Having missed out on the Bridgeport at one of my Toolmakers that closed down, I'm now looking for another one. I'm after a series 1, would prefer a step-pulley with 2 speed motor rather than a vari-rattle head, 42" table would be ideal, 48" too big.
I don't mind travelling about a bit to look at one, but it always helps if I could get a recommendation from someone who knows an owner or the machine history.
If anyone knows of one coming up for sale I would appreciate a nudge in their direction.
30 int stuff seems to attract a premium, though maybe less so now that ebay has allowed a major redistribution of stuff from people who don't need it to those who do.
40 int seems to be plentiful, & therefore usually cheaper, on the secondhand market.
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I`ve just read in another thread that RDG have some INT 30 stuff at reasonable prices. Not sure what constitutes reasonable but I have bought bits from them before but nothing to do with Int 30. Anyway here is a link:
I had a look at one first thing this morning, quite local in fact only
20 miles away but I didn't spot it before last night. But I've just watched it sell on ebay for £1950 (item no. 7614515176) and it jumped up nearly a grand in price in the last 10 seconds!!! And to add to that there is still VAT to go on top.
It's sods law isn't it? When I wasn't looking there seemed to be loads going for about a grand or under. The market has gone a bit silly though, and it seems to be following the US price trend at the moment.
The idea of a (cheap) Beaver is looking more attractive, and I suppose an Ajax is too much to hope for.
Hello Peter I wondered if you have had any bridgeports offered to you as I am looking myself for a 48 x 9 inch bed as I need the extra travel for a particular job I just missed one on Ebay last night I have a 42 x 9 its an old one 1963 was origonaly a manual machine but I have put a align traverse unit on it the head is in good condition but the bed and knee do tighten up on extremes I will consider selling it if I can get a 48 x 9. Please let me know if you know of one please. Cheers Colin
Thank you to everyone on the NG who were kind enough to keep me informed of a number of Mills available for sale in various places. I have now managed to find a Bridgeport and should have it in place next week. Thanks again
It's in now. Got a knock on the door at 7.20am this morning and 40 minutes later we were having a cup of tea after having unloaded and positioned it. Picture here:
Because of the up & over garage door getting in the way the hiab arm couldn't get any nearer than 2 ft from the entrance, plus we had a drainage gulley(with grating) to go over. The solution was to grab some lengths of 1/2" x 5ft st/steel bar I had, drop them lengthways under the machine base, apply oil, then slide it
-not roll it -along the length of the bar. Took a bit of shove from the 2 of us to get it moving but after that it was a piece of cake. Once through the door and past the myford and grinder, stuck 2 more lengths of bar underneath but angled off about
30degrees, slid and pulled it on to these, then tapped them straight and slid it into position up against the wall and the job was done.
Probably won't have it running until I find a converter in the next week or so (its a 2-speed motor) but that will give me time to try and organise things around it first.