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    Default Does anyone sell Dial Indicator Clamps for SB Heavy 10 - 10L?

    Was looking to buy a Dial Indicator Clamp Mount for my 10L lathe. I found one for SB 9 and 10K lathes, but so far (with the exception of a 3P Plastic Printed version) I have not found one of this design for a 10L lathe. Would prefer a Metal clamp.

    Would the 9/10K version fit a 10L, or could that version be modified to fit easily? Unfortunately, I currently don’t have access to a working milling machine.

    Does anyone manufacture a clamp of similar design specifically for the 10L?

    Thanks.

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    There's a guy on ebay who sells them. I've had several and they are nice enough.

    I'm looking for a link to the one in question, but here is one from another seller. It is 3d printed.

    SOUTH BEND HEAVY 10 METAL LATHE DIAL INDICATOR MOUNT CLAMP LOGAN 850 3D Printed | eBay


    Here is the seller I was originally referring to. It looks like he is out of Heavy 10 ones right now but lists them often.

    SOUTH BEND 9 & 10K Z AXIS DIAL INDICATOR MOUNT DIGITAL READOUT | eBay

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    Thanks for your reply and links.

    I have seen the 3D printed version, but would prefer a metal clamp.

    I also found the one on EBay for 9/10K lathes. Did not know that he also made/sold one for 10L lathes even if out of stock.

    South Bend lathe dial indicator and clamp for 9"&10K 680474114276 | eBay

    Since my original post, I sent a “Contact Seller” message asking if he had a 10L version or if the 9/10K one could be modified to work.

    Edge Technologies also makes one, but it looks to be a scissor clamp, which would likely work, but I would still prefer the cleaner looking clamp discussed earlier.

    What dimensions keep the 9/10K version from fittings 10L?

    DC

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    For a dial indicator you can just use a mini mag base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwananew10K View Post
    For a dial indicator you can just use a mini mag base.
    For me, a mag base is too uncertain... "Did I just bump that...?" I prefer a solid clamp. "Did I just bump that...? Who cares, it is clamped so solidly that a bulldozer could run into it and not move my reference."

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    Appreciate the replies.

    The Mini Magnetic base can get me by for a while, but I agree, I really want a more secure clamp.

    Maybe someday, a DRO, but a Clamp for a Dial Indicator would work best until.

    Thanks.

    How different are the bed edge dimensions, SB 9/10K vs 10L?

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    You just make your own:







    That is actually set up on a 10L in the photos

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    Thanks. Looks good.

    I may consider making my own though it would be easier done with access to a working mill.

    DC

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    Quote Originally Posted by D_C View Post
    ...with access to a working mill.
    Amen to that. The hard-core method would be to use a hacksaw and a file!

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    Sometimes I wonder if anyone knows how to hacksaw and file anymore?

    Not a slam on the OP, but you can do it quite precisely if you know what you are doing.

    Hacksaws get a bad rap.

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    If you have a lathe, you can mill small parts.

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    I bought the one sold on EBay for the Southbend 9 and 10K lathe.

    https://www.ebay.com/p/South-Bend-La...80e844fffba8cf

    The V-to-Bed bottom height dimension is about 0.100 taller on the 10L vs 10K, so the hinged clamp plate rests at a slight angle... and the machined-Flat on the 10L carriage is 3/8 inch farther out (see before photo below) so I mounted the dial indicator out 3/8 inch farther using a Bushing and longer socket cap screw.

    It works.

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    Why would you screw around with an indicator? Get a digital caliper and clamp it on. 6 - 8" of travel, simple to do, massively better I think.

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    Thanks.

    Yes, I have seen that too. There are a few good YouTube videos on how to make one from a cheap Harbor Freight digital vernier. I may well try that in the future, but for now, just wanted something ready-made.

    DC


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