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    Question how tall from the ground to the top of the machine is a boss 5 b port cnc mill. Im planning on getting one and wonder if it will fit in my shop. I think this route is better way to go than a knee mill type cnc conversion. Thanx everyone for the advice. Mike

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    Originally posted by madman
    Question how tall from the ground to the top of the machine is a boss 5 b port cnc mill. Im planning on getting one and wonder if it will fit in my shop. I think this route is better way to go than a knee mill type cnc conversion. Thanx everyone for the advice. Mike

    I can give an exact measurement tommorrow but mine is around 8' with the power drawbar on top. I had to take the power drawbar unit off to get mine in place between two rafters then I reinstalled it.

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    • #3
      I think mine is 7' 3" but I'm not sure I counted the 4x4"s that it is still sitting on.

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      • #4
        I'll look later, not in the workshop at the moment but one thing to bear in mind is that the rigid ram Boss has a QC spindle system and doesn't use a drawbar.

        The type that use the darwbar, the Friday afternoon models are just glorified manual heads.

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        Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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        • #5
          You should look at machines like the Tree 325 too, I would think.

          Any of these machines with a dead controller, good mechanicals, and refitted with Mach 3 ought to be a heck of a good deal.

          Best,

          BW
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          • #6
            81" Concrete to top of head. Bridgeport Boss 5.
            No draw bar, heck, no draw bar hole.
            JRouche
            Last edited by JRouche; 12-01-2006, 05:34 PM.
            My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

            https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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            • #7
              Mine is in a room with a 8 foot ceiling. Plenty of room, no drawbar hole in the top. Mine is a series 2.

              It is surprising how heavy these rascals are. Anyone moving one should be well versed in HOW. I moved mine 30 feet on 5/8 bar and crow bars by myself a inch at a time.

              The Wells Index machine outweighs the bridgeport over a thousand pounds. My engine lift would not lift it off the trailer, I had to take the head loose, set it down, then lift the base and table off. It too is a cnc. It took six hours to unload. I built a Aframe over there at the shop that week.

              David
              Excuse me, I farted.

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              • #8
                Another machine line to look at is Hurco. They generally have 24" on the X axis which is about 6" more than the BP (why I bought mine). The knee mills like the smb line were widely sold and parts are still available. They weigh a little more than the BP series 1 machines, and are a little bit more flexible in what they can do. On the downside, the BP seems like a more industrial machine, bigger ball screws, coolant lip on the table, and a few other things. The hurco does have a built in coolant pump, and an adjustable ram. The hurcos seem to go a little cheaper without the bp name.

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                • #9
                  I just measured mine. 85" without the power drawbar and 94" with the drawbar. Mines a NMTB #30 QC spindle with the pneumatic drawbar on top so it's taller than some. It's also a Rigid Ram (highly recommended) which is taller and much more stout than the V-ram.

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                  • #10
                    I made my old horse nod its head down when I moved it in. Once in, I tipped her head back up.

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