I have the opportunity to purchase a used knee mill at what I think is a reasonable price ($1300). I can't find much information about the manufacturer/model (Samson), but I went by to take a look at it today, and it seems in decent shape except for the head. It is a variable speed head, which makes noise when running, which is worse in low gear. I am thinking it is part of the variable speed drive failing, and I think I could probably fix it, or rip the variable speed drive components out and replace with a toothed belt and VFD. If it's the spindle bearings, well, I know what the cost on those would be (assuming these use a standard bearing size), and given the cost of the mill, It would still fit my idea of a "deal". My biggest fear is that something inside the head is busted, and being an uncommon brand, there is little chance I am going to find spare parts. So, any opinions? I lost a (in my opinion) slightly nicer mill a couple weeks ago because I waited too long to get back the guy, and somebody else swooped in; been kicking myself since.
I have been contemplating offering a slightly lower price. At this point I am seriously considering pulling the trigger, but I wanted to get a second opinion so I don't end up kicking myself later.