So I finally broke down and bought my own CNC machine... now I need CAT 40 tooling...

by manike

So I finally gave in to my cravings and when a deal on a HAAS VF2 with 5 Axis Trunnion came up I went for it.

The concrete is being poured for it tomorrow and then the machine should be arriving some time next week.

It doesn't have any tooling though. I was wondering where the best place is to pick up new and used CAT 40 tooling. The machine has a 10,000 rpm spindle so I think that means I need balanced tooling. Any significant risks in buying used tooling?

In fact, here's the specs for those interested and familiar.

2004 Haas VF2 CNC Vertical Mill w/ 5th Axis Trunion

X-Axis 30
Y-Axis 16
Z-Axis 20
Table Size 36 x 14
Max. Workpiece Weight 3,000 lbs.
Spindle Speed 10,000 RPM
Spindle Taper CAT 40
Spindle Motor 20 HP
Tool Changer 24+1 Side Mount ATC
Max. Tool Diameter 3.5
Max. Tool Length 9
Max. Tool Weight 12 lbs.
Tool Change Time 4.2 seconds
Chip to Chip Time 4.5 seconds
Rapid Traverse Rate 1000 IPM
Machine Dimensions (LxWxH) 88 x 82 x 104
Machine Weight 7,300 lbs.

Equipped With:

Geared Head
Programmable Coolant
5 Axis Trunion (HRT-160)
16 MB Memory Upgrade
4th / 5th Axis Brushless
Chip Auger
High Speed Machining
Visual Quick Code
Remote Jog Handle (7 Axis)
Rigid Tapping
Spindle Orientation
Tool Holder Tray
Tool Holder Vice
Approx. 4,000 Cut hours

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Posted on May 22, 2012, 11:58 AM

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  1. To be a proper Tool Gloat, you need to disclose the approximate amount paid NT. Someone, May 22, 2012
    1. Not gloating about this one so much.... manike, May 23, 2012
  2. And fix the picture links so I can drool. Someone else, May 22, 2012
    1. Not sure why the photo's weren't working.... manike, May 23, 2012
      1. OOOH! You opted for the tree chipper/shredder accessory!. Timberwolf, May 23, 2012
        1. Let me guess.... Bruce Bergman, May 23, 2012
          1. At least not without filming it and putting it on youtube! (n/t). Salda007, May 23, 2012
          2. yup, that's what it's for.... sniper1rfa, May 23, 2012
            1. funny you should mention that. jkeyser14, May 23, 2012
              1. That IS funny! NT. secretweaponevan, May 26, 2012
            2. the lathes with augers that I ran usually did well.. tmk, May 26, 2012
          3. That's the idea... HTRN, May 26, 2012
  3. If your still in South Jersey. Big'n Slo, May 23, 2012
    1. Yep still in South Jersey.... manike, May 23, 2012
      1. Yup. BnS, May 23, 2012
      2. Ha, I lived in Central Jersey for a year.... Gambit, May 23, 2012
  4. Mullin Machinery is in Aberdeen.. HTRN, May 23, 2012
    1. Thanks (nt). manike, May 23, 2012
  5. if you ever need any help.... BigMatt-MadCustoms, May 23, 2012
    1. I appreciate the offer, thanks. (nt). manike, May 25, 2012
  6. suggestions and things to avoid.. ydna, May 23, 2012
    1. MSC was having a 30% off sale for the Memorial weekend.... manike, May 25, 2012
      1. good news there, actually..... ydna, May 26, 2012
        1. Good info.. manike, May 29, 2012
          1. ehh, everybody argues about it. ydna, May 29, 2012
    2. Glacern holders and collets are pretty nice quality, especially for the price.... paul, May 25, 2012


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