Dayton Microscope
Sales & service throughout Ohio and surrounding states since 1987...

Microscope and Mechanical Balance Service...
for High Schools, Middle Schools, Jr. High Schools and Career Centers. On-site service available throughout most of Ohio and areas of surrounding states.  All makes and brands! 

Description of Microscope Service:
  • Initial inspection and quick operational evaluation.
  • thoroughly clean and disinfect outside frame, stage, illuminator, etc.
  • Clean and polish all objective lenses.
  • Clean and polish eyepiece(s) (inside too if necessary), adjust pointer, if installed.
  • Check for proper coarse and fine focus movement; free up if needed and/or possible.
  • Lubricate focusing mechanisms when required.
  • Make proper adjustments to stage, stage stop and focus knobs (stages drifting out of focus, etc.).
  • Make necessary repairs that are reasonable and possible during the service visit *.  * Please note that repair labor is free if and when you are servicing all or a large portion of your microscopes.  If you are only or mostly selecting "broken" microscopes from your entire microscope inventory, that would fall outside the "typical", routine, ideally preventative microscope service outlined here and should be quoted parts and labor on a case by case basis.  Please contact us to quote jobs you may have where you have selected primarily broken, non-usable microscopes from your larger inventory for repairs.
  • Focus on slide and check for proper focus on all objectives and proper microscope operation.
  • Supply and cover with plastic bag (if one is not already available).

We also clean, adjust and repair mechanical balances such as Ohaus Triple Beam, Dial-O-Gram, Cent-O-Gram, etc. 

                                     Important Service Information 

The on-site microscope service described above is charged at a per piece amount that includes all travel costs (including food and lodging if necessary) as long as you meet the minimum quantity based on your location relative to Troy, Ohio.  * See below for minimum quantity policy.

Major repairs (excessively time-consuming) and/or replacement parts (eyepiece, objectives, bulbs, etc.) are at additional charge (upon approval). We will not however "knit-pick" and pad your invoice with miscellaneous additional charges for most repairs (if possible) and/or minor parts such as screws, washers, etc. as long as you are servicing all or most of your microscopes and not just "cherry-picking" the bad ones from your entire inventory of microscopes.  Typically, if you know that nothing is physically broken, missing or burned out, there is a very good chance that the base per scope service charge will cover the entire job.

The more specific information that you can provide us prior to your equipment being serviced will help to ensure that we arrive prepared as best possible to complete the job. Information such as equipment make, model, estimated age, specific problems, missing or broken parts can be very helpful. Emailing a few pictures can be worth a thousand words!

                                                   Important Notes!!! - Minimum quantity for on-site service
  • Quoted per unit (microscope/balance) prices for on-site service are based on having a minimum quantity of pieces to be serviced relative to your location.  If you do not have the minimum quantity to be serviced for your location, you will be charged for the established minimum amount for your location even if you do actually have that many pieces.  It is necessary that we do this to cover our travel time and expenses. 
  • Distances are calculated using Google Maps “Get Directions”. Use our zip code 45373 and the zip code of your school to find your highway distance and then your minimum quantity required for on-site service below. Schools within a district can be combined in one or two locations of close proximity to obtain the minimum number.
  • Minimum quantities are as follows:

                Within 50 miles of 45373:                                                                 at least 12 microscopes/balances serviced
                More than 50 miles from 45373 but less than 75 miles from 45373:      at least 14 microscopes/balances serviced
                More than 75 miles from 45373 but less than 100 miles from 45373:    at least 16 microscopes/balances serviced
                More than 100 miles from 45373 but less than 150 miles from 45373:  at least 24 microscopes/balances serviced
                More than 150 miles from 45373 but less than 200 miles from 45373:  at least 32 microscopes/balances serviced

                * If you are beyond 200 miles from zip code 45373 we are still interested in your business and will go 
                  anywhere that is economically feasible.  If you are at a school with a large number of microscopes or even a school district
                  that wants to have multiple buildings taken care of, please contact us!

  • Microscopes and balances are sometimes combined from multiple schools within a district to have enough for service.
  • If you do not have the minimum pieces to be serviced for your school location and still want the service, you will simply be billed for the minimum quantity times the per unit service price *plus replacement parts, if needed, upon approval.   (Example: you are 89 miles from 45373 and only have 12 monocular, 3 objective, standard compound microscopes.  You would still be charged for 16 microscopes *plus any necessary parts, upon approval. or, 16 X $24 = $384.00 plus parts, if any were needed.) 
  • This minimum also applies for non-repairable microscopes or balances.  If you cannot meet the minimum number of pieces because we were unable to repair or locate parts for one or more of your microscopes or balances thus causing you to fall below the minimum, you will still be billed for that minimum amount for that visit.
  • Travel is expensive, time consuming and sometimes nerve rattling.  Please know that this policy is necessary to ensure that our costs are covered and a reasonable return for our efforts is achieved.  Thank you very much for your understanding!

***  If you have any questions and/or comments, PLEASE contact Kevin at

Very best regards and happy teaching!


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