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Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:41 PM

View PostHockey Guy™, on 05 April 2012 - 12:42 PM, said:

If you want a decent machine in the same era look at a used Hitachi-Seiki.

No experience with Fadal's.
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Hitachi??? It's even harder to find parts for those. I would not touch a use HItachi with a 100 foot pole.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

View PostCNC Apps Guy 1, on 13 April 2012 - 02:41 PM, said:

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Hitachi??? It's even harder to find parts for those. I would not touch a use HItachi with a 100 foot pole.

I have a friend that has a bunch of them, loves them.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:59 PM

View PostHockey Guy™, on 13 April 2012 - 09:39 PM, said:

I have a friend that has a bunch of them, loves them.


Everybody that has them loves them. The problem is that it is a dead machine tool builder with little to no parts availability, QUICKLY evaporating support base, etc... Control parts are the biggest problem. Nobody makes those boards anymore and if you need one, you're getting someone elses refurbed bad board.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:36 AM

Hehehe do I know you? You hijacked my thread!!!! Think FADAL......

Anyhow I instantly miss my numbered turret. The whole tool loading thing seems like it lends room to errors. Length offset is going to be weird being on the HAAS we just bring the tool over, hit a button and if you have the right row highlighted it just enters the offset.

I came in for free today just to play with this thing. So far it seams like a tank but a very old tank that has not been used very much.

Calmotion is being a big help with the 5 ax attachment dream, is anyone else dealing with them?

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

Whats up with the t-nuts on this thing? Standard nuts we use on the mills and the HAAS will not fit. Anyone have a hand full I could send paypal. Couldn't find any on e-bay.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:09 PM

Hello Jamman,

   I have no problems getting parts for those machines.  Of course I am on the west coast.  If you have any questions concerning the machine just let me know.   I have been using Fadals for over 20 years now.  Our first one was a 1989 I believe.  We still use them today and have no problems.  Not the fastest machine in the world but seem to be reliable.  If you have any questions with the conrol I can help you there as well.

  We have a 4th axis on every machine.

You can e-mail me directly as it might reach me quicker.  If you would like to talk I can walk you thru some stuff as well.  e-mail is chris(@)ogazent.com

Chris

View PostJAMMAN, on 16 April 2012 - 01:21 PM, said:

Whats up with the t-nuts on this thing? Standard nuts we use on the mills and the HAAS will not fit. Anyone have a hand full I could send paypal. Couldn't find any on e-bay.