- Oct 29, 2012
I've been eyeing those facebook groups and Craigslist daily for years. In my area, I have never seen anything remotely close to that price.It took a few years but I found my Bridgeport clone on a Facebook buy/sell group for $500. It needed some work but maybe you can find something like this that would fit in your budget. And you might be surprised how much work comes your way once word gets around. I have an Amish community near me and they bring me repair work to do 2-3 times a week. It's nice to get some of your investment back.
Around here, going price for a 30 y/o thoroughly thrashed bridgeport clone is $2,500-3,500.see for yourself
I saw a new ad pop up 2 weeks ago, what appeared to be an actually half way decent 1990's model 2hp machine pop up for $1,800. That's about 1/3 the norm, so I called to see if it was a typo. The machine was already sold and already picked up. The ad was only 6hrs old.
I've been counting on having to pay something in the $5k-$7k range for the mill and the rest is for tooling.