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torker
01-07-2007, 12:55 AM
Hey guys! Just wondering what the J heads are selling for in the US. I'm really liking the idea of mounting one on my old Ohio #2. A fellow down south put one on his and is sending me pics of it tomorrow.
Yikes! I looked in the KBC (Canada)catalog and their 8 spd head is over $3500 Cnd after taxes. For another $1500 I could buy the whole mill.
I've seen one BP (vari-spd) head on Ebay up here in the last couple years. It was thrashed and still sold for a lot.
It'd be a good setup I think. I'd have the three mechanical power feeds on the #2 plus the versatile BP functions.
Thanks!
Russ

swarfed
01-07-2007, 02:06 AM
The ones I've seen for sale on ebay are usually around US$750 for the head, plus shipping. Evan may be able to point you to a dealer up in BC where you could find one too...

torker
01-07-2007, 08:11 PM
Thanks swarfed! Geez...that'd be a nice deal. I've been looking on google...hear of some guys spending from a couple hundred to over $3000USD to rebuild a genuine BP head. Makes the KBC head look a little better.
Russ
**Just found this in the US. I'd rather have a J head though.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/BRIDGEPORT-M-MILLING-HEAD-fits-round-ram-Bridgeport_W0QQitemZ280067147113QQihZ018QQcategory Z104242QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

John Stevenson
01-07-2007, 08:25 PM
Bloody hell, Take a visit to the UK, you can buy a complete Bridgy for 500 to 750 here and throw the rest away,just take the head home.:D

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BRIDGEPORT-BRJ-TURRET-MILLING-MACHINE_W0QQitemZ140066508809

Or just a horizontal with a clamp on head for just 99

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Milling-Machine-Bridgeport-Head_W0QQitemZ220063207478

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torker
01-07-2007, 08:43 PM
Bloody hell, Take a visit to the UK, you can buy a complete Bridgy for 500 to 750 here and throw the rest away,just take the head home.:D

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BRIDGEPORT-BRJ-TURRET-MILLING-MACHINE_W0QQitemZ140066508809

Or just a horizontal with a clamp on head for just 99

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Milling-Machine-Bridgeport-Head_W0QQitemZ220063207478

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That's just sick :(

lazlo
01-07-2007, 09:53 PM
The ones I've seen for sale on ebay are usually around US$750 for the head, plus shipping.

I've been watching Ebay for a J-Head for awhile, and they've been going for $350 - $500.

Here are some recent auctions:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280024471779
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130036238487
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130036240211
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130036241485
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130036243814
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150033892261

wierdscience
01-07-2007, 11:06 PM
Yep,about $750-1,000 for a step pulley J-head in decent shape.A wornout J-head mill in working shape still brings $3000-3500.

Had I known you were in the market I could have got you one for $25.There was a flooded(saltwater) J-head b-port that sold for that at the last sale.The motor was stuck,but not the spindle or the quill.

torker
01-07-2007, 11:40 PM
Darin...lol! I'd have paid the $25...no problem...
This is a very recent idea. I was going to buy a BP clone new but this makes a lot of sense with my small shop...least til I find a bigger one.
Geez...here's a whole cornycopea of J heads
http://cgi.ebay.ca/BRIDGEPORT-LOVERS-1-LOT-J-HEAD-MISC-SUPPLIES_W0QQitemZ7605176835QQihZ017QQcategoryZ633 QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

wierdscience
01-08-2007, 12:01 AM
Others here may or may not agree,but it has been my experience that horizonal mills fitted with vertical heads aren't that great,even if they are purpose built that way.

Something always seems to be either in the way of a setup or the travel is too short or something.Even the Polish universal mill at work has problems.It's a versitle mill,but it almost never gets used,it's too big a PITA.The b-port draws 99% of the work.

Unless you can do it cheap,I would hold out for a b-port clone.A friend just bought one to replace his mill drill,it's safe to say he is not going back:D

torker
01-08-2007, 12:28 AM
That's why I keep coming back here. I don't have a PB head to measure to see how it'd work. I'm still waiting to see the pics of the same mill as mine to see how it looks. I was thinking that a 180 pound head wouldn't be the nicest thing to lift off if you needed the room. I guess you'd swing it out of the way then have to retram etc.
This guy mounted one to a really old horizontal...
http://www.antique-engine.com/shop/shop.htm

lazlo
01-08-2007, 09:10 AM
I've been looking for a J-Head to mount on my Burke Millrite (to get power downfeed). The Burke uses the same bolt hole pattern as Bridgeport, so it's plug-n-play.

mullinmach
01-08-2007, 07:44 PM
I have a Bridgeport 2j variable speed head coming in at the end of the week. If you call me at 917-974-7381 or e-mail I will have pictures and a price. I do not have a price yet as I should check it out thoroughly first. I also have a very large amount of machinery and tooling. Thanks, Marcus

Scishopguy
01-09-2007, 01:39 PM
Russ,

One of the shops across campus from mine had an old cincinnati horizontal / vertical mill that was acquired from government surplus. It was missing the vertical head and they didn't have any tooling for the horizontal spindle so they grafted an old J head BP to it. It was ugly as a mooses butt, but the table on it was much larger and longer, and had power feeds in all axises. I used it a couple times when I had some large work pieces to do and it was a fine machine. Good luck with the Ohio. You have done a great job on it so far.

torker
01-09-2007, 02:38 PM
Thanks again guys!
Jim...I'm getting into the nasty "last" part of the restoration. You know...the scraping, sanding, cussing...painting part. I really hate that part. I am going very slowly...cuz I hate refinishing. Lots of work but it'll be worth it to see the ol' gurl in top shape again. Still have to clean out the sumps....seems to be three different ones. The very bottom one has a liquid from hell in it. Might have to call in the "Toxic Squad" to clean that one :D
Russ