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Value of a near new condition 1962 Bridgeport mill?

rivett608

Diamond
Joined
Oct 25, 2002
Location
Kansas City, Mo.
Hello All,

I have been asked by the family of a good friend who passed away what the current value of some of his machines are. I know lots about real old stuff but not as much about what I think of newer, pretty scary something made in 1962 is considered newer.

The machine in question is a Bridgeport, I think made in 1962, maybe 2 or at most 3 owners, never used in industry. It is a short table version, manual speed change, 3 ph with new 220 v rotatory converter. Machine is in pristine condition with no wear or bearing issues (I got my 1968 Clausing lathe years ago from the same original shop that is like new). It is in the mid-Atlantic region of the country since location has an effect on pricing. Currently not for sale.

So what is the current value for a minty Bridgeport these days?

Thanks.
 

texasgeartrain

Titanium
Joined
Feb 23, 2016
Location
Houston, TX
Which model ? Of J head, or M head i would think J head worth more. But both normally cost less than a Series 1.

Just a rough guess, but Id probably expect a J head to fall $500 to a $1000 cheaper than the average Series 1 price of the area. And I own and very much like a J head.

Not to mention a J head had a starring role alongside Elvis and Ann Margret in Viva Las Vegas, 1964. The engine shop that has Elvis' new racecar engine at beginning of film. :D
 

thermite

Diamond
So what is the current value for a minty ^^^ 60 year-old model of a third-rate execution of a 1920's design theme ^^^ Bridgeport these days?

Thanks.

Kinda hard to ascertain.

How many fools are there with money enough to outbid other fools with money?

Figure that one, out, you might be the next President....... of the United States.

Now a vintage Gorton...

:)
 

gustafson

Diamond
Joined
Sep 4, 2002
Location
People's Republic
While I am pretty sure my retirement machine would be a CNC, it used to be a short table short knee bridgeport. They are such a sweet machine to run. Step pulleys are quiet, short table means you are never leaning over to turn a handle.

Yes they are limited in power and rigidity, but within their means they are a nice machine to run

Because it is a short table most will not value it highly , ditto the step pulley, but if it really is that nice it must be worth a couple grand

There was one like that at a local military r+d lab a friend worked at, never found out what happened to it when they closed it, but it was like perfect
 

bsg

Titanium
Joined
Jan 17, 2003
Location
Imlay City, Michigan
Hello All,

I have been asked by the family of a good friend who passed away what the current value of some of his machines are. I know lots about real old stuff but not as much about what I think of newer, pretty scary something made in 1962 is considered newer.

The machine in question is a Bridgeport, I think made in 1962, maybe 2 or at most 3 owners, never used in industry. It is a short table version, manual speed change, 3 ph with new 220 v rotatory converter. Machine is in pristine condition with no wear or bearing issues (I got my 1968 Clausing lathe years ago from the same original shop that is like new). It is in the mid-Atlantic region of the country since location has an effect on pricing. Currently not for sale.

So what is the current value for a minty Bridgeport these days?

Thanks.

Depends on what accessories and tooling come with it, if any?
Short table version, is it 36" or 42", will make a difference?
Another factor, is there loading available or is it in a basement and has to be taken apart?

I would think the high end would be in the $5000 range.......a lot of variables!

Kevin
 

thermite

Diamond
While I am pretty sure my retirement machine would be a CNC, it used to be a short table short knee bridgeport. They are such a sweet machine to run. Step pulleys are quiet, short table means you are never leaning over to turn a handle.
Easily as important to some among us, the "short table" is hardly ever bent like a freakin' banana.

BeePee's long tables are about a third short of the vertical depth of ignorant Iron, and/or/also wider underside support they would have needed to avoid that droop.

As other tables that long usually did avoid, or at least greatly reduce as to unsupported overhang effect.
 

Hodge

Stainless
Joined
Jul 30, 2008
Location
spartanburg sc
Depends on what accessories and tooling come with it, if any?
Short table version, is it 36" or 42", will make a difference?
Another factor, is there loading available or is it in a basement and has to be taken apart?

I would think the high end would be in the $5000 range.......a lot of variables!

Kevin


This was the figure in my mind. You surely could not buy this type of quality new today. For a smaller shop or hobby guy the smaller table should be a plus. Also being wired with the convertor should make it attractive to a larger group. With decent care it will last several lifetimes.

I would buy it if i just had the room.....

Hodge
 

CarbideBob

Diamond
Joined
Jan 14, 2007
Location
Flushing/Flint, Michigan
All depends on finding a buyer who wants it.
I would think 5000 way high for the toolmaker sized machine. I have owned six of them from right around this vintage.
Rpc and tooling does add but I'd be more in the 3K range for the base machine if in really good condition.
I love this little machine but at 5... no.
Bob
 

svs

Hot Rolled
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Apr 16, 2004
Location
Riverdale, Nebraska, USA
Earlier this week a couple guys felt this filthy thing was worth $5k.

Name brand mislabeled as a “Practical Machinist “ helped I guess?
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Tom A

Cast Iron
Joined
Apr 26, 2009
Location
NW Florida
I think location is a huge factor - Down here in Florida I regularly see Bridgeports selling for unrealistic prices, often for worn out looking machines, up north, not so much.
 
Joined
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Location
marysville ohio
Currently not for sale.

So what is the current value for a minty Bridgeport these days?

Thanks.[/QUOTE]

This means it is worthless, machines are worth whatever you can get for them. since it is not for sale you will get nothing for it, that makes it worth nothing.
 

plumberpieco

Cast Iron
Joined
Feb 27, 2010
Location
cleveland
I had a one owner J head 42” single phase similar era used sparingly at a home tinkerers shop and sold as a best offer with various new tooling in boxes all US made stuff. The buyer was going to spend $7,500 on a supposedly rebuilt Bridgeport locally. I asked what’s that rebuild consist of, a tear down, oiling and pretty paint? He made the offer and I got close to what the rebuilder wanted. Now by no means is that an accurate benchmark as to what the OP’s is worth without proper comparison. Obviously my buyer knew exactly what he wanted and knew what he was looking at. Joe Schmo average isn’t going to buy at that price point either. I made it well aware to buyers before they came out that 1 it was going to be worth the trip 2 it was going to cost them so be prepared.
 

michiganbuck

Diamond
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Jun 28, 2012
Location
Mt Clemens, Michigan 48035
Bridgeport Mill Series I 9"x 48" 2J 2.0 hp - tools - by dealer - sale

(Note: this is a highly respected shop)

Yours may be worth 7k and you may be lucky to get $4.000

It all depends on the market and finding the guy who is willing to spend x dollars.

RE: Mid Atlantic is a big place..You might mention the state and get some interest here.

Looks like new is roughly 20-25 K.

A shame it is not a mint 1962 Ford Mustang
 
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Jim Christie

Titanium
Joined
Mar 14, 2007
Location
L'Orignal, Ontario Canada
Depending on what it is ,the rotary phase converter may have some value on it's own.

It might be worth lining up a potential buyer just for that alone in case a buyer for the mill had no need for it .

Perhaps no sale of either alone without a sure sale of the other to someone else may yield a little more value for the seller.

Close to 30 years ago I bought my large rotary phase converter that was for sale with a lathe and a mill.
All I really wanted was the converter and transformer.

The seller wanted to sell all together or not at all so I decided to take the mill as well and arranged for a friend to take the lathe.
Jim
 

rivett608

Diamond
Joined
Oct 25, 2002
Location
Kansas City, Mo.
Thanks guys, The machine will most likely not come on the public market, I have been asked to value it between friends that are the sellers and buyers. What I can say is that this has a LOT of tooling and accessorizes with it, a whole roller cabinet tools chest full.

Your numbers are in the range I expected.
 

partsproduction

Titanium
Joined
Aug 22, 2011
Location
Oregon coast
Well, it's commonly said that you will end up paying about as much for the tooling.

Personally I'd always rather choose my own tooling as a lot of tooling is dependent on the jobs being considered. So for me the tooling, and the RPC, would have little value, maybe to pick and choose some of the tooling at a bargain price would. I hope I never am forced to have a phase converter instead of three phase power in a machine shop.

I've been asked to buy the contents of tool boxes several times, and every time I had a soft heart about it I ended up with tools I never use.
 

jaguar36

Cast Iron
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May 13, 2015
Location
SE, PA
I would say its worth somewhere in the 2-3k range. That's ignoring tooling since you haven't given any details and thats very hard to quantify. Not to mention that tooling frequently doesn't increase the value very much. Condition is pretty hard to value, and unless it looks really pristine it won't increase the price a ton. Its just too hard to quantify. The short bed and step pulleys are easy to see. Folks are going to be looking for a VFD not a rotary phase convertor too.

As others have said though, its highly location dependent. In the south Bridgeports seem to sell for a whole lot more than around me. I would guess where you are is at the lower end though.
 








 
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