Burgmaster turret drill

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I'm bidding on a Burgmaster turret drill for my folder making.0-B model I think,0-B is what I need?:confused:

I have one and they are great! I dont use mine anymore because I have 2 drill presses with VFD's on them and I dont have room for the Burgmaster.
Dont pay to much for it. You can get them in good working condition for about $450 or less.
 
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Micheal,Freight is most of the cost!:eek:I've bid $300,Shipping charges are 700!It is 3 phase/220,Is that difficult to have wired?I'll have a electrician wire it for me.Is yours a 0-B model?
 
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Micheal,Freight is most of the cost!:eek:I've bid $300,Shipping charges are 700!It is 3 phase/220,Is that difficult to have wired?I'll have a electrician wire it for me.Is yours a 0-B model?

As Bobby said, OB's are 110. You need a VFD if your going to run a 3 phase/220 in your house. Add another $300 for that.
Good Luck with the auction.
 

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Don't give up and don't pay too much. Sometimes there will be five or six of them up for bid at one time.
The larger machines are for 1/4 inch up to 3/4 inch drills and larger. The OB's are great for knifemaking. I'd like to get two more just for back up's or spare parts. I have a source for parts from a guy who used to work there, but he is in his seventies.
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I have purchased three of these machines (Burgmaster OB), but only one arrived in usable condition. UPS literally destroyed two of them. I insured the shipments, and after fighting with UPS for 3 months, they refused to pay, even though their own investigator stated that the items were handled improperly by their people. Lesson here....if you purchase one of these machines, ensure the sender packages it VERY WELL, and I would recommend having it sent via truck frieght. UPS literally broke the motor castings, the support castings, and bent the uprights that support the drill/motor. Those two are now nothing more than "parts" machines.

The one working OB that I have is a wonderful machine. It cuts approx 30-45 mins off anything I build because I can load up all the bits and reamers I need, and never have to worry about taking the time to change things.

The biggest drawback with the Burgmasters is that there is only ONE place you can acquire parts. The individual is in Long Beach, CA, and was a supervisor for Burgmaster when they were in business. The parts are also very pricey. That aside, the machine is very accurate, and very sturdy. Each of the positions on the turret offer different speeds, and the machine has a high and low range that is set by changing the position of the drive belt. The OB model's chucks will only handle up to 1/4" bits, so don't expect to be able to drill anything larger than that.

I really like the machine I have, and am always on the lookout for another. Stay away from the machinery dealers you see on Ebay and such. Those people have junk machines that their trying to unload for WAY too much money. It took me a while of searching, but all of my machines have come from individuals, and I made absolutely sure that the machines were in complete working order prior to purchasing them.
I say this becasue trying to work on the machines can be a real bear! Although I have done it, replacing bearings or gears in any of the six spindles requires some effort and special tools.
 

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A-men to what Ed posted. Ed helped me a lot in my search for my two machines. I took a bolt off right after I go mine and all hell broke loose. I thought it was a oil hole, but it was connected to a pawl inside the head which dropped down inside the head. I eventually had to send the head to CA to be repaired. Make sure the seller is willing to crate it and secure the machine inside the crate. (NO BOXES)
I was very lucky with mine. Most people will charge a crating fee. so that is more incentive to buy low.
 
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Ed,Thanks for the insight.That's the last thing I want is to buy a worthless piece of machinery.:confused:I'll keep my eyes & ears open for one.:DThis tool has been on my wish list,I'd also like to find a 15" Clausing drill press.I would rather have one Old American Iron piece of machinery,Than 3 of 4 pieces of asian made Junk!
 
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I got an email asking for information on the parts source for Burgmasters.....the individual who sent it doesn't accept email from the forums, so I thought I'd give it out here....

Mar-Matt Company
3151 Chestnut Ave.
Long Beach, CA. 90806
Phone: 562-427-8620

That was the latest info I have..... It's an older gentleman, and he knows he's the ONLY source for Burgmaster parts.....so don't be shocked with the prices he quotes......they are way up there. If you have at least on good working burgmaster machine, I think it's work your time/money to acquire another one or two non-working ones, just so you have some spare parts. In one case, it was actually cheaper for me to have a couple of gears produced locally through and machine shop.....but it's tough finding a shop who will do item that small.
 
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We have quite a few as well. They are not fun to work on once disassembled. Good luck and definitely make sure it is in good working condition before you buy.
 
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