Re: non-rotary dial indicator?

"Jan Nielsen" <morgan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message

When aligning our Renishaw probe or the tailstock on the lathe - or any
operation where the dial indicator must rotate and the part remain
we fiddle around with mirrors and stuff trying to read the friggin' clock
a full turn. I seem to remember a dial indicator where the dial clock was
arrested to the machine with a piece of string and a magnet while the rest
the indicator rotated with the spindle... anybody seen such a beast?

It's not what you're looking for but....

I see a lot of guys at work always clamp their standard Mitutoyo indicators
on the dovetail above the clock (*top* of the indicator) or the one on that
back, behind the clock. They crane their heads around and get all
contortionist-like to dial in a hole.

One should always keep in mind that there is also a very handy dovetail
below the clock, on the front of the indicator. Using this dovetail, you can
adjust the indicator's point to be 90º from the body (basically sticking out
the back). When used to find a hole on a mill, the clock is facing directly
up at the operator no matter what the orientation of the spindle is, and the
point is always in the hole. No acrobatics required.

Just thought I'd share for people that haven't see an indicator setup that
way yet.