if anybody knows of 1 forsale with in a reasonable driving distance of mich.PLEASE pm me.THANKS Gary
X2 there are plenty of quality machine's out there that don't come with the "bridgeport" upchargeGary,
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.
Thanks for the info.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 .
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) 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?
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 .
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....lolThey've come down in price since you probably looked at them. I think the one for my 2hp bridgeport was around $150?