Gate turret mill

  1. scottmk1

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    The Bridgeport S2 doesn't have the moveable ram or quill does it? idI much prefer a machine that does as I use it for everything, and I generally find the Bridgeport S1 that I have manages ok for the most part but have to be gentle with it at times!
     
  2. Hood

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    The manual one does.
     
  3. Hood

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    A series 2 or II as it is often written as.
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  4. scottmk1

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    Nice, better think about a trade in!!
     
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  5. Hood

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    Better looking for other makes though such as Beaver and TOS as the Bridgeport name commands a premium price for no better a machine.
     
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  6. scottmk1

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    Ok, thanks for the pointers. I will do some research on the other machines
     
  7. MattH

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    Also KRV and Europa.
     
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    Ranbaudi if you can find one is a monster.
     
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  9. Hood

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    Yes many out there and most as good if not better than Bridgeport.
    The Taiwanese ones are usually pretty good as they have been doing them for a long time.
     
  10. Hood

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    Friend had one and it was a lovely machine, also had an output for a horizontal shaft.
     
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  12. scottmk1

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    Haha well i can afford some swarf at least. Maybe he will sell the mill for another tenner lol.

    KRV and Europa added to the list.
     
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    Not familiar with the Elliot but then again I’ve only had milling machines in the last year,

    I sold my Bridgeport I restored and have just bought a 1999 xyz DPM 3 axis bed mill for my new welding and fabrication business

    It was filthy when I picked it up, think it had all 20 years of chips and coolant still on it!

    got it online from a machinary auction for £2900 including fees,
    A weeks clean and £280 updating it from floppy drive to usb drive and it’s great,

    5.5hp, iso40 spindle with M16 air power drawbar, air brake, huge table

    2.3 ton machine with big box type ways, my hand in picture for comparisison lol

    Also I just bought 10 tool holders iso40 from MiloTools and brand new they were £16.50 each plus vat

    Thanks
    Marc
     
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  15. pressbrake1

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    I really like those prototrack bed mills, I’ve been tempted a few times

    My favourite turret mill is the tos fnk 25 it’s the real thing

    The Yugoslav gates are nice and strong but not quite tos quality

    There’s a rare adcock and Shipley mill (I’ve only every seen one) that’s close to four tonnes with a 50int spindle. Indian exporters got it before I could get my boots on.
    Would have been perfect for re machining lathe saddles etc
     
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  16. ronan

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    There are tos lathes at work and they are ancient, still bang on the money accuracy wise, and still tight. They are miles ahead of a lot of the western european stuff of a similar age. Colchesters half their age are whiney and sloppy, basically worn out, not the tos's.
     
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  17. scottmk1

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    I've seen a couple of FNK25 mill's so I might take a closer look at them.
     
  18. scottmk1

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    That XYZ is nice, I have my eye on a KRV 3000, and there seems to be a few very similar, a Lilian, Dugard, Baron Max etc, all very similar looking machines but one reason I like the XYZ machines is it's easy to get parts, which could be important if buying and older machine.
     
  19. pressbrake1

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    The Taiwan Bridgeport clones are much much better than Bridgeport’s . Actually that statement is wrong, they are heavier but not as accurate as a Bridgeport would have been new though they hold their accuracy better if that makes sense.
    King rich is the best of them and what xyz prototracs are built on

    If you can find a tos it’s a different class of machine with proper feeds instead of those poop align feed boxes. Rigidity is in another class
     
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  20. scottmk1

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    My Bridgeport is fairly old and although not clapped out I cringe when trying take a decent cut, and you can forget climb milling. Most of my work is not super accurate and sometimes I just want to hog that material off. I'll do a bit more reading and searching regarding the TOS machines. I've seen one for sale that looks in reasonable nick going by the photos.
     
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