Early 90's Mazak controls
I am looking at several early 90's Mazak's, both lathe and mill. Are there any of the controllers to stay away from? I know one is a T-32 and another is a T-plus.
T-32 and T-plus are not bad controls. There are thousands of them in the field. The problem is the cost to keep them running if your only source for parts and service is Mazak. Find a private person who is familiar with the controls and can service them for you. The Fusion 640T is the first Mazak control to run Windows (95) for the original version. I think the last Fusions had Windows 2000
The problem with used CNC machines whether Mazak or any other is that they may lose all of the original parameters if it has been sitting in storage for awhile. Most machines have a battery back up when the machine is turned off to keep the memory alive. Make sure you see the machine run first.
Beware of new Mazaks that have a relocation detector. They began to install them about 2 years or so after the new Matrix control was introduced. If the machine is moved, it will not run unless a Mazak service engineer installs a new code that is generated in Japan. Mazak may also charge you a fee to register your machine with them so that you can buy parts.
Mazak may also charge you a fee to register your machine with them so that you can buy parts.
Mazak retracted this plan a long time ago and published the letter of that. They will ask you for your s/n and location but that is to update their records as required by certain trade regulations. You should not be charged any fee.
The "B" series of the T/M-32 control are the striped down versions and usually will not have EIA capability and limited G codes available unless specifically ordered when new.