Agreed! For comparison, I bought a decent condition 2J head (variable speed) with DRO and power X-feed for $1500 - yes, that was a very good deal, made even better by the fact that the seller volunteered to deliver it and set it in place in my garage (!!!) - but I had been looking for a long, long time to find that deal. Had I been willing to spend $2500 or so, I would have secured a similar machine much, much sooner.That’s nuts. Maybe if everything has been scraped true. The table has been flaked, it has a one lube system installed. Digital read out, been repainted and aluminum polished. Way too much. Look for a community college tech school that might be upgrading. Then $4000 might be a good buy.
I’m no expert as mine is not up and running as of yet. The fact that it has either a morse taper, Brown and Sharp or another taper which escapes me. R8 is the standard taper which is in basic use. The M head is limited to perhaps a 3/4 inch mill. I will push this limit. Mine has a 1/2 HP motor. It is round ram and not dovetailed ram which is going to be more ridgid. And in milling Ridgitiy is tandamount. Also, it does not have power down feed. if you can live with all of this and one appears at the right price. It’s a well made machine. In my case, an Atlas vertical milling attachment on my lathe.Quote by Hopsteiner "I well understand. There was no shedding of tears as that M head departed. The J would be a big upgrade"
May I ask what are the problems with a Bridgeport M Head Milling Machine, there is a M head on eBay right now for $1725.00
As I’ve said before, I’m no expert. I’ve never seen a South Bend Mill.Thanks for the information on the spindle taper, sounds like the old South Bend Mill with that 30MM spindle nose, I could live with that even
if I found a South Bend Mill that had some organelle tooling that came with the machine..??
Odd spindle tapers can be worked with. I also have a 1951 Index 55 vertical mill that originally had a B&S #9 taper, Available but certainly not falling out of trees like R8! Wells-Index took my quill with spindle, checked out that the bearings were in good shape and ground an R8 into it. It will now hold R8's as well as the original B&S #9! (I have two horizontal mills with B&S #9 spindles, so have a fair amount of tooling, even a B&S #9 to #7 adapter and a range of #7 collets!)
There’s an M head up on Ebay right now, item number 303591800572, which has been professionally rebuilt. About $2100 or offer. It’s in western Pennsylvania. I know that’s a jaunt for you but better then $4000. Make an offer, figure out the gas, one way trailer rental from Uhaul. Make a ”fun” road trip out of it. A few ratchet straps will hold it in place. It’s about 1500 pounds. Drop the knee, swing the head down, lowering the center of gravity. With gas and motels, maybe $2500 total. Again, maybe you can talk him down. Also, just thought Of this, there’s an app called Uship. Google it. You arrange and negotiate with private individuals to pick up and bring the machine to you. Sounds like this machine was a display, they want to get rid off. M heads aren’t in real high demand as J heads have more bells and whistles. You may have some leverage. Looks like a nice machine. Collets and vise, included.Thanks Bill, I live out west in Utah.