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  • What Do You Think My Bridgeport Is Worth In Today's Market

    I have a Bridgeport that a friend of mine wants to buy if I decide to sell it.

    It is a 50's (I think) vintage machine with a 9" x 42" table and a J Head with a 1 HP 3 phase motor. The mill is in good condition and pretty tight. The head makes some noise at the highest speeds but the spindle is tight and the power down works perfectly. No power table feeds.

    I wanted to ask this group for an idea on what would be a fair price for me and the potential buyer if I decide to sell it to him?

    Thanks.
    Dom

  • #2
    I have been looking recently for a machine, prices vary considerably, and mainly depend on wear.
    Bridgeports in the uk on ebay fetch around 1500 to 3500.
    Build it, bodge it, but dont buy it.

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    • #3
      It depends on a local market demand. Here I'd say step pulley may bring $900-$1000 if in a decent shape. Accessories such as power feeds, DRO and tooling would help significantly.

      But if this is your friend, why don't you ask him what he has in mind?
      Mike
      WI/IL border, USA

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      • #4
        I was offered two Bridgeports for £500 each just recently. At that kind of level, adding in a regrind/turcite treatment (~£600) and leadscrew replacement looks quite attractive as a package.

        I'd chose a belt-head over a vari-head these days (much quieter) and fit a VFD.
        Paul Compton
        www.morini-mania.co.uk
        http://www.youtube.com/user/EVguru

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        • #5
          I think my friend wants me to put a number on it and he will then tell me if he is interested. I don't think he wants to pay too much for it and probably believes asking me to come up with a number works to his advantage.

          My mill is in good condition and if it's only worth $900-$1000 I'd probably keep it. I was thinking it would bring more in the area of $1500-$1600..but maybe not.

          Any other thoughts?

          Thanks
          Dom

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          • #6
            Try looking online at machinery dealers. I'm sure they will be on the high side but it may give you an idea as to value.

            Try looking on ebay at past sales to see what they really sold for.

            Try calling some local machinery dealers within 300 mile radius.
            It's only ink and paper

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            • #7
              this ain't Noo Yawk

              I don't know your market, but here in N Texas a machine like that, clean and in good working order, would bring $1500 fairly quickly
              I'll bet you won't be including any tooling, so that would drop the value a tad.

              Were I in your place, I'd tell my friend the truth.
              "I don't know what the market is on these right now, but if I can't get $1500 for it I'll just keep it. Is it worth that to you?"
              Last edited by Rex; 05-26-2010, 02:37 PM.

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              • #8
                Doing business with friends and family is generally not going to satisfy everybody. Put your price on it and if he wants it he can buy it. Sell it Where is as is cash in hand before it moves. I have seen several good machines wrecked by people trying to move them and not knowing what they were doing.

                I bought a newer vari speed with factory power feed and DRO for $2300. It was in very good condition and no tooling. I thought that was a good deal. Sold my older and fairly well worn step pulley model with power feed and DRO for the Same $2300. After having both, I would much prefer the step pulley with the 3 phase motor which would work with a VFD.
                Byron Boucher
                Burnet, TX

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                • #9
                  they sell quite cheaply without table feed etc and 50's is really an old machine now I don't think you can compare here in the uk where they go quite cheaply with some states in us where they fetch varied prices according to demand supply etc .keep your machine rather than sell it too cheaply is what I'd recommend .Alistair
                  Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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                  • #10
                    Around here you can buy those all day for $500.00.They just aren't worth as much as the vari-speed J heads and those are going from 1000-1500. Some guys are sitting on their inventory rather than let stuff go that cheap. At the rate the economy is going they could be sitting on them for years.
                    I suppose if you threw in a bunch of tooling with it, it might be worth more.

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                    • #11
                      It seems to me that this stuff (home shop machinery) nowadays seems to go for whatever a buyer will give and a seller will take.The difference is HAVING to sell it and WANTING to sell it.If it doesnt satisfy what you think its worth,or what you need from it,then just mothball it,its not going down in value.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rustybolt
                        Around here you can buy those all day for $500.00.They just aren't worth as much as the vari-speed J heads and those are going from 1000-1500. Some guys are sitting on their inventory rather than let stuff go that cheap. At the rate the economy is going they could be sitting on them for years.
                        I suppose if you threw in a bunch of tooling with it, it might be worth more.
                        Care to provide us with several links that show that $500 Bridgeports of comparable condition to the OP's exist?

                        TMT

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                        • #13
                          road trip?

                          Yes, I'd like to see the $500 BPs too. Worth a trip with a stout trailer?

                          The cheapest one I've seen recently around here was a well used but still decent round ram 9x32. No DRO, no power feed. Asking was just under $1000. I've bought from that seller before and he won't come down much so I doubt it sold for less than $800.

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                          • #14
                            Machinery auctions in my area-Chicago and suburbs, shops just shutting down or trying to get rid of surplus machinery.

                            Do you have a trailer? I know of a Cinncinati Toolmaster in Channahon Illinois that can be had cheap. He also has an old Milwauke Horiz. mill. You could probabvly make a deal

                            I know you think this stuff is valuable, but from an industry point of view, if it isn't making chips it's worthless. And in case you haven't noticed, a lot of places aren't making chips anymore.

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                            • #15
                              Value of a 50's J head

                              One consideration for placing a value on the machine is that the spindle is noisy at the higher speeds. A sign that a re-build is in its near future. How old is the DRO? Is it still supported by the manufacturer? How much slop in the screws when the table is center in the X and Y?

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