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hansw3
10-31-2007, 12:07 AM
Are there certain manual vertical milling machines that lend themselves to retrofitting easier than others? For my own hobby use at home I'd like to get a vertical mill (Bridgeport or equivalent quality) that would be possible to add onto in future. I have seen there is different types of Bridgeports out there. Would one type be easier for future conversion?

John Stevenson
10-31-2007, 04:25 AM
Hans,
Look for a Bridgeport BOSS CNC mill, they made literally 1,000's of these to go into schools and colleges as training machines but they suffered from flakey electronics of the day.

Many stand unused in very good condition, iron wise but electronically broken.

These are ideal because they were built as CNC and have all the motors, drive system and ball screws in position.
It's possible to gut the electronic and fit moderm components to get these better than they ever were when new.

Even better is that many people have done this and can help with the conversion.
Davif Cofer and Eddie [ Motorworks ] on this board both own these. Eddie uses his in his business on a daily basis.

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thistle
10-31-2007, 08:43 AM
this company has a lot of info that might be usefull to you

http://www.centroidcnc.com/goodmachines.htm