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Used Bridgeport vs. new Jet, TurnPro, Grizzly, Enco, etc.

seafarer

Plastic
Joined
Apr 22, 2022
Hi folks,
Long time reader, first time posting. I have gained a lot of info from this forum so thanks to all of you.
I'm in a position where I need to upgrade my current benchtop mill for a full size machine. I've been looking at both new and used machines. The upside to a new machine is the chance of it being abused/worn is pretty slim. cost wise seems to be in the $8-12k range. Used I've been seeing Bridgeports for $4-9k.
New I can order online and have it delivered. Used I have to make the journey to check it out and if bought, find a way to get it back to the shop. Also time spent checking out machine(s).
I've gotten to the point where I've overthought this and stuck in my tracks so I thought I'd reach out to all of you for some feedback.
Thanks in advance,
Seafarer
 

RH68

Cast Iron
Joined
Aug 14, 2005
Location
Manchester, MD
With that budget you can buy a nice used Fadal VMC and be light years ahead of a knee mill. If you really want a new knee mill I’d suggest a Lagun over a Bport.
 

Illinoyance

Stainless
Joined
Aug 24, 2015
About 12 yr. ago I needed to purchase a full sized mill. I was planning on buying a used Bridgeport. After looking at the price and condition of the used BPs I decided to buy a new Sharp mill. I never regretted the purchase.
 

AdamC

Cast Iron
Joined
Jun 16, 2011
Location
SE PA
I get the thought process as applied to a lathe, but a mill? A manual mill? Maybe I'm off base, but I don't think wear affects mills in the same way it affects lathes.

There are so many decent BPs out there so cheap, I don't get why one would chose a new Chinese or Taiwan tool. I bought my BP for $500. It looks just like these:
1 HP BRIDGEPORT MILL 5″ QUILL TRAVEL R-8 TAPER 42″ x 9″ TABLE 8 SPEEDS 80 – 2720 | eBay

Guessing from the color alone, I'd bet these are 1967-68 machines. Mr Pete's is similar. Mine has flaking present on every surface- worn but but worn out. Its ability of make good parts is only limited by its operator.
 








 
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