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In 1980 I wanted a bridgeport in the worst way and new ones were unavailable. There was a waiting list for new ones. Used ones sold for almost new price unless they were worn out? I got a good deal on a Millport which was a Taiwan knockoff of a bridgeport. I still have it, used it today! It has never failed to work. I have done some maintenance over the years and bridgeport parts fit? I'd be pissed if I spent 17K and it wouldn't work?
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The bearings in my Huebsch washer got noisy, I open her and found the bearings were made in china. I bought USA SKF made bearings and hunt for the seal. The only place I've found a seal was AliExpress. Huebsch only sell the bearings in the assembly made out of pot metal; 525$cnd. The two SKF and the seal cost me 75$cnd.

My biggest bug was that Alliance, the mother company flatly refuse to sell me the seal and I'm sure, if the price was right, they will have proprietary bearing so they can gouge us more; just us amator mechanic.

So, I'm guilty to buy from china because an american company refuse to let me buy from them a stupid 10$ seal.
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The Russians build a bike called a Ural. They were just a straight our copy of the BMW. The Russians took everything out f the BMW factory after WWII.
They were still building the same basic bike in the ...... well, they are still building them. But everyone who bought one knew you had to rebuild the engine using REAL bearings and proper gaskets.
Bridgeports work because they have massive heavy castings. It's a good platform. Like Nuttal lathes and many other old style machines.
They are heavy because that's what's required.

These days most people don't want them. They buy Chinese machining centers that do EVERYTHING. Amazing just to watch them at work.

But for heavy repairs there is no substitute.

If the basic castings are still the same it can probably be brought back up to spec.

Still, sorry to hear they got at you.

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This was in '05 Had that pos for 15 years. NOT Bridgeport castings. cheap and...CHINESE

Have five CNC machining centers, wire EDM, hole popper.

Vertical mill (Bridgeport) is just for secondary stuff. but is highly necessary

Could have bought five or six real used Bridgeports for the $17.K I spent for this imitation.
I had never seen a new Bridgeport. reckon I have now
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Well Steve,

The world turns. And nothing lasts forever.

We think it's going to because it's lasted a lifetime for us already.
But the world has moved on and the idea that you made a machine that you could pass down to your children has now disparaged.

People with degrees in economics have worked oit it's more profitable to just screw the customer. Those who don't eventually just go bankrupt or get taken over.
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I agree.

It's been long expensed off, I rarely think about it. I was lucky in that it was a small bad investment.
My middle Son gets my share off the shop when I pass.

I saw that damned machine yesterday up and running, guess my partner fixed it.

I'm a lucky old fxxk gets to come in and make small things out of metal sometimes.

I just had to give my best chinee experience.
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A friend got to buy a new one in 1978. Even then it was a wait to get one , 3 years I think.
His had been ordered by someone else who had gone broke before the machine was built
so he was able to buy it by just walking in and asking if they knew of any for sale.

Interestingly , in the same period I was able to order a new J model head ,no waiting.

The wait was just for complete machines. I adapted mine to a WW2 Cincinnati horizonal
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