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    Default Hass VTC48 Verticle Turning Center

    Looking through my year 2002 issues of "Manufacturing Engineer" I see adds for the Hass VTC 48, which was a Verticle Turning Center that had a 48" dia swing.

    It looks like a nice machine. I read that it was built on the frame casting of a VF-5.

    Does anyone know much about them, and what they cost back then, etc..

    Are/were they decent machines?

    I have yet to see a single example of one of these on the used market.

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    When all of those discovery motorcycle shows were on west coast choppers had one I remember. They were making wheels on it.

    That's the only one I've ever seen.

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    I did not know Haas made such a beast. I'm sure it was short lived, probably too light duty like most of their machine tools.

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    That single machine is all there is? Wow, making that one machine must have been really expensive.

    Do you suppose they made that one as a prototype for the high profile user (West Coast choppers) just to see what interest other customers would have in purchasing one later on?

    Thats probably a very inexpensive marketing plan, if you compare it to other marketing plans, the only problem is that it did not work.

    There might be a really facinating story behind that one machine.

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    I'm currently training of one of these machines. Haas VTC. From what I understand Haas only made 4 or 5 of these machines. Jesse James has one or two of them. Where I work has one. I don't know where the other couple are at. You can use live tooling and turning tools. It has a C axis feature which makes it possible to maintain a wall thickness, which is helpful if you're doing repair work.
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    I saw the posts and wanted to reply because there are so few of these machines and i'm glad for the opportunity to be able to be training on one.

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    Pics or it didn't happen

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    I run 2 of these machines. Jet engine overhaul and repair. Oklahoma City. Started using cad/cam software for programing. Even engraving is possible. Love the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck70s View Post
    I run 2 of these machines. Jet engine overhaul and repair. Oklahoma City. Started using cad/cam software for programing. Even engraving is possible. Love the machine.
    Pics or it didn't happen

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    There might be a really facinating story behind that one machine.
    What was fascinating is the show ran a clip of them using Mastercam to program it. Turns out he didnt have a license for the seat and CNC Software sued him for 35K plus made him buy a license on top of that.

    West Coast Choppers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by g-coder05 View Post
    What was fascinating is the show ran a clip of them using Mastercam to program it. Turns out he didnt have a license for the seat and CNC Software sued him for 35K plus made him buy a license on top of that.

    West Coast Choppers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Yup, he's great guy.


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