View Full Version : Arrrrrrrrgh! Where Did All The Bridgeports Go?!

Liger Zero
06-04-2010, 01:49 PM
I mean seriously! Not that long ago there were over a dozen on Craigslist in the area now I can only find two... and they SUCK.

I didn't need a Bridgeport then I need one NOW... grumble. Time to take a drive out to Dock Hardware I guess. (Like I needed an excuse!)

Next time CL is flooded with Bridgeports I guess I'll have to buy them all in case there is a shortage again. :D

06-04-2010, 02:09 PM
There seems to be a good supply on the Craigslists around New England. I'd go look at any of them if you need it.

Liger Zero
06-04-2010, 02:15 PM
Naah, no need I'll go to Dock Hardware and pick one up. Would have rather purchased from an individual... but I "need it now" to support a project I have in the pipe.

06-05-2010, 11:40 AM
I just purchased a pair of Series II NC's that have been converted to Mach3. One has been moved into the shop. We'll get the other one tomorrow. Now to finish installing the rotary converter and some additional lines.


06-05-2010, 03:47 PM
Here...the joint is lousy with 'em.


Doesn't mean they're cheap though!

06-05-2010, 05:16 PM
You freaking East Coasters are just too spoiled - a 'J' Head for $550


I was about to brag about Bridgy prices finally coming down on the West Coast $1500 - 2000 and then I see the that

Liger Zero
06-05-2010, 05:50 PM
Yeah but look at the rest of the prices. Assume that J is junk.

06-05-2010, 06:03 PM
but I "need it now" to support a project I have in the pipe.

hmmmm, need it urgently.....pipe......

You are doing something for BP aren't you.. :D

Liger Zero
06-05-2010, 06:06 PM
Yes I am building a gigantic servo-driven ass-kicking machine that the government is going to use to "motivate" BP's upper layer officers. :D

Actually years ago I converted one into a rather sophisticated "heat staking" machine and I suddenly find myself needing to do so again. Don't want to tie up my existing bridgeport for the duration of the project.

Ohio Mike
06-05-2010, 06:41 PM
And your situation is exactly why the machine dealer prices are so high. When a business shop needs a machine they often need it the day before yesterday.

06-05-2010, 06:53 PM
I looked for a decent one that I could afford for more than ten years. I never could find one. I finally got a line on my present big Webb and that's as close as I could come. I'm just as happy.

For the record, I never saw a Bridgeport that didn't have at least ten holes in the table and never saw one that was less than $3,500 in bad shape.

I paid somewhat less than that for the Webb and with some replacement parts I was good to go.

06-06-2010, 08:13 AM
I have to pull a 1J out of a friend's basement and sell it for his mother. It's down in cape cod. Not sure of the condition of the ways yet, but his father was meticulous. Has a DRO as well. Just can't line up a time to get it, and don't really have the space to store it here.

(I am currently enjoying some new space after selling a rockwell mill, SB 9" with a 4.5 foot bed, and a 8' bed pratt lathe. Just in time for the other 10" pratt lathe I just got in.)

06-07-2010, 01:46 PM
Rumor has it that some guy in Great Britian, or whatever they call themselves these days, is going to put the torch to his soon. That or drag it out to the nearest RR track for a short violent death. Maybe you could arrange a deal?

Liger Zero
06-07-2010, 03:46 PM
Offer to post the video to youtube.

"Train Vs Milling Machine" :D

06-07-2010, 07:19 PM
A bunch of Bridgeports are hiding jn my shop waiting for me to recover from a broken collar bone, so I can recondition them!!!

06-07-2010, 07:29 PM
Stimulate the economy and buy a new one!!

06-07-2010, 07:50 PM
Some "good stuff" for BP owners:

Buy a "new old" BP, put your money where your mouth is and support Hardinge and the US economy: