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Offline gldavison

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Bridgeport heads
« on: July 19, 2021, 08:09:56 PM »
Not familiar with Bridgeport heads so is the one on this machine a decent head or should I be looking for something different??

Your opinions needed.


Offline steamer

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Re: Bridgeport heads
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2021, 02:32:09 AM »
All I can make.out is its got mechanical variable speed.   Does it have a model number or serial number?   Is it R8?  I would not get the older MT2 spindles or M heads, but that is not anM head.  It's eitheraJ1ora J2...I think!!!

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Offline PJPickard

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Re: Bridgeport heads
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2021, 11:53:24 AM »
Standard B'port vari speed head made by the 1000's. Can you run it before purchase? If so run it up and down the entire speed range and listen for noises. It should sound smooth without any "thrumming" or other such sounds. There are parts that wear out in these heads and all these parts are readily available, there are also great videos on youtube on how to do all the repair work.

These videos are very good, and the company can supply all the parts you might need.

That said, the head rebuild is NOT a fun task, with parts of it requiring a second person. I just did one last summer.

Good luck with it, hopefully the head is fine!