[4]

Should I Try To Use This Milling Head, or Sell It And But/Make Another?

[3]
[10] Like what you see?
Click here to donate to this forum and upgrade your account!

Susan_in_SF

Wood and Metal Goddess
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Jul 18, 2017
Messages
210
Likes
188
#1
Hi Guys,
As mentioned in a previous post, I obtained a Benchmaster horizontal mill for really cheap. The original manual mentions that this mill can easily be converted to a vertical with their vertical attachment. Of course, it is impossible to find such an attachment, since it is hard just to find Benchmaster mills for sale alone. So, last week, I picked up a Bridgeport right angle anglettachment for $100. I thought it might work (with modifications) on my horizontal mill; howver, this Bridgeport head is pretty big (compared to the mill). I like how it turns very smoothly, and would use R8 collets, just like my mill drill.

However, would I be better off selling this Bridgeport head and either buy a modified Emco MT2 lathe tailstock, or make one (without the quill) out of a spare craftsman 101.21400 (metal lathe) mt2 headstock or Record Power RPM 300C (wood lathe) mt1 headstock?

Btw, I plan on using one of my inverter duty or vector duty motors on the mill for variable speed.

What HP motor would you recommend for my Benchmaster? I need to find me a man since my mill is still in my car since it's so heavy, lol!
Thanks,
Susan

**Btw, I do not plan on doing this project anytime soon. I just want to know if I should keep the Bridgeport, or sell it mostly**
20180701_235142.jpg 20180714_142904.jpg 20180714_142920.jpg 20180714_142940.jpg Screenshot_2018-07-14-14-40-51.png Screenshot_2018-07-14-14-40-44.png 20180623_151934.jpg 20170729_171830-1-1.jpg 20180714_151251.jpg
 
Last edited:

Winegrower

H-M Supporter - Silver Member
H-M Supporter - Silver Member ($10)
Joined
Jul 29, 2014
Messages
151
Likes
134
#2
Wow, seems like a hard project, Susan. Maybe a horizontal mill for really cheap is too expensive?
 

pacifica

RGL
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Jan 2, 2018
Messages
174
Likes
86
#3
A horizontal mill is very useful(ridgid) and compact so I would use as it is. Cutters are plentiful.
 

Eddyde

Bronze
Registered
Joined
Oct 13, 2014
Messages
1,410
Likes
1,196
#4
Looks like the Emco headstock would be pretty easy to adapt, you can easily sell the Bridgeport right angle head for twice what you paid for it on eBay.
 

vtcnc

Administrator
Staff member
H-M Platinum Supporter ($50)
Joined
Jun 29, 2014
Messages
362
Likes
332
#5
Sell the Bridgeport head. Reading some of your past posts, you have a small shop space. I’d try to invest in some tooling that lets you fully utilize your horizontal Bench-master so you maximize your shop space. Maybe convert to a vertical head at a later time?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

Rooster

H-M Supporter - Gold Member
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Apr 4, 2017
Messages
129
Likes
96
#6
Use it or lose it, has always been a good adage.
 

Susan_in_SF

Wood and Metal Goddess
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Jul 18, 2017
Messages
210
Likes
188
#7
Sell the Bridgeport head. Reading some of your past posts, you have a small shop space. I’d try to invest in some tooling that lets you fully utilize your horizontal Bench-master so you maximize your shop space. Maybe convert to a vertical head at a later time?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Yup. That sounds like a great plan @ vtcnc
 

Silverbullet

Gold
Registered
Joined
May 4, 2015
Messages
3,419
Likes
1,671
#8
If you can find a Bridgeport m head , it would work on your mill. Pm me the price on the right angle head if your selling it . If I have some money I may be able too. The m head will give you better use then the little maxi mat.
 

JimDawson

Global Moderator
Staff member
H-M Platinum Supporter ($50)
Joined
Feb 8, 2014
Messages
7,267
Likes
5,566
#9
Susan, you either need more shop or less stuff. :) I would go with more shop :grin:

Adapt a vertical head from another machine, or you could build one from scratch. The right angle BP adapter probably is not the best for that application, but it's worth more than you paid for it.
 
[6]
[5] [7]
Top