Haas makes four main product lines of CNC machines: vertical machining centers (VMCs), horizontal machining centers (HMCs), CNC lathes and rotary tables as well as 5-axis CNCs and other specialty machines. Haas builds their CNC machines in Oxnard, California, in a large modern machine tool shop.
Haas reputation for making reliable, low-cost machine tools began in 1988, when they introduced their first VMC, called the VF-1. When they introduced a vertical mill machine for a price under $50,000, they solidified their position as CNC manufacturer for the small job shop. Today you can select a used Haas CNC machine from an extensive line of machines of all sizes and for all applications.
Haas uses cast-iron construction, which provides ten times more damping capacity as compared to steel. They analyze the castings for flaws and reinforce the body with numerous heavy ribs to resist flex and damp vibration. They add bulk and ribbing to the headstock and tailstock of the Haas lathes for stability, repeatability, and cutting accuracy. Haas machines are built to be economical but still solid. Used Haas CNC machines are good mid-duty machines. There are other brands with both lighter and more substantial construction. For applications machining aluminum and softer materials or lower production job shops, a used Haas CNC machine is a great choice.
The Haas control is considered one of the easiest 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 on early milling machines. Haas provides a fully integrated, robust, and dependable control on all their CNC machines.
They do not rely on third-party NC suppliers. All used Haas CNC machines should have dedicated keypads with a full array of keys including a complete alphanumeric keypad with all standard functions clearly labeled for operator use. Operators dont need to remember any encrypted codes. You can purchase a used Haas CNC and work with third parties to retrofit and replace the electronics. On average, it takes about 8 hours of labor to upgrade a VF-1.
Haas provides extensive online resources for training and support. They have troubleshooting guides, how-to procedures, mill operator manuals, and lathe operator mills readily available on their website. You can watch videos for troubleshooting as well as service and maintenance and get regular tips on how to best operate and care for your used Haas CNC machines. In addition, operators can search from alarm codes for all kinds of resources. They also have an extensive network of service technicians at their Haas Factory Outlets and recommend that certain machine repairs be done only by authorized personnel.