This Bridgeport has obviously seen better days, but the seller seems honest.
Is the opening bid too high?
I would say so. My Bridgeport J-1 cams out of a school, original flaking on all ways and on table for $1000. It's tight and quiet.
Now you know the difference between RI and CA. I think location has alot to do with how much machine you can get for x amount of dollars. Around here that machine absolutely would bring a grand at auction IMHO. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Location is a consideration. It's about 1 1/2 hours away, so I could pick it up.
They aren't exactly falling from the sky around here.
Yea and that is not a common find for $1k either.
Plus this is a 2J 2hp head with a 48" table which is a totally different animal then a standard 1j. I think its a great price for the west coast especially.
Even for California it has no redeeming qualities, the only thing I can see is the
vari-speed as a plus, but nothing else. IMHO
you would be better off spending $1500-$2000 and
getting one in better shape. There is no vise,
no power feed, DRO, etc, etc. As neglected
and battered as it is, the vari-speed is probably
bad too, don't make the same mistake the seller
did, unless he sells it for $500 or less. The
"Bridgeport" name is worthless if someone threw
her off a cliff and left her in saltwater
for 10 years.
Wilbilt, check out this thread.
The guy mentioned is near Livermore, a few hours' drive from you, but he's probably worth visiting. When I was there (I used to live in Oakland), he had a really nice clone for $1800 (which I should have bought), and a variety of Bridgeports starting at $2700 or so, I think. He goes over all his machines with a fine-toothed comb - scraping, tuning, replacing whatever parts need it - and won't sell anything until it's running perfectly. He does a great job repainting them, too. I'd never before had the privilege of running a mill on which everything worked as it should, and I can tell you it's very nice! If you're interested, I think I still have his contact info. If not, Bothunter will.
I would still rather have that mill then this "classic"
I think the opening bid of $950 is more than fair. I sold a very similar mill here in Minnesota last winter for $1800 and could've sold more than one at that price.
Wow, I had a Bridgeport very similar to the "classic" above, an old round ram that I sold last year. But mine had recently - last 10 years - been rebuilt with ball screws, it had an Anilam dro, and much better ways and table. I was the second owner. Sold it for less than what that dealer got. Amazing what a pretty paint job and a big ad will do for the selling price.
I guess it was too much. It didn't sell.
Maybe the seller will relist at a lower price.
He did say he was losing money on the deal, so maybe he won't relist.
I just hope he doesn't paint it blue... :rolleyes: