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    Default What do you experts think of this Bridgport mill?

    Please take a look at this ad.

    Local seller wants $1800. Seems like too much to me.

    I want a Bridgeport to refurbish, and this one could use it.

    Thanks!

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    Wow, that’s dirty. No idea what your local market is like, but $1800 seems way excessive for a tear down and rebuild.

    Can you at least see it in person? Runing? Otherwise, I’d pass.

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    seems like at auctions lately they've been selling for around $1800, clean with power feed and DRO

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    Yeah, Bridgeports grow on trees. You can buy one for $1000. That one would cost you that much just to clean up enough to see what you had...

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    Sorry for misspelling Bridgeport in the thread title. Don't know how to correct it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldwrench View Post
    Yeah, Bridgeports grow on trees. You can buy one for $1000. That one would cost you that much just to clean up enough to see what you had...
    Dunno if there are a ton in Utah
    But don’t like the look of it
    I’d keep looking

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    A variable speed head with 42" table. If local means a hour or less drive then go look at it. The ad says "Not in the best shape".
    You might have some honesty here. And you don't really know what their definition of "antique" is. It's far better to have a old
    heap with dust on it than a heap that is under daily use and getting dirtier by the day.

    (no expert, just a Bridgeport serf)

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    If you are wanting to rebuild it, which this one looks like it needs alot of TLC, are you also talking about doing way work? From the few pics of the ways, it looks like it is pretty worn. I agree with Larry, you can get better condition BPs for this price.

    Jon

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    Busted t slots

    no central oil system

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    It ain't me, but I'd pass on it for sure...the "holy" table is the clincher in my book! You can repair most things but the funky table isn't going to come out looking too good. It's usually a benchmark for the condition of the rest of the machine.

    Stuart

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    Thanks, guys. I will keep looking.

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    Agree with "pass it by".

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    If you don't mind a refurb...low ball at $500. If you are looking for a working mill, then $1500 is about right, but not this mill. One of the issues you run into with Bridgeports is that 10 to 15 years ago you could not find them at any price, so many owners think the values are still high. Today, though, you can find decent Bridgeports at really good prices, because the current trend is CNC. CNC on a Bridgeport is an afterthought at best.

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    I'd assume the owner would take 1500/1200.
    Dirty or light rust I could care less about.
    Pictures or info on care about things are not shown but the one shown is okay.
    I do not think it a bad deal as listed. Others here think it bad which is why you ask for opinions and I am no expert.
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    Rode hard and put away wet, as they say. It could be restored to near-new, but IMO there are way better places to start.

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    Have seen a BP table with fill welds on tslot area and outside edges on table. Slight color variation. Not too bad from a few feet away.

    On that BP table it's not too bad from 50 feet away.

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    Default Could Do Better

    I'd rather pay more for one in better condition, but if that thing is fully functional, it's a better buy than a new $2,500 JET JMD-18 350018 230-Volt 1 Phase Milling/Drilling Machine. That price is on par with machines in my area. I'm sure you can bargain the price down, same as our local Industrial Surplus, but I'd still hold out for a better one, even if you have to pay more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rons View Post
    Have seen a BP table with fill welds on tslot area and outside edges on table. Slight color variation. Not too bad from a few feet away.

    On that BP table it's not too bad from 50 feet away.
    If he could get that BP for cheap, it might be worth a look. For me, it would depend on the condition of the table for starters. I don't like looking at mistakes made by previous users. If the table is OK, then I 'd examine the rest of the machine more closely.

    Sometimes they can get pretty bad, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJD View Post
    If you don't mind a refurb...low ball at $500. If you are looking for a working mill, then $1500 is about right, but not this mill. One of the issues you run into with Bridgeports is that 10 to 15 years ago you could not find them at any price, so many owners think the values are still high. Today, though, you can find decent Bridgeports at really good prices, because the current trend is CNC. CNC on a Bridgeport is an afterthought at best.
    Wow you're generous! I was thinking scrap value or $250, whichever is less. That machine looks like it was in a fire and the building or what was left of it came down on it


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