View Full Version : Bridgeport value

02-22-2005, 02:10 AM
Hi Guys
I just got a catalogue for an auction next week they list a series 1 Bridgeport and a year 2000 Bridgeport both have conventional heads and look to be in reasonable condition. How much would they be worth over there?

02-22-2005, 09:17 AM
Hey Down Under,

Sorta like real estate - condition, condition, condition. (And tooling, but most auctions strip out the tooling & sell seperately). Here's one that just sold for $3,000+, well tooled, clean:


This old (1950's) machine just brought $2,000:


Check recent (web)auctions in your area & used machinery dealers. B'ports are probably easier to find in the USA than in Aussie land.

Barry Milton

John Stevenson
02-22-2005, 11:16 AM
Bloody hell, why are these so expensive ??
There is no way you can get anything like these prices here.

Some that have just sold:-

£930 with tooling.


£750, no bids - didn't sell.

£435 Series l CNC all working.

Personally I'd sooner buy something like this:-
30 int taper, 4 hp motor, real power feed and not a watch winding mechanism like a bridgy.

John S.

02-22-2005, 02:30 PM

A friend recently bought a Beaver like the one in your pic. Really nice machine, some tooling, he paid $900US. A few odd features, as with so many things British <LOL>. The "big names" (B'port, South Bend, etc.) always seem to cost the most.

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02-22-2005, 07:04 PM
my opinion bports are way over rated. from the 80's on they are not u.s. made. i looked at a lot of them when i wanted a mill. i finaily bought a new enco. with vaiable speed and power on the x. and read out. for less then a used bport with the same. plus the enco has the new box ways. a better machine then the bport.

02-22-2005, 10:28 PM
Will! have a look at this site. Not sure how far away from you this is but looks like this guy does a good job of reconditioning BP's and he has some to sell.

www.jandlscraping.com (http://www.jandlscraping.com)

I subscribe to the BP group on yahoo and a guy on there just posted some pic's of the work he got done on his machine.
I obviously have no connection with any of this just it looks like this guy does good work. I thought you might be interested.

Here is the link to the pics.



03-15-2005, 09:50 AM
Did you look at this post:

Member posted 03-15-2005 05:08 AM
Another site for tools of all kinds...


Alistair Hosie
03-15-2005, 12:29 PM
Bridgeports as John said are going very reasonably here in the uk ebay I cannot believe how cheaply small horizontal millling machines are making (NEXT TO NOTHING) some going for £45 and thereabouts. Alistair

otto luck
03-15-2005, 12:31 PM
Mr. Alistair Hoeie: When it comes to buying parts for an import, I would be worried about finding the part. Some of those companys come and go, and there always trying to make them less expensive!. Plus does that manufacturer stock repair parts in this country?, can you get parts quickly?. The quality of the parts at times are not the same as BP's. They do alter the machine any way they can, in order to make them less expensive. For most use, there fine. For most budgets, there appealing. Its your preference, as mine was mine. Hope it last you the rest of your life, as I expect my BP too!-- Enjoy Your Machine's, no matter who makes it, the main thing is.... we all have the same interest here!!!---

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03-16-2005, 02:07 PM
The last Bridgeport I picked up was a 1943 Mhead from a retired gent who got it from work(Ct gun plant).It never had a cross screw in it so BPT.rep gave him NOS brand new screws + nuts.Good shape, holds tol.
With the deal came 2 spare complete Mheads,
110 Small end mills (mostly dovetail cutters and angle cutters with small B+S shank - For gun work?) On the way out he threw in a large Porter Cable belt sander (12"x60")---------------Total price$100

03-16-2005, 03:33 PM
I'll send you $50 if you'll send me one of the "spare" M-heads <LOL>!!!