On the subject of DRO installation in crazy small places:
I installed a magnetic "Electronica" scale on my Hardinge TL cross slide, where I REALLY had to shrink things down. I removed the scale from the Aluminum housing, and bonded it right to the slide with loctite black max, with screws on both ends (the stock blue thingies on the ends). Just FYI, you really need to add a top cover when you do this; there is an exposed gap that collects crud and interferes with the magnetic reading.
At one point I decided my old lathe compound really needed a digital read out, so I made one. I peeled the capacitive reference PCB off of the aluminum backing, faced the side of the compound, and bonded that sucker on. I re-built the read head (with some trimming of the board) and screwed that onto the base. Worked great, and it was a lot of fun to make!
This forum is a treasure trove of information, you all are great at sharing details I couldn’t find elsewhere. I was about to buy a PM-1340GT, but after spending time here I think I’m going with the PM-1440GT.