View Full Version : Can anyone help identify this Brideport

11-13-2005, 04:45 PM
Found this yesterday. Yes, I am a tool junkie.....http://metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gifhttp://metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gifhttp://metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif

I can guess no motor, not controls. Wonder age and what else is missing.


11-13-2005, 05:29 PM
Hi Dave, I've no idea of the age. It looks as most of the spindle controls are gone. Theres usually a hand fast feed and a turn crank for slower downward motions. A depth limiter is missing (as on a drill press). The top round dial and crank would be used for RPM's. Will post a few pics of mine so you can see. I'm sure others can help you a lot more but will post these so you can compare. Mine's an Enco but same basic animal.

Good luck, Phil

11-13-2005, 05:40 PM

Thanks for the reply and photos. Helpful. I knew quite a bit was missing but not exactly what.

11-13-2005, 05:44 PM
i think it is a model j

Kerry Pinkerton
11-13-2005, 05:48 PM
Phils BP is variable speed. The one you showed is a belt drive with backgear giving 8 speeds total I think. Just like mine. I only use 3-4 speeds.

The motor is missing and the belts and on/off/reverse switch. Other than that it looks complete. When I burned my motor out I got a used one at a local used machinery place for $100 bucks.

11-13-2005, 05:52 PM

I think this is a Bridgeport series 1 turret miller model BR2J.
As Phil said the down feed quill is missing as well as a step pulley that needs to go on the motor. These motors are made to fit the bridgeport head but they are available, probably on ebay. The motors of course came in all types of voltages and phases.
New parts are outragous but used parts can be found with some effort.
The serial number is stamped on the top front of the knee about 1" in from the front. The number will probably start with BR12. I'm guessing that this is from the sixty's. Although it probably doesn't remember.
Find an operators manual M-105H.
Good hunting.


11-13-2005, 05:56 PM

Any clues as to model? That way I can check prices.


Richard K
11-13-2005, 06:56 PM

The only price you need to check is scrap price about $60 per ton. If you can get it for a few hundred, it may be able to be fixed up. I'd of course forget looking for a bridgeport motor and drive, add a 3-5 HP 3 ph motor for 10-30$ and $300-$400 for a new VFD. If the ways are not deeply rusted....it's a fixer - upper. Good Luck!

11-13-2005, 07:01 PM

Thanks for your clear guide and suggestions as to how to power it. Will have to check ways and movements.

I guess I am addicted and will have to call tomorrow. http://metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

Now I just have to get a place to use it. http://metalmeet.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif (http://metalmeet.com/forum/misc.php?do=getsmilies&wysiwyg=1&forumid=0#) http://metalmeet.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_lol.gif (http://metalmeet.com/forum/misc.php?do=getsmilies&wysiwyg=1&forumid=0#)


11-13-2005, 07:13 PM
David, The mill is a Bridgeport " J " 200, If you give me the serial no. I can give you the year that it was built.
Along with the motor It is missing the quill feed handle, quill feed selector handle, back gear control handle, power feed engagement crank, ( 2 ) belt shifting and tension control handles and quill stop nut.
George Hawkins

John H. Matson
11-26-2005, 07:07 PM
Yes saw you artical and thought you might like aparts surplier for your brigeport. It is WWW.alternativemachinetool.com Hope it might help.
John H. Matson

11-27-2005, 02:29 AM
I looked at the alternativemachinetool website and it looks like its aimed more at the pros and corporations (translation BIG $). Try someone who caters to the hobbyist market more like Fred Eisner (914) 963-7667 steamer21@aol.com or Dave Sobel 201-768-9645. They're both nice guys who run their businesses more like hobbys than true for-profit enterprises. I know they both sell whole machines as well as parts and ship anywhere. They can probably figure out what you have and guide you through what you need.

With Dave, keep in mind that he is in his 80's so he's hard of hearing and I'm told a bit forgetful so don't be surprised if the price he quotes today has changed tomorrow, its an honest slip.

11-27-2005, 07:44 AM
John and Ken,

Thank you both for the parts sites, sources and suggestions.

I am waiting until next Saturday so I can revisit the Bridgeport. I will get the serial number and better try to assess exactly what is missing and condition of what is there.

Thanks again for the help.

11-27-2005, 09:04 AM

The serial number is on the top of the knee of the machine. It's right behind the "y" feed handle. It can be hidden by the chip guards.

Date Start S/N End S/N
1938 BH-1 THRU BH-39 Round ram
1939 BH-40 THRU BH-252
1940 BH-253 THRU BH-656
1941 BH-657 THRU BH-1549
1942 BH-1550 THRU BH-2943
1943 BH-2944 THRU BH-4105
1944 BH-4106 THRU BH-4997
1945 BH-4998 THRU BH-5930
1946 BH-5931 THRU BH-7235
1947 BH-7236 THRU BH-8814
1948 BH-8815 THRU BH-10381
1949 BH-10382 THRU BH-11378
1950 BH-11379 THRU BH-12750
1951 BH-12751 THRU BH-14489
1952 BH-14490 THRU BH-16700
1953 BH-16701 THRU BH-19367
1954 BH-19368 THRU BH-22732
1955 BH-22733 THRU BH-26962
1956 BR-26963 THRU BR-31618 Start of V ram
1957 BR-31619 THRU BR-37278
1958 BR-37279 THRU BR-42110
1959 BR-42111 THRU BR-46938
1960 BR-46939 THRU BR-52598
1961 BR-52599 THRU BR-58552
1962 BR-58553 THRU BR-64987
1963 BR-64988 THRU BR-71981
1964 BR-71982 THRU BR-79538
1965 BR-75939 THRU BR-88180
1966 BR-88181 THRU BR-98089
1967 BR-98090 THRU BR-108351
1968 BR-108352 THRU BR-118640
1969 BR-118641 THRU BR-131778
1970 BR-131779 THRU BR-138139
1971 BR-138140 THRU BR-143350
1972 BR-143351 THRU BR-149294
1973 BR-149295 THRU BR-157909
1974 BR-157910 THRU BR-167652
1975 BR-167653 THRU BR-174083
1976 BR-174084 THRU BR-180697
1977 BR-180698 THRU BR-188559
1978 BR-188560 THRU BR-196987
1979 BR-196988 THRU BR-206296
1980 BR-206297 THRU BR-216473
1981 BR-216474 THRU BR-227523
1982 BR-227524 THRU BR-231700
1983 BR-231701 THRU BR-235985
1984 BR-235986 THRU BR-241350
1985 BR-241351 THRU BR-245659
1986 BR-246660 THRU BR-248551
1987 BR-248552 THRU BR-250531
1988 BR-250532 THRU BR-252874
1989 BR-252875 THRU BR-255463
1990 BR-255464 THRU BR-257888
1991 BR-257889 THRU BR-259897
1992 BR-257898 THRU BR-262188
1993 BR-262189 THRU BP-264586
1994 BR-264587 THRU BR-267635
1995 BR-267636 THRU

I hope this helps checking the age of the machine. Bill