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Old 01-17-2016, 04:11 PM
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Yes that would be preferable, but not a necessity.
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I would strongly advise having power feeds, even if you are just beginning. Cranking and cranking is no fun especially if you want to surface a head or exhaust manifold. If you want a serious dedicated mill i would go with a kearney trecker, cincinnati, or something similar. Those machines also have better power feed systems that will do better than the bridgeport style servo powerfeeds. I run a kearney & trecker 2hl vertical. I seriously advise you to check out kearney trecker machines. The only downfall to kearney trecker machines is they are not DRO friendly. K&t machines also have powerfeeds on every axis from the factory. Prices will be similar between KT and bridgeport, except with the k&t you get 3x the mill.
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I would strongly advise having power feeds, even if you are just beginning. Cranking and cranking is no fun especially if you want to surface a head or exhaust manifold. If you want a serious dedicated mill i would go with a kearney trecker, cincinnati, or something similar. Those machines also have better power feed systems that will do better than the bridgeport style servo powerfeeds. I run a kearney & trecker 2hl vertical. I seriously advise you to check out kearney trecker machines. The only downfall to kearney trecker machines is they are not DRO friendly. K&t machines also have powerfeeds on every axis from the factory. Prices will be similar between KT and bridgeport, except with the k&t you get 3x the mill.
I will look into the K&T machines. It would be nice to have power feed on all 3 axis but figured that would be out of my price range. This is more of a hobby machine for me.

What do you mean DRO?
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Old 01-18-2016, 04:35 AM
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I'm partial to bridgeport's since they were made right by me.
I have two a 1966 j head

And a 1956 round ram.
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What's the difference between a round head and j head?
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I believe a round ram would be an "m head". They are typically older than a "j head" and not as robust as a j head. But thats if i recall correctly.....

Also one method ive used to move this type of equipment is a good heavy crane truck. The local propane company i have connections with. Simply sling the mill/lathe/etc and set it on the crane truck and strap it down. Ive successfully moved several with this fashion.
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Depending on what you want to build you may also look into finding a Bridgeport setup with a Prototrak which is a CNC. I have made plenty off parts with a J head prototrak equipped. The programming is simple conversational programming that any dumby can figure out to program. Prototrak also has DRO mode. DRO just displays positioning. I see Bridgeport with the early prototacks go all the time for 4-5K
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I believe a round ram would be an "m head". They are typically older than a "j head" and not as robust as a j head. But thats if i recall correctly.....

Also one method ive used to move this type of equipment is a good heavy crane truck. The local propane company i have connections with. Simply sling the mill/lathe/etc and set it on the crane truck and strap it down. Ive successfully moved several with this fashion.
Mine is a late round ram with a j head but the older round ram's had a m head. The whole base is smaller and less rigid. For a home shop if I found one for the right price and it wasn't so worn out it was junk i would pick one up. I wouldn't want a j head though. All the older ones will have some amount of wear on the ways and screws. some much more than others though.
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round ram. The later round rams don't have that knuckle like mine and are a little stiffer.
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and this is a dove tail ram.
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