$2000-2500 is a pretty normal price for these when in good condition, I've seen several local ones list at $2500 with little to no tooling and the ads are gone in days. The seller I got my horizontal mill from was also selling an 8530, and it sold quickly at $2500. This one has the 4" column spacer which is desirable and a power feed which I think is aftermarket, it looks different than mine, and is mounted on the right instead of the left. Also possibly some tooling and spare parts. It also doesn't look to be in bad shape at first glance so really odd that it sat on CL for months at an asking price where I've seen others sell quickly.I think that's the one that was on CL for months for $2500. It's got 23d to go and already $70. Crazy.
If you have the space for a Bridgeport or even the various "2/3" size mills there are just so many more options available to you. A free Bridgeport is kind of worthless if it won't fit in the shop.I get that these are sought after machines like other classic names but like those other classic hobby names to me they are overpriced. Especially when I can buy a J or M head Bridgeport for $1500+/-. But that's just me.
Several years ago there was 8530 with collets, RT, all kinds of tooling in basically new condition on CL for $800. I could never the people to respond and it was on there for 4mo. I guess it broke me of jones'n for one.
Not just the shop space, but getting it moved and installed. One strong guy with a pickup can haul a Clausing 8520, take it off the base and hand truck it into a basement. Try that with a Bridgeport.If you have the space for a Bridgeport or even the various "2/3" size mills there are just so many more options available to you. A free Bridgeport is kind of worthless if it won't fit in the shop.
In my case a Bridgeport would have involved removing part of a wall to get it inside and then cutting a hole in the ceiling so the head could extend into the middle of the kitchen. Not surprisingly that idea did not survive contact with my normally supportive wife.
The much smaller Benchmaster and Atlas mills are maybe half the size but not much cheaper. These are the hidden costs to having a small shop.
No, not normal. I think this mill likely has a bad spindle. It also looks like the whole fine feed is missing as well, not just the hand wheel. I suspect replacing that could get a little expensive.No problem, I was just curious as why we saw different $$. That mill doesn't seem to have a fine feed for the quill. Is this usual for this mill?
Or a basement with a low ceiling. The list of knee mills that would fit under my 6'6" ceiling was not long.It is model 8520. http://vintagemachinery.org/pubs/182/10558.pdf From the pictures the fine feed handle is missing and the shaft that the fine feed handle attaches to also appears to be missing. There is a tub of parts. Maybe the missing handle and shaft are in the tub. Only way to know if the fine feed gears are missing is to take off the cover. Interesting machine. Small enough to fit in a garage shop.
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