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Forum topic by Loren posted 259 days ago 548 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Loren

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259 days ago

I took my DRO off my drum sander and installed it on my planer.

I can zero it on the drum sander but the planer only goes down
to 1/4” or so.

Is there a way to zero these things to planers or do I have to
work to relative accuracy?


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cutmantom

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#1 posted 259 days ago

Plane a piece of wood, zero the dro then insert a piece of planed wood between the end of the dro and the machine,not sure about this as I don’t know how your dro is set up

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 259 days ago

Can you place a known 2” block on the table and raise the table to touch the cutter at its edge then get the Digital Readout to read 2”; then all thinner planed material down to the planners thinest 1/4” should read accurately. Is this correct?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Loren

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#3 posted 259 days ago

Yeah, I’m not sure if there’s a way to input “2” into the thing after
it’s zeroed or cleared. That’s the question I guess. I can zero it
at 2” but I don’t know how to then bump the reading up to
2.00”.

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Handtooler

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#4 posted 259 days ago

Then use a 1” block and zero; then you can always subract 1” mentally from its reading and you should be right on. For example 1 will be stock at 5/8” thick. Will this help?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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Loren

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#5 posted 259 days ago

That may be what I have to do.

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 259 days ago

I’ve got a Wixey on mine and the method cutmantom described is what I do.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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PaulDoug

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#7 posted 259 days ago

You might go to the Wixey site and look at the online manual for one of their planer gauges. It may apply for mounting and calibrating the one you have.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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SASmith

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#8 posted 259 days ago

This thread discusses an install that is capable of being zeroed.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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