View Full Version : Ebay bargain on a milling machine

06-19-2004, 09:40 AM

Pa.. in the northeast, they have all the bargains..



Paul Gauthier
06-19-2004, 10:52 AM
Damn ugly machines but a bargain at twice the price. I could make that round trip in a day. The price will most likely double or more in the last few minutes of bidding.

Paul G.

06-19-2004, 04:34 PM

I have been trying to purchase one of these for years, they keep going over my budget. *which ain't much..


John Stevenson
06-19-2004, 05:41 PM
I never look at what's on sale if I'm looking for prices but always look at completed items as hey can go stupid in the last few minutes.
Here's a selection off UK eBay

Bridgy with Heidenhain DRO, need attention.

Or a Theil toolroom mill

Here's a tidy one with slotting head and DRO.

John S.

06-19-2004, 07:23 PM
I think The Queen's country has some better deals then PA.. My favorite bargain part of the USA..

Geeze. I got 3 square feet of floor space left.. I had to move the harley out to the house addition..


jim davies
06-19-2004, 08:38 PM
Mostly the Ebay stuff goes way up in the last few seconds, as everyone says, BUT I have seen some really good deals that didn't follow that pattern. My advice is, like dating, to always make a play if interested. You only need to get lucky a few times...;->

06-19-2004, 09:36 PM
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I have been trying to purchase one of these for years, they keep going over my budget. *which ain't much..


We have a iron worker at work that I use alot. I always forget how nice it is to cut angle quickly until I am at home and have to hacksaw it. If I needed one, I might make the investment even if it went a bit higher. How high have you seen them go?

Come to think of it, it would be nice to review past ebay sales to see what things have gone for. Would make a nice way to get something a price idea on without watching for a year.

06-19-2004, 11:31 PM
I tried to purchase a kwik switch pair of collets off ebay here a few weeks ago.

I think the seller has ran the bid up, something rare, something people want, something he is control of.. People.. You can't look up a persons user id anymore unless you have a completed auction with them. Meaning YOU can assume a false id and bid on your own items and nobody can catch you. He reposted them the same day the auction ended. People look at completed auctions and bid appropriately.. SO WATCH out..

I lost the last angle shear ironworker at $150.(don't have that much today to play with thou.). I was wanting this one to mount on the side of my fancy smancy press project.. I got a pretty big whitney punch, 1/4 in 1/4 iron.. thoug it takes a pretty good push on it.

I used it cnc here a while back.. I made a back mount for it to sit on my hammer table, bolted the flatbar to the cnc table and used it to position.. I didn't have a cylinder so I hand powered it.. geeze.. My shoulders ached for two or three days trying to keep up with a 3 second pause per hole.


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06-20-2004, 01:19 AM
When I was looking for a mill the distance was a primary concideration. I also didn't have a place to put it so I found a willing partner with a place that had three phase power. His business is slow and I may have to move it soon. I might have to rent a building or a storage unit with three phase power. That might be for the best. Then I could have my SB9 and mill together with all my other tools and I would have 24 hour access although it wouldn't be at my house. I might have a new partner in a group near my house that have a nice shop where they rebuild old Vespa scooters. They are a nice group of people with only slightly less tattoos than the Harley Boys.

06-20-2004, 07:04 AM

One thing that used to stop me from having a real workshop was a "home".

I had a building I built at a rental house for about seven years. The old man who owned the house knew I wouldn't move off and leave my tools and workshop. I did. I considered the building a total loss ($1800) and moved my tools into a school bus.

When I built this small one bedroom home on this 1/2 acre of ground here in North Georgia I already had the school bus here. My buddy who sold it to me had cancer and wanted a good natured friend around to see him out.

In 2001, $7800 would stand up a small cottage style one bedroom house with no labor included. We sold my studebaker and started a addition last year. The house is full, the shop is full. She said something about putting a chest freezer in my shop.. I laughed and told her it was not going to happen. We do now have a extra fridge in the unfinished addition with the Harley.

I love owning my own home. I owned it outright with credit card debts (building materiel costs) then found financing at a much lower interest cost.

There is no reason a healthy man should rent anything. If anything in my life I have not been aggressive enough. We are fixing to purchase the Motorcycle shop too I think. We made a lowball offer on the building and they called me back quite happy. It is in a area where a 4 lane is fixing to go through.

* I got beat out on another angle iron shear. Shucks.....

John Stevenson
06-20-2004, 02:58 PM
Been waiting for this to finish to see what it went for:-


Quite reasonably priced and with a Newel DRO on it that probably cost what the macine went for.
Not a very good description of what it was but for anyone not familar with the TOS FNK25 these have a 40 INT spindle taper and a 4 or 5 horse motor depending on year.
Unlike the Bridgeport which has a very low limit to it's quill feed, the book states 3/8" max which has got to be a joke for a machine that size, the TOS will happily push a 1" drill straight thru.
massive sides and screws compared to a Bridgy and about twice the weight.

When you compare one of these to a Bridgeport the only thing going for the Bridgy is it's name.

John S.

06-20-2004, 10:41 PM
John, I had a fnk 25 with a 30 taper spindle and got rid of it and bought a bridgeport 9 -42. The TOS is a massive, rigid machine (like their lathes) but I found it didn't have the light feel of a bridgeport.

But my bridgeport is virtually new and the Tos had alot of wear on it. There is no comparison in metal removal rates beween them, the Bridgeport is not even close. I found the head of the tos very hard to tilt left and right, it must weigh 600 lbs..

I like to call my old TOS a production machine, and my b-port a tool room machine. For making money and using 8 hours a day the TOS wins easily. I have some expierience on their lathes and they are great and almost affordable here in soviet kanuckistan.

PS I can't believe the prices of used machine tools in the UK. I know of 2 machine tool dealers in western Canada that bring used stuff over fron the UK by the container full. Their prices are about 7 to 8 times what the stuff seems to sell for in the UK.

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