There is local guy selling his Millrite mill for $1300. I haven't seen it but he is saying it's tight. Any word of advise? What should I check when I'll get a chance to see the machine? I posted links to mill pictures. Thanks
It'd have to have something serious wrong with it to not be a no-brainer deal at that price.
Even with something seriously wrong it would be an OK deal.
The table looks near mint, it's a single phase machine. It'll be an R8 taper, so tooling is cheap, and it's small enough to get it into a basement.
Any tooling with?
From my perspective, if I could get to it inside a days drive in each direction, I'd already be on the road. Crank the handles through their travel and take a look at the ways for serious gouges and smooth travel. Listen to the spindle for graunchy noises indicative of blown up bearings. Some backlash on the table feeds is to be expected, should easilly be less than half a turn, but more than that is still something that can be repaired easilly.
I am not a fan of that paint job, but could live with it!:-)
If it gives as good an impression as it does in the pictures, it's been well taken care of, and should give good service.
About the same as for any machine tool that is no longer in production. Almost impossible. Don't let that slow you down though, as most of the things that might be needed are standard hardware like acme threaded leadscrews, nuts and bolts and stuff, while other parts have to be WAY far gone to not be able to salvage them. Accoutrements like table feeds are pretty much universal and adaptable, handwheels can be bought off the shelf (or catalog).
FWIW there was a project on making a riser block for one of these in a recent issue of Home Shop Machinist magazine, where the stated reason for making it was that the part was available but expensive, so there are parts out there.
If being able to order parts for your machine from stock is a concern for you, you are ruling out a whole pile of really good machines, and a lot of the not so good ones. Machine tool makers are not exactly thick on the ground these days.