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Mike Burford

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I joined this group recently to get advice on rebuilding my 1939 Bridgeport m head mill. But after a bit of research and a reality check, I’ve decided I wouldn’t be able to do the mill justice and I need to downsize. My jet 12x24 lathe and the mill are way too big for my single car garage shop with everything else I’m into.

The mill is serial #89 and the m head is serial #M3429. It has what I assume to be the original 1/2 hp 3 phase motor and the B&S 7 spindle taper. I’m looking for any advice on what it might be worth and the best way to go about selling it.
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Mike

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Hard to say Mike, depends on the wear. The plus is the location, the minus is that the M-head is light duty and has a less common taper
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Mike Burford

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Thanks Mark. It has worked well for me but I haven’t needed to do any precision work so far. I’m sure it is well worn. The spindle bearings are noisy under load and the X backlash is nearing 0.100. I figured the market would be small, someone looking to do a restoration. My wife said I should donate it. We have the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista and the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo that probably have the means to do a restoration. It would be cool to find a place that wants to restore it and would let me help!

Thanks again for the feedback Mark.
Mike
 

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Donating it would be a great option if you don't need the cash from a sale. :encourage:
 

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From what little I know, southern CA is a good place to be selling.

I'd put it on Craig's list for $1500. Just beware list this is full of idiots and scammers. my son took out a special phone number and special email just for his craig's list sales. he does quite well with used items though.
 

Mike Burford

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JimDawson, the cash would definitely be nice. I could get the power feed and a better vice on the new stuff! One thing I worry about is donating it then having it rust out in the back 40. That would be a shame. It wouldn’t hurt to contact some places to gauge the interest.

Karl_T, thanks for the feedback and the tip on the dedicated email address. I will probably go ahead and list on CL And see what happens.

Best regards,
Mike
 

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Like my old father inlaw use to say "You can always go down but you can't go up"
 

Mike Burford

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Posted on CL
 

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Ha! Just my luck. This was posted to CL just about the same time
 
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