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Old 01-16-2016, 01:52 PM
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Looking for a mill to add to my shop tools. Something that I can use to make exhaust plates, turbo mounts, etc.

Was looking at older bridgeport j heads as the price seems reasonable on them and everyone says the older ones last forever if taken care of.

Any suggestions or things I should avoid/check when looking at one?
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Old 01-16-2016, 06:33 PM
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Looking for a mill to add to my shop tools. Something that I can use to make exhaust plates, turbo mounts, etc.

Was looking at older bridgeport j heads as the price seems reasonable on them and everyone says the older ones last forever if taken care of.

Any suggestions or things I should avoid/check when looking at one?
you probably already know this, but I have a buddy who is a mover, and he said you wouldn't believe the people that buy stuff before finding out what it costs to move it, at least what the minimums are.
I never realized how much that stuff costs to move when its as heavy as some of it is.
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You can move smaller mills with some ingenuity. Granted it is a smaller 800-900 ish lb horizontal mill. A Bridgeport with a Prototrak control is on my list someday. Most guys use come alongs and wood to drag a mill onto a low deck trailer.
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When you start getting heavy cast iron or steel machines the pounds add up fast and a lot of movers will just flat tell you to find someone else.

Always find a mover before you purchase something like a milling machine. That is unless it is a table top model.
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When I looked into getting a mill many of the ads said they could load it on a trailer for you. Would you be able to off load it? I bet so.

Don't forget that many of the Bridgeport style knee mills have 3 phase motors. Just factor that into your budget when shopping.

I came to the conclusion that I should get the smallest mill that would handle my needs. Fortunately my brother in law had a decent mill/drill combo at the time so I didn't get anything.

Good luck with you're decision.
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Price is a little higher than I would want to pay but if you find one of these older Jets I know a few guy s who swear by them for light work. Its also 110V and has a DRO.
http://baltimore.craigslist.org/tls/5375890411.html
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you probably already know this, but I have a buddy who is a mover, and he said you wouldn't believe the people that buy stuff before finding out what it costs to move it, at least what the minimums are.
I never realized how much that stuff costs to move when its as heavy as some of it is.
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When you start getting heavy cast iron or steel machines the pounds add up fast and a lot of movers will just flat tell you to find someone else.

Always find a mover before you purchase something like a milling machine. That is unless it is a table top model.
I plan to move it myself. I have an 8k forklift in my shop. I have a 10k trailer that I can move it on if needed. Also have access to a rollback and other larger equipment if needed but I think the forklift should be able to handle it.

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When I looked into getting a mill many of the ads said they could load it on a trailer for you. Would you be able to off load it? I bet so.

Don't forget that many of the Bridgeport style knee mills have 3 phase motors. Just factor that into your budget when shopping.

I came to the conclusion that I should get the smallest mill that would handle my needs. Fortunately my brother in law had a decent mill/drill combo at the time so I didn't get anything.

Good luck with you're decision.
If they can load it, I can def get it unloaded.

I have 3 phase service at my shop already. Just would have to get it hooked up.

I currently have a small mill/drill/lathe combo unit that my grandfather bought about 10 years ago. He used it for 1 big project and it has been sitting ever since. Plan to get it out and start playing with it, but know I will need a bigger machine in the long run.
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Do you have any space limitations? Are you opposed to 3 phase?? Will you want power feeds??
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40x90 building so I have space. I have 3 phase so that's no problem.

What do you mean by power feed?
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40x90 building so I have space. I have 3 phase so that's no problem.

What do you mean by power feed?

A motorized feed table so you don't have to crank a handle all day.


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