Another mill. This one looks pretty nice

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  1. Hemioutlaw

    Hemioutlaw Make America Great Again! FABO Gold Member

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    Mark my words, if you buy that pocket mill you'll be regretting it's limited capacity before long.

    Take the plunge, buy the Bridgeport for 2k, use the Hell outta it and whenever it gets sold again there's your 2K back--Promise!
     
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      Phreakish Well-Known Member

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      Rent a skidsteer with a set of forks - moving that thing will be no problem at all. As @jos51700 said, the head can come off and give you some vertical clearance.
      Strapped proper to a trailer, a hilly drive will be no problem. Use the skidsteer to help turn the trailer around after unloading. You're probably looking at less than $500 to rent a smallish skid for a day.
      That kind of deal on a decent sized BP is not common. I'd jump at it and make it work one way or another. I'm sure you could find some local folks to help with the relocation effort. It'd be worth it in the long run.

      That mini-mill is a glorified drill press IMO.
       
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      A good machine is a heavy machine. My son buys them and has pretty many. He checks for the scale marks on the weighs, (Post and Table). They show the wear. You will use the hell out of that mill once you get tooling. They make so many attachments. He has them all and probably some he will sell.

      The hardest one to find is the Volstro. Here it is he is cutting a torque plates out for a Subaru block. Bridgeport makes some very cool attachments.



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        Move the head back and lift it from under the slide at the top never lift it from the bottom. Also We have a case 70XT skid steer. When lifting it we had guys hanging on the back with the forks that high for weight. When the forks go up on a steer they go out. this lessens the weight capacity. He bought a fork truck and a bigger trailer now.

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          pittsburghracer Well-Known Member

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          That weight and gravel driveway would be a no go for me. We stuck forktrucks in the gravel all the time in the mill.
           
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          You guys can cry right along with me. My nephew found out I was lol for a mill and sent me a picture of one they scraped along with all the tooling. The shop closed and they didn’t get any offers. Wholly crap as this was under 8 miles from my house. 8A860677-183B-47C0-8BAF-210460A966EA.jpeg
           
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          Scraped this too. B6FB6B01-8F99-4E13-8446-D371A2DAA892.jpeg
           
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          Geez does your nephew hate you? holy crap, I can't stand to look and I'm not the one looking for one.
           
        • Oldmanmopar

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          Sounds humiliating to me. If you look close that driveway is mostly old blacktop and the rest of it is packed tighter then a 80 year old Gay mans ass from heavy equipment.

          That is a pneumatic tire fork truck made for out doors if you use your brain you can drive it anywhere. We pick up and deliver machines all over Pa. and surrounding states. We gave a mill and delivered it for free to Greensburg Pa. to a old member on this site. We were picking something up and there was no extra fuel cost to us .Two trucks, One carries the fork truck and one to carry the machines.

          Just brought a 16,800 lb. crank grinder home. As stated above there are times we grab them just for the tooling that is included. We have several bridgeport heads for parts. Its the bases and tables that wear out . We scrap them at times and we get more then we paid for the whole machine.

          Here are some pictures of 2 of our machines with the wear scales. not all have them on the table but they all have then on the weighs. Post and Knee the last pic is one of the bed mills no scales on the table. If the scales are wore and any spot it is a good sign they are wore and not accurate.

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            Ok I went to my friends house tonight to check out his small Enco mill. Very nice but small. But he does have two lathes he will be selling. One very clean small lathe bigger than a Harbor Freight lathe but not big for 1000.00. He has a very nice big lathe for 2200.00. Now you guys are going to crap. He got a JET mill like the Bridgeport in West Virginia. It’s so clean I would eat off of it. Cost FREE. He got a beautiful lathe, price FREE. Metal saw, FREE. And one other piece that I forget was, FREE. And a CNC for almost FREE. Damn. He hired a rigger to move it all and he changed him 500.00 for all four pieces. He gave him 800.00. He is going to text me two guys that do this type of work. I’m going to call another friend about a JET mill 8 miles from my house possibly tomorrow or Friday. I have an old Craftsman lathe but I’m going to check out that small lathe closer
             
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            What ever mill you decide to get try to make sure it takes R8 collets and tooling. They are the most popular. My son paid 2k for all three machines on the trailer above. They were going out of business.They repaired news paper machines. near the Allentown Airport. There are many places closing right now and mills are going cheap due to many of them being 3 phase nobody wants them .
             
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              The guy I posted about above went ahead and got 3 phase in his shop when he got all of this equipment.
               
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