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    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
    17mike

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    Originally posted by bvblack View Post
    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

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    • #3
      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.
      Kansas City area

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bvblack View Post
        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.
        Mike
        Central Ohio, USA

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        • #5
          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-r...aintenance.php

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          • #6
            Here's Keith Rucker doing a review of his Wells Index mill. It looks like a decent piece of kit.

            http://youtu.be/Lf9dqTijhnk

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ohio Mike View Post
              The Wells-Index is the best mill of the lot in my opinion, assuming a later model its far superior to the Bridgeport...
              Yup...
              Keith
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              Just one project too many--that's what finally got him...

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              • #8
                Fix the Wells-Index. I consider them better than a Bridgeport.

                Kevin B.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bobw53 View Post
                  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-r...aintenance.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.

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