The Bridgeport Knee Mill
The long-term reliability o a Series I mill is the result o its design eatures, the quality o its components, and the cratsmanship o itshand-scraped ways and precision ground ts. Every Hardinge-Bridgeport knee mill is built as though we’re going to use it ourselves.That’s why the resale value o a Bridgeport mill remains consistently high. The “bargain” imitators can’t say that. Our competitiveprices are a result o our higher volume—not rom building a cheaper machine. Rigidity starts with the main rame components o amachine, and or this reason, the strength and damping qualities o gray cast iron was chosen.
Patented 2J Head
The unique and patented air cooling system o the “2J” head ensures that any heat buildup in the spindle bearings, belt or quill area iskept to an absolute minimum. This is achieved by air being drawn into the belt housing and past the spindle bearings by the rotationo the drive belt. It is then exhausted out o the head assembly at the top o the casting. Distortion and inaccuracy due to exces-sive heat rise is kept to a minimum by maintaining the operating temperature within 20 degrees ahrenheit o ambient temperature.This also results in increased belt and bearing lie, as well as more consistent accuracy. Also, with no external cooling ans, vibration isreduced and the ongoing maintenance or threat o a an ailure is eliminated. Fans also requently require a step-down transormer i the machine is wired or power greater than 110 Volts.
Series I One-Shot Lubrication
Adequate lubrication ensures a long accurate lie or the machine. It also reduces maintenance and makes the machine more sensi- tive and easier or the operator to use. A metered, centralized system lubricates all o the ways and screw assemblies o the machine.Operation o the system by a single lever saves the operator time and makes it easy to always provide the correct amount o oil,predetermined by a series o metering valves built into the system. Many competitive systems do not meter lubrication, which allows the oil to fow to the point o least resistance. Thus one sliding member may receive more oil than another, possibly causing excessivewear to the area that is not getting properly lubricated. An optional Automatic Lubrication System is also available.
All alignment ways and gibs are completely hand scraped to within tenths o a thousandth. This ensuresoptimum machine geometry, rigidity and accuracy.
Bridgeport’s Signature Painting Process
Castings are ully inspected, shot blasted, annealed and oxide coated…totally ree rom rust and contam-ination. They are then spray lled, sanded and painted with the rst o a two-part polyurethane coating to seal the castings. Painting beore machining builds the depth o gloss, which is required o all Series Imachines. The last process prior to skidding or shipment is to spray a nal nish coat o the best poly-urethane coating available.
Accessories & Repair Parts
Hardinge & Bridgeport are the only certied sellers o Series I accessories and repair parts. We have thousands o accessories andrepair parts in stock and ready or immediate shipment to support our customers. For more inormation please contact Hardinge &Bridgeport by calling 800-843-8801 or visit our knee mill web portal online at www.kneemills.com to order documentation, accesso-ries, repair parts and more!The Bridgeport Series I Standard Mill is the original milling, drilling and boringmachine. The Bridgeport Series I Knee Mill is the most popular mill ever made withover 370,000 machines built over the past 70-plus years.
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