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bvblack
06-30-2014, 04:41 PM
We have a Wells-Index mill that is in need or repair; my supervision is wanting to buy used mill off of KSL.com. One is a Ramill XLT- Bridge Port Clone. One is Shizuoka and the other a Bridgeport. I need feed back as which one to buy; any input would be appreciated.
Thanks Burke

GEP
06-30-2014, 05:03 PM
We have a Wells-Index mill that is in need or repair; my supervision is wanting to buy used mill off of KSL.com. One is a Ramill XLT- Bridge Port Clone. One is Shizuoka and the other a Bridgeport. I need feed back as which one to buy; any input would be appreciated.
Thanks Burke
The company is still in existance in Grand Rapids or near there. They have all the parts for all mchines they ever build

Toolguy
06-30-2014, 05:42 PM
The Shizouka is the best of the lot if it's in good condition. Those are a quality Japanese mill. I don't know the Ramill brand. I would put the Bridgeport next and the Wells-Index last. This is just one opinion, but based on many years using Bridgeport type machines.

Ohio Mike
06-30-2014, 09:42 PM
We have a Wells-Index mill that is in need or repair; my supervision is wanting to buy used mill off of KSL.com. One is a Ramill XLT- Bridge Port Clone. One is Shizuoka and the other a Bridgeport. I need feed back as which one to buy; any input would be appreciated.
Thanks Burke

The Wells-Index is the best mill of the lot in my opinion, assuming a later model its far superior to the Bridgeport. Depending on the ailments you should consider repairing it. If whatever you're buying will be sold later then by all means buy a Bridgeport, even junk ones sell well.

bobw53
06-30-2014, 09:45 PM
Fix it. Wells Index will even take your mill back and recondition to new or better for about half of a new one.

I've never had a problem dealing with them. And that is on a late 70's factory CNC, with a bandit control.. They still support it and always
have the answer and the parts(driver boards).

http://www.wells-index.com/machine-rebuild-and-maintenance.php

Euph0ny
07-01-2014, 02:17 AM
Here's Keith Rucker doing a review of his Wells Index mill. It looks like a decent piece of kit.

http://youtu.be/Lf9dqTijhnk

LKeithR
07-01-2014, 03:17 AM
The Wells-Index is the best mill of the lot in my opinion, assuming a later model its far superior to the Bridgeport...

Yup...

Kevin B.
07-01-2014, 07:49 AM
Fix the Wells-Index. I consider them better than a Bridgeport.

Kevin B.

Old Hat
07-01-2014, 09:34 AM
And that is on a late 70's factory CNC, with a bandit control.. They still support it and always
have the answer and the parts(driver boards).

http://www.wells-index.com/machine-rebuild-and-maintenance.php

Wow never thought I'd read those words again.
An air/over/hydraulic quill controlled by stepping rods.***

A thing to see in action.

***Assuming that's what model you mean.