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12-02-2010, 09:21 PM #1
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.
12-03-2010, 05:57 AM #2
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.
12-03-2010, 07:40 AM #3
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.
12-03-2010, 07:11 PM #4
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.
01-31-2012, 02:38 AM #5
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.
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.
01-31-2012, 11:12 AM #6
Pics or it didn't happen
11-21-2013, 03:11 PM #7
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.
11-21-2013, 05:01 PM #8
11-21-2013, 06:29 PM #9
11-23-2013, 06:30 AM #10There might be a really facinating story behind that one machine.
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11-23-2013, 11:34 AM #11