Agreed.Linnaeus said:Not a bad deal. I find the bigger the lathe the cheaper the price, so if you've got the room it's best to get a big lathe. Seems everyone wants a SouthBend so the prices are high for what you get, while you can score a bigger ~8hp, 12" chuck lathe for cheap, which is really much more versatile.
Wish I'd have run across your $475 Southbend ad!Linnaeus said:I sold a small SouthBend some years ago for $475 with a couple chucks and a bunch of tooling. My phone was ringing off the hook because I underpriced it for the market. I didn't realize how many hobbyist wanted such a small lathe. Since I already have a 12x30 and a smaller turret lathe, I had no need for the SouthBend.
You hear the crazy deals though. A guy on Home Shop Machinist picked one up from the freekin scarp yard that is in damn good condition. For 2500 I'd look for something better than a BPort (not that I'd turn one down with dro, etc), something with CAT 40 tooling, Lagun, Cinci Toolmaster, Van Norman, Gorton, etc. BPorts are cool, but there are better out there (and a lot worse). The problem with buying a 'good enough for bikes' mill is that you may be sol trying to make your own tooling, which is key imo. Buy a beat down horizontal for miters. Only two have come up around here, and they were both early BPort cnc Boss 'project' mills. Yuk.. just my luck. Do a google craigslist search... everything is on the coasts.themanmonkey said:Really everybody who I know who has gotten a great deal was in the right place at the right time or had a connection. Used Bridgeports are $2500 anywhere you go. It's just like used jigs that you can find great deals on if you know where to look or have connections.