G4003G Metal Lathe
Meister BC-10L DRO
Mounting "Z" Axis Scale
I mounted the Z axis scale below the removable gap. I also
left enough room for the coolant guard to
be mounted above the
scale. I also marked the backsplash to make sure it didn't interfere
with the scale
Note: You do not have to be concerned on
which direction the reading head moves. The direction can be
changed easily for either axis from the control
I attached the headstock end first and then using a machinist level I
marked the tailstock end.
I also placed a washer behind each end of the Z axis scale so that
there is a small space between
the back of the scale and the lathe. If any liquid or oil runs down it
will go behind the scale.
Once the Z axis was installed I decided to remove the
leadscrew cover from the end of the saddle.
I used the two
existing threaded holes to attach a 1/2" thick steel plate to hold the
There were no brackets included for mounting the Z axis reader head.
Here's pic of the roughed out steel plate.
I cut the steel plate to cover the end of the leadscrew.
(Aluminum would have worked but I didn't have any on hand)
I milled two slots to allow for reading head adjustment.
I machined two brass spacers to correctly position the reader.
I also added a metal brace to secure the cables.
Very solid and worked very well !!