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if anybody knows of 1 forsale with in a reasonable driving distance of mich.PLEASE pm me.THANKS Gary
 

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Gary,
Look for an off brand vertical mill. The name "Bridgeport" doubles the price it seems. There are alot of good vertical mills out there for cheap, Bridgeport I think cornered the market, therefore everyone thinks they are worth gold.
 

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While there are plenty of other nice mills, you cant really beat a bridgeport. Some of them are clones and you can interchange parts. Save yourself the trouble and don't buy any chinese mill.
 

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Gary,
Look for an off brand vertical mill. The name "Bridgeport" doubles the price it seems. There are alot of good vertical mills out there for cheap, Bridgeport I think cornered the market, therefore everyone thinks they are worth gold.
X2 there are plenty of quality machine's out there that don't come with the "bridgeport" upcharge
 

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look for EXCELLO , FIRST, ACRA , BRIDGEPORT , LAGUN , all are quality machine with similar features seen them as cheap as $1500 with DRO and servo feeds , most sizes are typically a 9"x42" or a 9"x49" table , some of the bigger models are 10"x51" or 10"x54" most will also have a R8 spindle taper , some of the bigger machines with be a #40 taper , stay away from the #30 taper they may be cheap but the taper can be hard to find at times , . also some machines may be found with a Morse taper in the spindle avoid those as well . if you where closer i know a couple machines local to me that could be had for a good price .
 

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Bridgeport if your looking for repeatablity

If its one offs then less will do just fine
 

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look for EXCELLO , FIRST, ACRA , BRIDGEPORT , LAGUN , all are quality machine with similar features seen them as cheap as $1500 with DRO and servo feeds , most sizes are typically a 9"x42" or a 9"x49" table , some of the bigger models are 10"x51" or 10"x54" most will also have a R8 spindle taper , some of the bigger machines with be a #40 taper , stay away from the #30 taper they may be cheap but the taper can be hard to find at times , . also some machines may be found with a Morse taper in the spindle avoid those as well . if you where closer i know a couple machines local to me that could be had for a good price .
Thanks for the info.
 

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one thing to remember is a lot of the times the machines are being sold for a reason , they are getting worn on the ways and gibs so becarefull you don,t find a worn out whore that has been beat-on , the shop beside me rotates their machines once they get a few thou of wear , mind you they are a mold shop , but none the less i have seen some machines that where only good for counterweights and anchors LOL
 

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there's one in the for sale section. (misc parts)
 

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I wasnt telling you to buy a chinese knock off...but instead another good old american made piece. Their are plenty of others out there...Bridgeports are just the most expensive.
 

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Since you live in Michigan you shouldn't have a problem finding one. I found an amazing deal on a bridgeport with a 2J head (variable speed). I paid $1000 and that included a DRO, coolant sprayer, electrical box, chromed ways and x axis power feed. Everything was in good condition and I've been using it for a year or so now. Make sure you get a sensorless vector style VFD to use with it. There really isn't any better way to power it than a VFD so don't even think about a rotary phase converter or static phase converter!
 

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rotary phases work if you set them up right , mine is 5yrs old and has been trouble free and it gets used 20 to 30 hrs a week
 

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hell i ran my lathe with a static phase converter for 4 or 5 years then i blew it up (couldn't run the machine on high which was fine but try a couple times:rolleyes:) it worked fine. built a rotary phase converter and it runs fine. my machine is a 7.5HP machine.

just have to remember with a static converter you motor has basically 1/3 the power it does on 3 phase or a rotary.

guy i used to work with has a HAAS VF-1 CNC he runs on a rotary and it has worked fine for the last 6 years or so

so whats wrong with a static or rotary converter?
 

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Because they're more expensive and less efficient. There is no reason with modern technology to continue using outdated equipment such as rotary phase converters and static phase converters.

I ran rotary phase converters for years until I realized I should have been using VFD's this whole time. They are silent, waste no electricity, and give the motor full power, are able to adjust speed digitally, and cost less.

hell i ran my lathe with a static phase converter for 4 or 5 years then i blew it up (couldn't run the machine on high which was fine but try a couple times:rolleyes:) it worked fine. built a rotary phase converter and it runs fine. my machine is a 7.5HP machine.

just have to remember with a static converter you motor has basically 1/3 the power it does on 3 phase or a rotary.

guy i used to work with has a HAAS VF-1 CNC he runs on a rotary and it has worked fine for the last 6 years or so

so whats wrong with a static or rotary converter?
 

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i run 2 machines at once at times and have multiple motors with different HP ratings on each machine to set it up for VFD was gonna be very costly and time consuming i chatted with 2 electrical engineers that i know and the company i bought my RFD thru and they all recommended the set-up i have , for a single machine a VFD can be the best design .
 

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We have one for sale--we are in Omaha, Nebraska--we ship items all over the world in my other business (restaurant equipment) so if you think you might be interested call 402-390-2388.
 

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They've come down in price since you probably looked at them. I think the one for my 2hp bridgeport was around $150?

i run 2 machines at once at times and have multiple motors with different HP ratings on each machine to set it up for VFD was gonna be very costly and time consuming i chatted with 2 electrical engineers that i know and the company i bought my RFD thru and they all recommended the set-up i have , for a single machine a VFD can be the best design .
 

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They've come down in price since you probably looked at them. I think the one for my 2hp bridgeport was around $150?
where do you get them from? i looked around a little found one place that was like you said $150 ish for a 2hp but the 7.5hp was line $600....ouch my static cost me like $100 i have a rotary now but listening to the motor run gets old....lol
 
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