The History of Haas SL30
Though there are many used turning centers for sale, the used Haas SL30 is one of the most dependable brand names. The Haas SL30 (sometimes written as SL-30) was introduced in 1999 as a mid-size CNC lathe. It is part of the SL-Series line which comes in three models, the SL-20 with a 20 swing, the SL-30 with a 30 swing and the SL-40, which has a 40 swing. The design was based on improvements to the HL-Series lathes and included large headstock castings with symmetric ribs for rigidity and stability, tailstock castings with a two-piece design for easy re-alignment, embedded chip trays, and higher-volume coolant tanks. The viewing window is polycarbonate. Haas SL-30 CNCs for sale features a 14.5 x 34 (max) and 30 swing. Common options include an automatic bar feeder, live tooling or the Big-Bore option. The SL-30 Big Bore lathes have a 17 max. turning diameter vs. 14.5 on the standard Haas SL-30 CNC.
Used Haas CNC SL30 Controls
The Haas control makes their lathes (turning centers) easy to operate. Even models going to back to the year 2000 had Haas-only features like Word Processor Editing to help operators easily make changes. They carried features like one-touch, multi-function jog-handle and quick code programming even these early machines. Haas provides a robust dependable control that is integrated with the Haas CNC machine. They do not rely on third-party NC suppliers. Used Haas SL-30 machines have dedicated keypads with a full array of keys including a complete alphanumeric keypad with all common functions clearly labeled for operator use. Operators dont need to remember any encrypted codes.
Keep in mind, if you are buying an older Haas, you probably can update the control with a third-party vendor.
The USB port makes it easy to use your own USB flash memory devices or external hard drives if you are not connecting via ethernet or Wi-Fi.
As computer technology advances, Haas makes their controls even faster and smarter. Their goal is to keep the spindle turning which keeps the cash flowing into your pocket. As you plan to expand your shop, you should consider connectivity options like WiFi and ethernet to better manage control of approved programs for your CNC. Ask about upgrade options if the Haas you are considering does not have these options.