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Looking for used 5 axis CNC lathes? CNCMachines.net has 5 axis CNC lathes for sale. A full 5 axis CNC commonly finishes parts in one operation making it a standard machine tool for sophisticated CNC machine shops across the country.  Although these machines require big investments, many of our clients have obtained the benefits for less by purchasing a used 5 axis CNC Lathe as found on our website.

5 Axis CNC lathes have both turning and milling operations in one CNC machine.  Full turning and machining capabilities allow a machinist to finish a manufactured part in one operation.  This results in less handling of parts and shorter cycle times. In an effort to help our customers buy used 5 axis lathes, we have put together information to help you understand 5 axis lathes as compared to 5 axis mills, the top reasons machine shop invests in used 5 axis CNC lathes, as well as selection criteria and tips for purchasing a used 5 axis CNC lathe. If you not yet utilizing CNC 5 axis machining, this guide can help you embrace the efficiency and power that 5 axis machining offers.

What is the difference between a 5 axis mill and a 5 axis lathe?

The 5 Axis CNC lathe is different than a 5 Axis CNC mill. The 5 axis lathe is a combination of both turning and milling machining process. Think of the 5 axis CNC lathe as first a turning center, and next a milling center. These machines are highly sophisticated and can complete a large variety of parts.

A typical 5 Axis CNC lathe process will start with turning the part initially, and then finishing milling operations both on and off centerline before completing the most complicated Y Axis movements. A 5 axis mill has its workpiece on a table instead of in a spindle. In milling, frequently both the table and tool move. A true 5 axis mill does not turn the workpiece first.

Why Buy a Used 5 Axis CNC Lathe?

There are many reasons why machine shops are replacing 2 and 3 axis lathes with 5 axis CNC lathes. Here are a few top reasons machine shop owners say drive their business decision to add or replace older machines with 5 axis CNC lathes:

It saves time. And time is money in machining. The business case can be made for replacing standard lathes with 5 axis lathes when parts are requiring secondary machining operations after coming off the lathe. It typically takes a fraction of the time to tool up and program to make a part complete on a 5-axis lathe as compared to handling each part repeatedly for other operations without it. Both setup and runtime for complex parts are faster on 5 axis CNC lathes than on simpler lathes.

5 axis CNC’s can make very complex parts. When you buy a used 5 axis CNC machine, you are adding to the complexity of parts that you can make. Some shops like taking on jobs turned down by others. If your company loves to learn from every challenge and become better and better with every job, this strategy can pay great dividends. 5 axis CNC lathes are great for complex work and shorter running jobs. Your 5 axis CNC lathe can be flexible, precise and adaptable for the challenges.

Buying used saves money. 5 axis CNC machines are built to last. Similar to buying a car, newer years might have some special features, but if you don’t need those features, then why buy them? A solid used 5 axis CNC lathe should be able to reliably make parts for many years. The software can be upgraded, sensors can be added, skins on controls can be replaced and the machine will continue to make parts. You can find great bargains on used 5 axis CNC lathes for sale in our listings.

5 axis CNC machines can make parts that other machines can make, but other machines like Swiss lathes, vertical machining centers, 3-axis mills cannot do everything that a 5 axis CNC lathe can do.  This makes the 5 axis CNC lathe one of the most versatile pieces of equipment that you can buy. Combined with the power of modern CAD/CAM software, you can make a wide range of parts with one piece of equipment.

You can grow with 5 axis CNC machining. Buying a used 5 axis CNC milling machine gives your operators the opportunity to grow in their abilities to make more and more complex parts. Parts that you may not want to quote today will become possible as your machinists become accustomed to a new way of thinking about machining. When you buy a 5 axis CNC lathe for the first time, you are investing in your employees’ skills for the benefit of the entire company.

Selecting the Best Type of 5 Axis Lathe

When deciding on the type of used 5 axis lathes to purchase, key factors to consider will be part complexity, part mix and the average number of parts to be run per setup. The top 5 axis CNC lathe brands we see in the market today are Haas, Mazak, DMG 5 axis CNC, Doosan, Star, Citizen, Tsugami and Okuma. Each brand has its advantages and disadvantages. We carry all these 5 axis cnc lathes and can help answer your questions and concerns.

Part Complexity: Do you want to machine complex parts? Consider the number of tool pockets available – the more stations, the more complexity in one setup. DMG Mori has lathes with between 80 and 239 pockets in their newest machines. Some 5 axis lathes have tool holders on both a turret and in a magazine.

Primary Industry: Is your shop dedicated to a single manufacturing field like automotive, aerospace, mold & die, medical device or oil? The different industries have different demands for torque, speed and precision. For example, medical devices frequently require smaller, high-precision parts. You’ll want to compare 5-axis CNC lathes to CNC Swiss screw machining equipment and find the best fit. Aerospace demands difficult to machine materials and many large parts. This would indicate that you need a 5 axis CNC that is designed for tough turning with a larger spindle and travel capability.

Physical Size: You’ll want to consider the physical size of your used CNC 5 axis machine. This will be dictated by the size of parts that will be machined in turning diameter, length, X, Y and Z travel, as well as B and C axis travel in degrees. Then you’ll need to determine the rigidity by thinking about the types of materials that you will be machining. Keep in mind that some multi-axis machines are better than others for particular applications. It is helpful to learn if a particular used CNC machine was used in a similar application before. Often 5 axis CNC machines are built to order per a specific customer’s needs. When you buy used, you’re looking for the closest fit from existing machines instead. 

Average Job Lot Size: If your shop produces 500,000 of the same parts annually, it would be wise to consider buying a dedicated machine just for that part. Consider a machine that would have the optimal cycle time and could be a part of a complete machining cell, perhaps even with multi-tasking machines and robotic loaders. However, if you expect to run short-runs, a more versatile machine would be a better option.

Options to look for on used 5 axis CNC lathes:

  1. Coolant system
  2. Sub spindles
    Y Axis milling
  3. Full C axis
  4. Live tooling
  5. Rotary live tooling / milling options on turrets
  6. Chip conveyor
  7. Part catchers
  8. High pressure coolant options
  9. Wiring for probes
  10. Tool changer (ATC / number of positions)
  11. Auto-lube systems
  12. 3D Coordinate conversion
  13. Connectivity options – RS-232 ports, memory cards, PCMCIA, wireless options
  14. Operating system – Windows? This is necessary for MTConnect software.
  15. LCD Screen size and type
  16. Bar feeder systems

Popular Brands of 5 Axis CNC Lathes – Compare Manufacturers

Each CNC machine tool builder has their own niche in the market. Two popular machine tool builders of 5 axis CNC lathes are Mazak and Haas. Here’s a comparison that you can use. Evaluate each of these categories for each brand of machine tool that you investigate. Each company has their own strengths and weaknesses.

Feature Haas

Mazak

Pricing New starts around $44,000 for a 6” chuck. Great for companies getting just started in 5-axis CNC machining. Calls 5-axis lathes “multi-tasking” CNC’s. More expensive both new & used, capable of more automation.
Construction Cast-iron construction for main base, but lighter weight overall than Mazak. Heavy-duty construction, and engineering, built for power & longevity.
Controls Easy to learn, unique to Haas, transferable to all Haas machines. Powerful, advanced, multiple versions of controllers for different applications
Training & Support Many DIY resources, regional outlet service support. Website has many resources for both learning and fixing Haas CNC machines. Well-developed training programs with a pyramid of learning, direct access to support on a hotline at Mazak. Free software upgrades.

Found a 5 axis CNC lathe for sale that looks interesting? Here’s what you can do before you go see it.

  1. Be informed. When shopping for a used 5 axis CNC, you will want to make a list of your requirements.
  2. Ask for good photos. Zoom up in the photos and look for signs of damage and worn components.
  3. Speak with a local machine tool service provider who can provide service for the machine.
  4. Search similar years for the 5 axis CNC model to see how pricing compares.
  5. Get the hours of operation.
  6. Ask for the maintenance records of the specific 5 axis CNC lathe that you are considering.
  7. Ask for the 5 axis CNC lathe manual that came with the machine.
  8. Find out if any tooling or other accessories are being offered for sale along with this 5 axis CNC lathe.

Once you’ve done your homework, and you think you’ve finally identified the perfect used CNC 5 axis CNC lathe we recommend that you do an on-site inspection or hire someone knowledgeable about CNC’s to inspect on your behalf. Here are some inspection tips below.

How to Inspect a Used CNC 5 Axis CNC Lathe

  1. Inspect for damage and worn components. Carefully look all over the machine. A good used 5 axis CNC lathe for sale should show little wear since they are built to last for years.
  2. Ask to operate the machine to see it run. Make some chips!
  • Listen to the sounds of the axis moving at different speeds
  • Run the spindle(s) at the max RPM.
  • Look at the guards and sensors on the machine. If sensors, switches, wires, and hoses all match and look like they match well, that’s an indication of a well-maintained machine.
  • Make parts on the machine if possible.
  • Check the tool-changer/turret(s). How quickly does it change tools?
  • Check the electrical cabinet for anything that looks like “not factory” and ask about it.
  1. Ask the owner why he’s selling the machine.
  2. Find out what process controller is on the machine. Have they done any upgrades?
  3. Review bar feeder options.
  4. Review chip & coolant management options.
  5. Find out the electrical requirements for install (should be on the serial number plate, you may want to take a photo.)

We have many CNC 5 axis lathes for sale with the prices on CNCMachines.Net. We want to help you upgrade your shop’s technology and increase the overall output of your manufacturing production. Our website is updated daily, and we only promote current lists from our inventory or machine shops using our services to market their equipment. Our team is constantly working on bringing more used CNC 5 axis lathes to the market and can let you know about the next wave of used CNC 5 axis lathes coming available.

We can buy and sell machining equipment, so let us know if you’re replacing equipment, and we can buy your old lathes, 3-axis CNC’s or other milling machines. We welcome you to call 844.262.6789 or visit and inspect one of our used 5 axis lathes for yourself. Looking for a 5 Axis CNC Machine Price

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