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    Default American Made Bridgeport mounted R8 collet tray?

    Is it possible to find an American made collet tray of the kind that mount to the side of the mill, as popularized by Bridgeport over the previous 50-ish years?

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    I want to purchase two and was surprised and disgusted that I could not find anything but chinese copies.

    And before anyone suggests it, I already have other versions that get placed in other locations. I want this specific style for a reason.

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    I think the ones made in the states "were" the ones being made in the orient now (as in they moved production over there). We had a cast rack like that on each of our BP's. Most had the big "CHINA" cast into them, but an old one had an American makers mark (Enterprise New Castle Del.) on it that seemed to be the only difference in the casting. This is my own speculation, but I think that it's one of those pieces that are simple enough that noone'll bother casting them over here. There a probably some small companies producing them over here but they are likely cutting them out of plate stock rather than casting them.

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    You could talk to Hardinge? I'm not 100% positive this is the right part, since there's no picture or description, but I found it under the "Bridgeport Parts" section on their website.

    ShopHardinge - BP 11490100


    If you like, I can reach out to one of my contacts there and try to find out country of origin and whether it could become available for purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zahnrad Kopf View Post
    Is it possible to find an American made collet tray of the kind that mount to the side of the mill, as popularized by Bridgeport over the previous 50-ish years?
    Craigslist time. Or ask here, maybe in the Bridgeport forum ?

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    I can understand wanting USA quality in a precision part or assembly, but in a collet rack?
    My BP mills have the same rack, from China, purchased from MSC about 30? years ago. Seems like I remember they cost $8.50 at the time. No issues or complaints ever, they hold the collets, etc, just fine. Hardinge can probably supply one with their name cast into it, made in China, for around $85 or $185, To each his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkmc View Post
    I can understand wanting USA quality in a precision part or assembly, but in a collet rack?
    My BP mills have the same rack, from China, purchased from MSC about 30? years ago. Seems like I remember they cost $8.50 at the time. No issues or complaints ever, they hold the collets, etc, just fine. Hardinge can probably supply one with their name cast into it, made in China, for around $85 or $185, To each his own.
    Your point is not lost upon me. It is not always simply about precision. I also understand that some times there simply is no alternative. ( Many/most electronics, for example. ) I'm also the guy that puts effort into purchasing actually American made jeans, boots, shirts, and socks.

    My personal ethos is to try to spend my money in outwardly radiating circles of economic impact. If I need something, I try to spend my money first on my block. If that is not possible, I open it up to my neighborhood. Then, my city. If that is not possible, I'll look to my area, my state, my region, and my Country. I believe in keeping the profit dollar as close to home, as possible.

    I fully understand that one cannot always do so, as well as understand that it is not nearly as important to many others. I still try, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zahnrad Kopf View Post
    I fully understand that one cannot always do so, as well as understand that it is not nearly as important to many others. I still try, though.
    Lost cause, senor. Look around you, how many people here run US-built cnc machines ? If all the natives have gone to the dark side, what use is your symbolism ?

    Nice try tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmanuelGoldstein View Post
    Lost cause, senor. Look around you, how many people here run US-built cnc machines ? If all the natives have gone to the dark side, what use is your symbolism ?

    Nice try tho
    Good job on completely missing his point.

    Nice try tho

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    I have one around here somewhere, I took it off because all it did was collect chips. My collets are in a rack I made in a drawer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucktruck View Post
    Good job on completely missing his point.
    Oh, I got the point. But it's like worrying about that big wooden horse thing on the Tuesday after ... three days past the blood and flames, it's not gonna help very much.

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    One of you guys with a laser should copy the chinese version, makes a run of 20 out of 1/4" plate with a cool logo, and then sell them as made in USA collet racks for $99 shipped.

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