Putting Bridgeport head on clausing mill

I have seen several machines for sale that have fitted a Bridgport
head (MT2 spindle) as a conversion.
One machine was a clausing vertical mill with the bridgeport head.
Another was adding the bridgport head to a horizontal mill to
make a combo vertical/horizontal machine.
I already have a rockwell combo machine which uses a R8 spindle.
I'm wondering how the rockwell vertical head compares to the
bridgeport head? Does the bridgport head have more spindle
travel, better bearings or perhaps power down feed??
Inquiring minds want to know.
chuck
Reply to
Charles A. Sherwood
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The Bridgeport M head came with your choice of three smaller collet tapers (B&S 37, MT2 or Bridgeport's own C taper). it has 6 speeds on a 1/2 HP motor, and no back gear. Also, no power feed. It is a fairly light milling head compared to the later J head, which has all those features (power feed and back gear). The M head has about 4" of quill travel, compared to the J head's 5". That extra inch makes a BIG difference when switching between a 1/2" jobber's length drill in a Jacobs chuck and a 1/4" end mill in a collet.
Jon
Reply to
Jon Elson
The rockwell head has only 2.5 inchs of travel so the M head wins in that area. The Rockwell has R8 so it wins in that area.
The only thing that would make me convert is power feed. If you have a knee, why isn't 4 inchs of quill travel enough?
chuck
Reply to
Charles A. Sherwood
Well, now that I know how to accurately tram the head, it actually is. I used to have a problem getting it aligned properly, so things would move on the X-Y plane when I moved the knee.
Jon
Reply to
Jon Elson

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