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Old 01-31-2013, 08:21:41 PM
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SuperMax Mill YCM-1-1/2 VS

Does anyone have a SuperMax mill? I found one locally, the seller wants it gone, ie make an offer. The garage is full of stuff and it's in the far corner, no way to test where it is. Not sure what it's worth untested? I'd have to rent a forklift also.
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It's a Taiwanese knock-off of a Bridgeport. We had several at the vocational school I went to. They were decent machines for the money and the school could afford to let amateurs make mistakes on them.
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I can't tell if it has a DRO or not. Knowing nothing about it I wouldn't give more than about $2500 for it. They're a good enough machine but a good working one from a dealer won't run you more than about $5000 and a CNC version is $8-10K.
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I have a YCM-16VS at work, it is an industrial model. It is a very solid mill. From what I see in your the picture it looks like a very clean machine. If the rest of it looks as good as that I'd look seriously at it.
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I was going to offer $500 max.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:49:18 PM
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I have a friend that has one in his home shop. Very nice machine from what I have seen. He bought it used, but it was (still is) in like new condition. The one you are looking at appears to have a 'one-shot' oiler. Very nice accessory. The variable speed drive is a luxury as long as it works, but when they need work, they can be very expensive. It also looks like it has a DRO. If it works, and is included, and all other parts of the machine check good, I would not hesitate to offer twice what you are proposing. Especially if any other tooling comes with it. At the very least, you will need cutter holders, a vise and a drill chuck.
I've moved my Bridgeport 3 times and never had to use a fork-lift. I managed to get mine apart, moved and back together again with nothing other than a cherry picker and one helper person.
Rotate head till upside down and bring table up to support it. Remove from ram. Remove table. Remove ram assy. What is left can be easily lifted and moved with the cherry picker.
Fortunately, all my moves were on level paved surfaces, but still had to get it in and out of a pick-up truck.
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In regards to the variable speed head, there really isn't much to fixing them, unless the splines are beat up from hogging with a fly cutter or something, that gets pricey. The Supermax mills I've wroked on were actually pretty damn good units. Chrome ways, accurately fitted, sturdy, good bearings. That one looks like new compared to most of the junk people try to pedal.
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Supermax is a nice machine. If it's in good condition get it.

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