View Full Version : Horizontal milling attachment for BridgePorts

02-08-2010, 12:42 AM
I suddenly have need for the angle head part of the horizontal milling attachment for the BridgePort type mills. I am going to order one tomorrow from CDCO but I am wondering if anyone here has bought one from him and if they like it and the quality of it.

Hear ye, Hear Ye, What say you.

02-08-2010, 08:42 AM
I bought a cheap import BP style horizontal attachment several years ago. I thought the gears felt a little rough so I took it apart figuring I could correct the backlash or make some other adjustment. What I saw inside was frightening. The gears were horrible. I'm surprised they even turned. There was nothing I could do to make them run better and frankly I didn't want to try based on what I had to work with.

Luckily the seller took it back and I was only out shipping. No specific experience with CDCO so maybe their stuff is better.

I bought a well used vintage USA right angle head for similar money. Works great and I didn't even have to take it apart.

My experience only. Others may be different.

02-08-2010, 09:09 AM
That is what is scaring me and I don't have time to tear it down and rebuild it but may have to just return it if I don't like it.

I really should not have put it off and should have been looking for one but you know how that goes.

02-08-2010, 09:35 AM
Someone here posted a light duty horzontal attachment that was homemade using a angle grinder gearbox in a new custom made housing..

02-08-2010, 09:38 AM

Have you got a link to that item at CDCO please.

I couldn't find it at:

02-08-2010, 10:48 AM
:confused: I couldn't find it in the online catalog either.:mad: It's in the paper catalogs he sends out and I wonder why he don't have it listed online.

It's just like the one at Enco here http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=209-1004&PMPXNO=953969&PARTPG=INLMK3 but I don't know if they are both made by the same company. The CDCO is $408 for the same thing Enco is selling.

02-08-2010, 11:39 AM
Why not buy a Burke #3,4, a Nichols, a B&S #0 or similar and have a stout horizontal mill that you can leave setup? Try Craigslist not CDCO

02-08-2010, 12:06 PM
Well, I don't really need a horizontal mill, just the attachment for my MillPort. The angle head can be used for drilling or machining in several ways. For light to medium duty it's a better choice for what I do.

:mad: I called CDCO and the owner said he don't have them in stock now and won't be available for a month or two. I looked on ebay and found several but nothing I wanted as they were to expensive or not complete. I will check Craigslist to see what's there.

Everything I have bought from CDCO has been good except for the edge finder.

02-08-2010, 07:25 PM
Their is at least one on e-bay now. and they usually go for around $450.00And they are BP units.

02-08-2010, 08:12 PM
A buddy of mine has the cdco model and it works great comes with the extra support arm that goes on the ram. I'm going to get one from them since the auction prices are over the top around here and half the stuff is near worn out

Davo J
02-09-2010, 02:21 AM
Here is a link to a fellow that fitted one. Might help you some?

02-09-2010, 03:36 AM
+1 for ebay...the bringer of all things.

uncle pete
02-09-2010, 08:50 AM
Could you post the link for that, I'd be definately interested.


Davo J
02-09-2010, 05:19 PM
Hope it comes through this time for you.

02-09-2010, 05:42 PM
+1 for ebay...the bringer of all things.

ebay is too mainstream now....rare to see a bargain on it these days, at least in this country...

02-09-2010, 07:49 PM
I didn't find any reasonable prices there for the attachment and the complete attachments of angle head, arbor and end bearing mount were double the price from supply houses.

uncle pete
02-09-2010, 07:58 PM
Thanks for that, Some good information there.


02-09-2010, 08:08 PM
plazamachinery.com has used ones for 350.00


Davo J
02-10-2010, 02:17 AM
I think that fellow (Bogstandard) does a good job on right ups and reveiws of different things. If you search that site there might be somthing else of interest to you also.
I am not sure if there is any more info for you, but he posts on this site below as well,
which is where he bought his mill and lathe from.

02-10-2010, 02:46 AM
I'm often painfully cheap on something I need only rarely, and consequently still looking for one of these after quite some time. I've seen some cheap imports used but like new condition for very cheap. Looked never used, felt terrible when operated by hand, so I passed. I suspect this is what you would get from Shars, CDCO and the like. So, while I do purchase things like tool blocks from them, I wouldn't go that route on tooling like this. Might be ok for the rare use, but not for me with what you get for that price.

Very nearly bought a few well worn Bridgeport brand that still felt good for fairly cheap, but invariably had some damage, or missing support, and I just couldn't see putting that much into something that I need only rarely, and can generally work around for only little more trouble than setting the darn thing up to start with. So I continue casually looking...