I'm in the market for a 50" (X) VMC, used, not exactly sure of the best
strategy(s) for getting one, as "used" always seemed a dicey proposition to
The fadal dealer (MidAtlantic CNC, in NJ) had a 5020, rahcheer in NY, but
it's gone, altho there are a bunch of google hits for 5020s.
Should I just let MidAtlantic sleuth one down? Should I contact various
used machinery dealers, like Kevin Murphy et al? I don't mind MidAtlantic
marking it up, or fixing it up if nec, if they can give me a good warrantee
on the unit.
Ultimately I think I would have to have MidAtlantic check the machine out,
but even that's problematic, if the machine is in CA or sumpn.... Just
how does one *reliably* check out a machine 3,000 miles away??
And what would shipping be, approx?? Proly at least a few thou?
I don't have to have a Fadal 5020, but I already have a 3016, and the
controllers are near-identical, which is a very convenient thing, esp. for
my existing 4th axis...
But in principle, ANY 50" would do, including a new Hurco that I saw at
Eastec, that would fit in my limited remaining space OK...
But these 5020 fadals are under $30K, AND with no learning curve. The Hurco
would be nice, but with a substantial monthly nut, and apparently requiring
more than my rpc, like a PhasePerfect for $5+K. The fadals run very well
off an rpc. Plus, I don't really need sophistication or new-new precision.
Haas would be OK, but they seem to have one helluva footprint, including
big-time ceiling requirements, if I've read the dimensional specs right.
Plus, when you buy a Haas, the G-codes you are "allotted" seems to be like
being dealt a hand in a poker game. You might wind up with G2 but no
I have an idea for Haas: supply ALL the g-codes, macros, but make the
effing controller coin-operated....
Idears, advice, links, leads??