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Tony
08-29-2011, 11:21 AM
Has anyone actually used one of these? Any good?

I'm entertaining buying a real one if I can find it. Anyone in the UK
know who might have these things? nothing on ebay.

Thanks
Tony

Toolguy
08-29-2011, 11:32 AM
I have used one quite a bit over the years. It is a 1st rate tool. As with all things Bridgeport, it is light duty compared to some machines. I found it very capable when used with some common sense. I have one that has very little use, but no machine to mount it on. Maybe I will find it a new home someday.

aboard_epsilon
08-29-2011, 11:38 AM
Yeah. ive got one ..still not got around to putting it on yet

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/aboard_epsilon/bridgeport/slotter.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/aboard_epsilon/bridgeport/slotterpulleys.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/aboard_epsilon/bridgeport/slotterquil.jpg


here's its tool set

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/aboard_epsilon/bridgeport/slottertools.jpg

all the best.markj

Carld
08-29-2011, 11:41 AM
I have used one many times and they do cut internal keyways ok. It is a light duty cut because you can't hog with it but it does a good job if used with respect.

I made our own cutters for it to make keyways and I hope they kept them when I retired.

For what they get for them you have to have a real need for it.

Tony
08-29-2011, 11:45 AM
I made a "homebrew" version some time ago but its not as beefy as I would
have liked. Don't think I have the energy to try to make one again and to
be quite honest haven't ever used a real one so I wouldn't know what was
right and what wasn't.

Keyways and maybe some short splines is all I'd be asking it to do.

mark: that things a beaut' -- where can I get one of my own?

-Tony

aboard_epsilon
08-29-2011, 12:01 PM
I made a "homebrew" version some time ago but its not as beefy as I would
have liked. Don't think I have the energy to try to make one again and to
be quite honest haven't ever used a real one so I wouldn't know what was
right and what wasn't.

Keyways and maybe some short splines is all I'd be asking it to do.

mark: that things a beaut' -- where can I get one of my own?

-Tony
I don't know ..I keep my eyes and ears open all the time

That one is like brand new, other than the slavered paint job ..it cost me 125.

dont think youre going to get one for that ..i consider that half price ..and very lucky deal.

on ebay they go from 350 upwards ..some on there now ..so set you price at max of 350

one for 480 BIN..another for 1020 BIN

and some appear there for only mins before they are snapped up ..or dont get bid on at all.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120754288309

so you have to have ebay on auto search for you .

another thing youve got to consider ...is that you will need another two feet of space at the back of the bridgeport for the other head to swing around ...plus the whole turning circle


all the best...markj

Tony
08-29-2011, 01:21 PM
whoa! that wasn't there an hour ago.. and bidding has ended!

for 500pounds i think i could find a dedicated slotting machine.. or
a small shaper.. but if the price is right.. I'll keep a hawk's eye.

Thanks!

BadDog
08-29-2011, 02:15 PM
I've got an E-Head, same experience as others list. I used it to play around and make sure it worked, but otherwise it just sets. I do have a pending restoration to complete when the temps drop into low triple digits this fall, and that will require 2 internal key ways, so it'll get some exercise then. Mine also has the cracked "porch paint", but seems almost like new otherwise.

I bought it for $200, and my guess on the weight would be less than 200 lbs. My son and I mounted it by hand. Awkward and heavy but completely do-able.

The link also shows a "Cherying" 3D head that was popular for mold and die work before CNC. Would love to have one of those too, but it would have to be cheap since, like the E-Head, it wouldn't get much practical use.

Timleech
08-30-2011, 01:58 PM
Is this to go on a Bridgeport?
I bought a Town Woodhouse slotting head a while ago, intending to put it on my Elliott mill. Decided it wasn't very practical as the Elliott has a lot of headroom between ram and table, the TW head would have needed some creative mountings to get it close to the table. Picked up a Bridgeport head instead, which is quite a lot taller & works OK on the Elliott, so the TW head is looking for a home.
Nicely made solid bit of kit, I used one before when I had a TW mill. I reckon it's heavier than the BP head, even though it's a lot smaller.

I do use the slotting head on the mill now & again, even though I've got Sir John's cast-off old slotter in its own shed outside.

Tim

MrSleepy
08-30-2011, 03:49 PM
There were/are a few on sale in th UK with dealers I've seen

Tayside had one advertised for 450 last week ,but its gone now.

Tracey Machinery have this one (http://www.traceymachinery.co.uk/slotheada.JPG) for 700 (http://www.traceymachinery.co.uk/slotheadb.JPG)

G and M have two for sale 1 @350 (http://www.gandmtools.co.uk/cat_leaf.php?id=485) & 1@525 (http://www.gandmtools.co.uk/cat_leaf.php?id=6492)
(all ex vat prices )

I ended up getting a shaper..I dont have the room at the rear for a slotting head.

Rob

Tony
08-30-2011, 04:05 PM
Tim, yes its for a bridgeport.
Rob, I didn't realize there were other slotting heads that might
fit a bridgeport. Thanks.

BadDog
08-30-2011, 05:07 PM
Tim, yes its for a bridgeport.
Rob, I didn't realize there were other slotting heads that might
fit a bridgeport. Thanks.
There were several that fit, or can be made to fit. For instance, Volstro made a small/light unit.

Timleech
08-30-2011, 05:36 PM
There were/are a few on sale in th UK with dealers I've seen


G and M have two for sale 1 @350 (http://www.gandmtools.co.uk/cat_leaf.php?id=485) & 1@525 (http://www.gandmtools.co.uk/cat_leaf.php?id=6492)
(all ex vat prices )


Rob

That first one at G&M is almost certainly for a horizontal mill, not self-powered

Tim

rkepler
08-30-2011, 05:40 PM
Tim, yes its for a bridgeport.
Rob, I didn't realize there were other slotting heads that might
fit a bridgeport. Thanks.

Lagun makes one that would fit a Bridgeport (and the Bridgeport fits the Lagun, of course)

http://www.lagun.com/Shaper_Slotter.php

Malc-Y
08-31-2011, 07:19 AM
I bought one on ebay a couple of years ago for 280, I had been looking for one for several years and had set myself a limit of 300 and because of this missed quite a few. They all seem to have had very little use and are generally in virtually as new condition. The tooling seems to be rarer than hens teeth but I bought some from the US on ebay, or alternatively 5/8" dia HSS tool steel can be ground to whatever shape you require. I have used mine for cutting internal keyways.

Malc. :cool:

boslab
08-31-2011, 02:06 PM
i'm just luckey my cinny toolmaster has on on the back as std, its not somthing i use much but handy when u need it!.
regards
mark
[i tend to use a boring bar as the toolholder and a 1/4" ground toolbit]

gary350
08-31-2011, 05:36 PM
I had one of those once 25 years ago. I recall it had variable speed and variable stroke. It worked good for making slots and keyways. I listed it for sale $500 and ended up trading it for something worth about $500.

lazlo
08-31-2011, 08:09 PM
Lagun makes one that would fit a Bridgeport (and the Bridgeport fits the Lagun, of course)

http://www.lagun.com/Shaper_Slotter.php

That looks like an identical copy of the Bridgeport E-Head. Is is better/worse/same as the Bridgeport E-Head?

The Volstro slotting head is a tiny little thing -- looks like a clockmaker's tool, and it sells for a ton on Ebay.