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Just picked up a great little Burke #4 Mill at an estate sale today! Very cool little machine. It seems to have been in partial restoration in a past life as the lead screws and bearings have no discernible play in them, and the paint is in good shape.- very good shape actually for a build date of 9/1942. It also has what looks like a vertical attachment, and a new, uninstalled Delta 1 hp 110/220 motor, in addition to the original Master gearbox motor, three new, store bought arbors, and a brand new B&S #9 US MADE Tapered reamer. I did not recognize the vertical attachment or the arbors as such until I brought it home- (the machine is disabled and in pieces).
I do have two questions.
1) Master gear drive motor- the motor makes a scratchy metal on metal bearing noise on the Edge of the motor end of the motor/gear box assembly, when I turn the drive axle by hand. So it sounds like a bearing on the end of the armature shaft is gone.
So, my question: Do you think this motor is worth trying to repair - maybe with a new bearing?? Or should I just discard and figure out how to install the Delta 1hp motor that the prior owner purchased ( with the apparent intent of replacing the original Master )?? If so, is a 1 hp replacement motor to much horsepower for the drive chain???
2) collet availability: there are no collets with the machine. Would these be B&S #9?? Are they rare/unobtanium??
Thanks much for any info anyone could provide .