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My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« on: October 15, 2020, 09:37:08 PM »
So my brother and I work at a metal stamping shop here in SoCal and we have a full machine shop capable of making just about anything. Ever since we've worked there, these two Bridgeport mills were stashed in a corner of the building as "backups." My brother asked the boss about a month ago if he'd be willing to sell one to us. A week later he came up to my brother and said how much he appreciates how we are into building things and sold us the mill for a smokin' deal. Now time to build a phase converter and get to making some chips!!! Attached are some pictures for your enjoyment. Huge thanks to my dad and my awesome neighbor Dave for helping us move it!
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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2020, 09:40:57 PM »
Yes, that's me driving the trusty Cat T80D.
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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2020, 10:08:06 AM »
you scored. well done, thats awesome.  :righteous:

You going to get a DRO for it? makes life so. much. better.  :toot:


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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2020, 01:06:43 PM »
Got any ideas for what you are going to be making?

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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2020, 08:15:29 PM »
you scored. well done, thats awesome.  :righteous:

You going to get a DRO for it? makes life so. much. better.  :toot:

Thank you. We're so excited! Planning to get one eventually. Maybe a Mitutoyo. I love their stuff. That's mostly what we use at work, as well as a few Starrett tools...
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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2020, 08:18:48 PM »
Got any ideas for what you are going to be making?

I'll be making chips first:) But anything that fits in between the jaws of my vise!
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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2020, 08:22:40 AM »
i bought a cheap 200 dollar dro off the web a few years ago, man they have come down in price a lot, and its spot on accurate. 

I have a small vintage pratt&whitney mill at home which does 90% of what i need, but you just cant beat an old jhead.  :toot:

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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2020, 12:58:50 PM »
You could skip the phase converter and just go with a VFD.  I’m guessing maybe a 2hp motor max on that head, a drive won’t be that expensive.  You can get single phase specific input on them but the 3 phase input drives work on single phase you just have to up the drive size.  Rule of thumb for that is double but I have the 3hp motor on my lathe running off a 5hp drive.

You can also get 110v single phase input to 220v 3 phase output drives but I think they may be for 1hp max motors.

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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2020, 04:56:10 PM »
i bought a cheap 200 dollar dro off the web a few years ago, man they have come down in price a lot, and its spot on accurate. 

I have a small vintage pratt&whitney mill at home which does 90% of what i need, but you just cant beat an old jhead.  :toot:

Glad I have lots of options! I really don't need a super fancy one but it would be nice to have a nice one hahaha. I didn't know Pratt and Whitney made mills!
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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2020, 05:06:42 PM »
You could skip the phase converter and just go with a VFD.  I’m guessing maybe a 2hp motor max on that head, a drive won’t be that expensive.  You can get single phase specific input on them but the 3 phase input drives work on single phase you just have to up the drive size.  Rule of thumb for that is double but I have the 3hp motor on my lathe running off a 5hp drive.

You can also get 110v single phase input to 220v 3 phase output drives but I think they may be for 1hp max motors.

We're halfway into building a rotary phase converter right now. We scored a brand new 7.5hp 3 phase Baldor motor (still in the crate!) at a business closeout sale for a 100 bucks! And yes, the motor on our mill is 2hp.
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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2020, 04:57:12 AM »

 I didn't know Pratt and Whitney made mills!

and lathes, which i have one of those as well. (no pics and its at work in the warehouse as its big)  My mill is pre war, horizontal and vertical with head attachment, I run a 3/4 hp. was originally designed for overhead belt drive.   was converted to elec in the early 60s from what i was told.  we have a bridgeport at work i have free run of, so the big stuff goes there.


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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2020, 09:54:12 AM »
Pratt and Whitney was some of the best machine tools of their time.

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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2020, 10:02:00 AM »
Never seen a vertical head on one of those P&W's, that's really neat.

Nice score on the BP. The generic glass scales from the usual sites are actually quite good and the price is great.

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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2020, 09:18:21 AM »
I am more envious of those mills you guys have than of any cool bike...except maybe Joe's! Congratulations and good luck with the installation  :whoop:
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Re: My brother and I's new(to us) Bridgeport Mill!
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2020, 08:09:39 PM »
I am more envious of those mills you guys have than of any cool bike...except maybe Joe's! Congratulations and good luck with the installation  :whoop:

Hahahaha thank you!
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