If there was a better digital readout package to be sold, we would be selling it. Yes, we've seen cheaper units on eBay, but there is a reason they're cheaper. Think poor quality, no parts, no manual, non-existent customer service, poor product fit/finish etc.

 

Customer Service. We pledge to never "over sell" you on a product that won't work well for you. Our philosophy is to try and save you money and get the best value kit tailored to the machinery you have. Many of our customers are surprised when we recommend against buying a more expensive brand. Again, our philosophy is to build customers for life. Give us a call and let us save you money!

 

Shipping. Most orders ship the same day, the next at the latest. We do not 'drop' ship, we have our own massive warehouse of inventory right here on site. We use UPS, you'll get a tracking number emailed to you immediately, and we cover all shipping insurance automatically.

 

The Company. DRO PROS is a veteran owned, American company. We enjoy selling quality products at competitive prices. We believe that  providing the best customer service is the key to success. No other company spends more time on the phone with customers than we do. Even in a down economy, our company continues to thrive and grow. We look forward to earning your business! 

 

The Bottom Line. Our line of digital readout's are simply the most user friendly readouts on the planet. Because of our direct marketing structure, they're also extremely affordable. Coupled with our extensive customer service and affordable parts, our Digital Readout products are simply the best value on the planet.

 

Shipping:

 

Domestic Shipping to the United States: All digital readout shipping is done via UPS for a flat rate of $43. You'll get a tracking number emailed direct to you from UPS, enabling you to track your shipment door to door! We cover insurance against any potential shipping damages, so no hidden fees here!

 

International Shipping to Canada: All of our DRO shipping is done via UPS. We charge a flat fee of $80.

 

International Shipping elsewhere: All of our DRO shipping is done via the United States Postal Service via a flat rate of $140.

 

 

3 Year Digital Readout Warranty on all DRO PROS brand glass scale kits!Industries Best 6 Year Warranty on all Magnetic Scale Kits!DRO PROS Industry Leading 6 Year Warranty!

 

Electronica magnetic kits = 6 year warranty

DRO PROS glass kits = 3 year warranty

EASSON glass kits = 1 year warranty

 

DRO PROS brand warranty claims are handled directly by DRO PROS.
No run-arounds, no hassle!

 

At DRO PROS, we take care of our customers. Have an issue or need some help? Let us take care of it with a toll-free call to California!

 

Call us now TOLL FREE at 1-855-DRO-PROS

 

We accept credit cards, checks and money order for payment

 


 

Professional Digital Readout kit packages start at only $499!

 

Call Toll Free now at 1-855-DRO-PROS for all your digital readout needs!

 

DRO PROS

4992 Allison Parkway Suite G

Vacaville, CA 95688 US

Phone: 877-628-6028

Website: http://www.dropros.com

 

(877) 628-6028     (855) DRO-PROS     (707) 452-8437     (707) 452-8434

Our Kit and Part Prices always beat Heidenhain Newall Acurite Sargon & Fagor!

 

Why should you buy from DRO PROS?

We speak English - We answer our phones - Same day shipping

Veteran owned, Veteran managed - and proud of it!

 

 

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