- Feb 7, 2007
- Aberdeen, UK
Yes around 20,000 to 24,000lbs for these machines. Prices stat in the 150K for a BR50/100 up to 350K for a BR80/200. That's extremely cheap for the size you wont find that price from anywhere. Absolutely fabricated base and columns. Their engineering will gladly do a FEA analysis to tell you what to expect. Take a 80" bridge, park it in the middle of the travel and drill the biggest hole you can. Then park it in the middle of Y axis and mill down the X axis with the biggest cutter you can at the maximum depth. I know where they don't shine its no mystery but where they had weak points in the past they have strengthened those points. Enough to allow a 40hp spindle on these which is about the maximum of a big plus 40 taper. I would never say these are going to walk all over any bridgemill that would be the overstatement of the year. But when you don't need to hog 8"s of 3/8" titanium from a 10,000lb ingot you have an incredible value. I believe they have a table max of 5000lbs evenly distributed. And pictures do not do the scale of the machine any justice. The IKO roller rails and trucks are big. On a 150 machine they have 14 trucks under that table. On our VF10 we have 4 trucks for a 120" travel 50 taper machine.
I wasn't trying to rain on anyone's parade, but your question was will I regret buying it, and my concern is that yes, you might well do.
Laurentian hit the nail on the head when he said it looks like a router. It IS a router, with an extended Z axis. For them to market it as a bridgemill is disingenuous.
In this case, having 7 trucks on each rail is simply a necessity to keep the fab'd table flat, and having only two rails on that size of a table means it's still going to be very flexible.
Again, I'm not knocking the machine at all, provided that it's price reasonably reflects what it is, and provided you're sure that what it is will be suitable for you.