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Member postings for Mike London

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Thread: Yet another 'which mill shall I buy'
10/11/2019 11:19:48

XD 351 - " So how many of you Bridgie owners use all the features ? "

How many of us have tooling and materials squirreled away with " might come in useful one day."
When that "once in a blue moon moment" arrives, we are very happy bunnies.

I notice there is a thread currently running with someone resorting to putting jack screws under his column to be able to tram it fore and aft. Maybe the nodding head "once in a blue moon" moment has arrived

09/11/2019 17:03:21

I would have to agree with the Bridgeport camp. My Bridgeport replaced a Myford VMC on a base in a standard single garage. Slightly bigger but fitted in the same space just had to allow a bit more room for table travel. Slightly taller but not by much.

But the biggest advantage was the available space under the quill (max 480mm). The ability to be able to have a largish piece of work on the table and be able to drop the table to facilitate changing large or long tools without losing alignment just makes me smile every time I do it!

Thread: Bridgeport Help
08/09/2019 11:06:37

Having recently acquired a Bridgeport. I have discovered that the feed reverse knob assembly has been sheared off at some time. The assembly is attached to the reverse clutch rod by what appears to be 8- 32 UNC thread measuring at 5/32 and this has sheared off inside the reverse clutch rod, so try as I might I cannot remove the remains.

I have obtained new spares but the clutch rod is pinned to another rod in the head to which I would need to access to replace.

I have copies of the Bridge port manual parts list but this just shows a whole page of disembodied parts with no indication of interconnection. There is no easy direct access to the parts to view and I know that in there, is a whole load of worm gears, springs etc. and I am not particularly keen to go in and start dismantling and have a whole load of bits explode on to the floor!
Especially as the rest of the machine is working fine!

Anyone had any previous experience? - or any pointers to information?
Even U tube videos, of which I have trawled through many, seem to bypass this part of the machine.
Is it possible to replace the clutch rod without dismantling the whole of the head?



Edited By Mike London on 08/09/2019 11:09:27

Thread: Hello from West London
07/09/2019 16:02:55


I have been following this site for a while but thought it is now time to introduce myself.

Been pottering about in home workshops ever since childhood. Father was an engineer, so if I wanted to make something or if my bike, for instance, had a puncture or needed fixing, he would show me what to do and thereafter if it happened again he would say "you know what to do - fix it". Same when I acquired my first cars etc.

Always liked fixing and making things. Had veteran and vintage cars and motor cycle flat tankers. Had to make your own spares!

From starting off with a Myford, currently have a Harrison M300 and a recently acquired Bridgeport squeezed into the garage.

Would like to chat to anybody who has experience of Bridgeport head internals, particularly access to the fine feed reverse knob assembly and the reverse clutch rod linkage.



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