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    Haas mill air treatment?

    My post is 2 years old, that regulator is a POS, I had one at home go out, and 2 at the shop go out. I bought a real regulator, that has replaceable parts for maintenance. No more issues. Parker Industrial Air Regulator
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    What is you shop's overhead increase in the last year?

    The main reason(my opinion) a mechanic shop, plumber, electrician, HVAC tech....Can charge more than a machine shop is because none of that work can be outsourced to China! The second reason is, the "true value of the service", Everyone, is a large demographic, and the demographic that needs...
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    What is you shop's overhead increase in the last year?

    Its very interesting too hear the differences in machine shops, pricing, overhead costs, work volumes and types......There are different types of machine shops sure, but its crazy how different everything can be.
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    Yeah looks like the U500 is the better choice, and cheaper, here is what Yamazen said: " Biggest considerations for M vs U: Price (U is similar or better) Floorspace (U is better) Milling capability (U is better because it’s a more rigid set up) Control (U has the new D-00 control and the M has...
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    Our constant volume work has 2 different part assemblies. One assembly would be fine, but, The one we make all day every day on 3 machines is 3 different pair of 1.5" round bars 24" long with machining on 3 sides. it would take far more than a single rotating table machine to replace them, each...
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    They have one waiting for you. GF Mikron E 500 for sale
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    Interesting, I found the pre-install sheet on a Makino 400mm HMC, it says "standard 6" commercial concrete floor is fine", but on the Mazak generic horizontal preinstall sheet I got from Mazak it shows 20" of concrete. good times.
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    I'm still dreamin anyway, we don't have room for a HMC :(, we have just enough room for one more small machine, after that, no more machines until we move to somewhere real, Hopefully that will be soon, I'm hoping to pay off my house and this years machines by end of summer, current PO's show...
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    I had a Haas MiniMill in a garage with a floating concrete floor(500sq.ft.) it was 14" thick, no issues with surface finish. Moved it to a commercial shop with 4" floors, now we get surface finish issues, So I don't think Ill ever buy into the old, its ok to have thin floors deal again, just my...
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    You know what I'm gonna say....made in China, not even with your money! HAHA
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    The ones for this 5 axis are only like hand sized parts, 6061, we only do Aluminum.
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    I'll never buy another Haas machine!!!!! people stating the high ROI don't know what their talking about, but also its contextual, I would have made far more money faster and easier if I would have bought more expensive machines with better more expensive engineering, the main reasoning chip...
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    Actually this would be my first choice, The end game is how much money in parts can 2 guys create without having to hire anyone. So we have a set of parts that would easily work on a 4 axis horizontal, they chew up a week on 2 machines, I am eyeballing a Mazak HCN-5000 with a future linear...
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    Yeah I was still debating on that U500, I haven't put in the time researching yet that you probably have. I am not so worried about the learning curve, its more so, will I actually get the benefit I'm looking for.
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    Luckily cycle time on those would be over 4 min. and we usually have a month to get them done because the PO's are just to fill in stock as it lowers at the OEM. I cant look into the adding a 4th to one of the Haas's machines we have currently because they have zero free time already, that's...
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    5 Axis purchase, yes or no?

    Any 5 axis shop give us some insight. We are a tiny shop, me and my son, We currently run all Aluminum "production" on 4 Haas VMC's We just bought a Hydmech H14A also to get us away from the manual saw. We don't really get random job shop stuff, its mostly all the same parts all day every day...
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    Are milling chucks obsolete?

    My Tawaniese rust was holders and pull studs both. The Maritool BBT30 hydraulics have a statement that they arent for roughing, finishing only. Thats why I mentioned the Mapal high toque, they mentioned higher torque than shrink fit and ER.
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    Are milling chucks obsolete?

    2 Cents: Another thing to consider when buying Taiwanese holders is the metal quality, I have thrown away all my Taiwanese holders, they were all great, in spec. but would get a lot of corrosion on the pull stud over time. When we had experienced tool pullout on ER it ended up being a drastic...
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    fretting marks on toolholders, problem? how to fix?

    You could even buy a Harbor Freight POS $500 refrig air drier, You still should have a water trap and a auto drain, its the cost of owning a CNC. My first little Haas MiniMill and I still knew to buy a refrig air drier, been in a world without one, no bueno!
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    fretting marks on toolholders, problem? how to fix?

    At the very least, a water trap at the compressor, auto drain on the tank, and a Motor Guard M-30 or M-60 at the machine. But I stand by the CNC machine, you should have a refrigerated drier.
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