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Old 10-19-2006, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brother, can you spare a dime?

Or perhaps $18K?

A friend of mine is a Machinery dealer, currently trying to get his hands on this:


I can probably get it for $16Kish.

ARRRRGGGGGHHHH!

Programmable coolant. 4th axis. Chip Auger. Probably Rigid tapping. Very low hours - it was used for R&D.

And I don't have the money for it, at least not without looting my house fund.

Let me say it again.

ARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!

There, now I feel better. (not really.)

Am I the only one that has this kind of crap happen to them?


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Old 10-19-2006, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty slick, how much do they normally run? We have a brand new tricked out HAAS CNC turning center in our machine shop here on campus, it was bought with funding from some Army special project that had leftover funds (and if they didn't spend them somehow they'd receive less funding the next year).

http://www.alaska.edu/uaf/cem/me/new...ing_center.xml
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Anybody hear "group purchase?" Think of the possibilities... send ain the right CAD and MCB would make it happen.
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Old 10-19-2006, 06:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, it's a VF 0E, which has been discontinued.

Haas at one time had two different drivetrains for the spindle, a geared head, and belt drive.

The belt drive is cheaper, but doesn't transmit as much torque. The "0's" both "0" and "0E" were both belt drives, with a VF-1 equal to a 0 in travel, and a VF-2 equal to a "OE" in travel.

New, a 0E was something like $45K "barebones". Add in Rigid tapping, 4th axis wiring, chip auger, programmable coolant, etc, and it can easily exceed $55 grand - one of my former bosses bought one as overstock for $50k.

They have since been discontinued - a barebones VF-2 right now is $48K.


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Old 10-19-2006, 09:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey, that's an idea....a massive MCB group purchase! Hmm....
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Hey, that's an idea....a massive MCB group purchase! Hmm....
But who gets to take it home for how long?
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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UUHHHHH!!! My jaw is quivering...that would be so sweet.

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Old 10-20-2006, 01:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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So who's gonna front me?

I'll even let you clean out the coolant tank.

Polar Monkey - that SL-20 turning center your school received is $52K "barebones", I saw a 2001 go for $35K in 2003, but that had some options.


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Old 10-20-2006, 03:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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According to the machine shop supervisor, it cost right about $100k with all the options it has. He told me all about it for like an hour, this guy really loves to talk shop and I made the mistake of asking him one day when I was in there waiting to use a lathe.
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According to the machine shop supervisor, it cost right about $100k with all the options it has. He told me all about it for like an hour, this guy really loves to talk shop and I made the mistake of asking him one day when I was in there waiting to use a lathe.
It's fairly easy to double the cost of the machine with options - when the VF6SS came out(a VMC I lust after, and would leave a mountain of corpses to acquire), I fooled around with Haas's online quote system, as "what if I hit the lottery" kind of question. The $100K machine jumped to $175k. The 5 axis wiring alone was over 5K, and Linear scales instead of rotary encoders? $13,500.

<EDIT> I just looked through the photo's, it's got the floppy drive too. ARRRRGGGGGHHHH!


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