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Hurco550

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I've been wanting to add a small milling machine to the shop for a while, but I never found one that I could afford until now. This showed up on Facebook marketplace last night and I jumped on it as soon as I saw it when the post was only 18 minutes old. It was 45 minutes north and I went as soon as the guy was available and brought it home.

It is a Becker milling machine circa 1915 mated to a Bridgeport pattern head circa 1934 with a110v single phase 1/4 h.p. motor. This head was made by bridgeport before Bridgeport ever made a milling machine (1938).

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Here's a pic with me next to it for scale. I'd say about 3/4 scale of a standard bridgeport. Perfect for a home shop/ garage and working on motorcycle parts.

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Rider52

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Incredibly great find!!!! My brother in law was a machinist and he outfitted a home shop. I know how hard it is to find a mill especially one that is single phase and small enough to fit in a garage. My old 66 F100 hauled lathes, mills and drill presses for him.
 

irk miller

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I've been wanting to add a small milling machine to the shop for a while, but I never found one that I could afford until now. This showed up on Facebook marketplace last night and I jumped on it as soon as I saw it when the post was only 18 minutes old. It was 45 minutes north and I went as soon as the guy was available and brought it home.

It is a Becker milling machine circa 1915 mated to a Bridgeport pattern head circa 1934 with a110v single phase 1/4 h.p. motor. This head was made by bridgeport before Bridgeport ever made a milling machine (1938).

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Here's a pic with me next to it for scale. I'd say about 3/4 scale of a standard bridgeport. Perfect for a home shop/ garage and working on motorcycle parts.

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What has me impressed is that you were able to tow that jawn home with a skateboard.
 

gt alex

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A step closer, only thing stopping me from using it is the missing hose to run between the regulator and the welder.
Should some rubber fuel line do the trick?
I am thinking of mounting my little plasma cuter on the lower arm.
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Hurco550

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A step closer, only thing stopping me from using it is the missing hose to run between the regulator and the welder.
Should some rubber fuel line do the trick?
I am thinking of mounting my little plasma cuter on the lower arm.
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Yes. Anything will work really. People use cheap nylon tube from the hardware store etc. There is no real pressure between the regulator and machine. Nice get man
 

Hurco550

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Much easier to move than my induma mill. I had to get a VFD since mine is 3phase, but they've gotten pretty inexpensive.View attachment 233538
I didn't get a good picture of it in the air, but I got it pulled off of the trailer with an engine hoist without a great deal of trouble. It was definitely less stress than a full size Bridgeport would've been.
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Rat_ranger

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Engine hoists are amazing. It's how I took my mill apart, loaded it in the uhaul, unloaded it, then loaded it onto a trailer, and assembled it. Wouldn't want to do it again, but it worked.
 

pidjones

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Vintage motorcycle club had our auction last night. Didn't really need any of this, but the coffee urn for two bucks (I'll give it to church)and the degree wheel for ten were good deals. I only bid on the seat to get the bidding started. No one else bid, so I got it for fifty. Looks brand new. Guess I need to look for an oil frame now!

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Rider52

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Henry Abe rear wheel for my F'ing CB750F Super Sport pile. Cheaper than buying new spokes and a rim.
 

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Rider52

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This is an unusual week for me. I'm a big fan/supporter of LowBrow Customs and about 90% of my Harley custom parts come from them. The price, shipping and customer service are outstanding. So I spent some money. LowBrow/GasBox KR style Hardtail for my 73 Sportster project. A set of GasBox 35mm headlight ears made of stainless steel and tumbled for a different look. All I can say is I am highly satisfied. I ordered and two days later the parts were delivered. Well packed and the quality is super.
 

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pidjones

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Henry Abe rear wheel for my F'ing CB750F Super Sport pile. Cheaper than buying new spokes and a rim.
I have a rear Lester in the shed for my GL1000, but the fronts for a '78/'79 are unobtainium. I think there is a shop that will machine a set of rotors for '75-'77 Lesters, but they are well over $500 when you can find one.
 

Rider52

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I have a rear Lester in the shed for my GL1000, but the fronts for a '78/'79 are unobtainium. I think there is a shop that will machine a set of rotors for '75-'77 Lesters, but they are well over $500 when you can find one.
My long term plan is to run a 35mm HD fork on this Honda with a ABE 19" front wheel. Seems like the ABE wheels for old Harleys are readily available although getting pricey. BMIKarts has a bunch they bought at the Dixie sale but has jacked up the prices recently. I should have bought when they were cheap! The Lester plant was half way between my house and work when I worked in the Cleveland Metro area. I had a part time gig in Bedford, Ohio building hot rod chassis and the company did a lot of business with Lester. Lester would pile the blem wheels on the lawn and sell them for $10-15 each. Sometimes you could get a complete set for $20. Most of the blems were runs in the black paint. I had Lesters on my 650 Kawasaki and had a fully polished set on an old Shovelhead chopper.
 

Hurco550

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The new daily.

I remember watching @Kanticoy build this 1976 bmw r90s nearly a decade ago on this site and @TurdFurguson picked it up from him a few years back. I am now the grateful caretaker and user of this fine machine.

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teazer

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beautiful bike, but how did it get wet? I try to avoid that with my bikes...

Back in the day, I used to get some sort of perverse pleasure riding in the rain, safe and dry in wet weather gear. It's almost like living in a bubble, insulated from the idiots in their cages -until the rain rolls down your neck and provides a necessary reality check.
 

Hurco550

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beautiful bike, but how did it get wet? I try to avoid that with my bikes...

Back in the day, I used to get some sort of perverse pleasure riding in the rain, safe and dry in wet weather gear. It's almost like living in a bubble, insulated from the idiots in their cages -until the rain rolls down your neck and provides a necessary reality check.
I pulled it home on a trailer from the other side of Indianapolis. It rained the entire 4 hours back
 

Brodie

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Not a purchase but it was a gift.
Finally got a decent toolbox/bench as the 4 other toolboxes I had were getting hard to shut.
 

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