Roughly about 3.5 years ago my firearm building came to an abrupt halt. My employer put the brakes on personal work on the machines after hours. Two guys ruined it for everyone, the Motorcycle Pus & Hotrod Wus by their stupid childish fighting. Was able to do a couple of quicky jobs but nothing big. One bite of the Elephant at a time and managed a move to a new home with a three car garage now deluxe Man Cave in one bay. August 2012 $1500 got me a 1974 Bridgeport J Head step pulley machine with an extra Vari-speed head with a boat load of tooling... super spacer, vise, indexing head, two right angle heads large and small, Mitutoyo DRO, powerfeed in X, collets, Jacobs Keyless chucks and much more. Vari-speed head needed a total rebuild (spindle, pulleys, bearings from water damage) power feed was broken put in new servo board, put in a used X lead screw and new bronze nuts X&Y, way scraping, new oil pump and more. Have a good buddy that has a shop and was most helpful with spare parts and ideas. Have been looking for a lathe a LONG time found some deals but size was an issue. Had to be under 80" max OAL. Wanted a Leblond or Monarch but found a heavy Jet GH1340w3 3HP220v3p with Newell DROs in like new shape less than 5 years old and light usage from a Aviation repair shop. Got it for $2500 two months ago. No tooling was included except a 3 jaw chuck, steady and follow rest. Have acquired a QCTP, some turing tools, 4 Jaw chuck, live center, metric thread gears, just starting to tool up.Got the Bridgeport up about 2 weeks ago and started making chips on the lathe last week. Built my 3phase rotary converter from a free 5HP3PH motor and put in new bearings and balanced with capacitors and in wired a 220v outlet to a 30A in my service panel. Got to love Craigslist and Ebay.
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