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Used 5-Axis CNC Milling machine, 5 Axis CNC Mill for Sale

Looking for a used 5-axis CNC machine? CNCMachines.net has 5-axis CNC milling machines for sale. Our machines come ready to make quality parts for you! We have a wide range of machine brands including Haas, Emco, Mazak, Takisawa, Mori Seiki, Tornos, Okuma, Hitachi and more in configurations to make precision parts from bars and materials of all sizes. In addition to providing you with 5 axis CNC machines, we can also buy your 3-axis CNC.

In an effort to help our customers buy used 5-axis CNC machines for sale, we have put together information on how to select the best used CNC machine for your application, why 5-Axis is a great investment, comparing trunnion style and rotary style 5-axis CNC’s as well as things to look for when purchasing. If you are yet not utilizing CNC 5-axis machining, this guide can help you embrace the efficiency and power that 5-axis machining offers as well as select the best 5 axis CNC milling machine for sale for your application. Shops that are currently using 3-axis and 4-axis CNC machines can also use this as a guide for the next step toward improving productivity with a used 5 axis cnc. Keep in mind that we both buy and sell used CNC’s, so if you want to replace equipment, we’d love to help you sell your old CNC’s as well.

Select the Best 5 Axis for your application

Buying a multi-axis cnc milling machine like a 5 axis cnc machine is similar to choosing a car make and model. You will base your decision on the intended use, budget and personality along with many other considerations. The “garage”’ of options for 5-axis CNC’s is equivalent a garage of race cars, all-terrain vehicles, buses and luxury cars. There are more general-purpose machines and there are used 5-axis cnc machines made for specific applications,

Smaller shops often start 5-axis machining by adding a single or dual rotary to an existing 3-axis vertical machining center. They find they can make more complex parts with the addition of the single or dual-rotary unit and it starts the learning process for making more complicated machined parts. You may have started in this area of developing your expertise and now found that more quote opportunities are coming in for even more complex parts which have higher profit margins. This is a great time to buy your first used 5-axis CNC milling machine!

Why buy a used 5-Axis CNC Machine?

There are many reasons why machine shops are replacing their other machines with 5-axis CNC milling machines now more than ever. Here are a few top reasons machine shop owners say drive their business decision to add or replace older machines with 5-axis CNC machines:

It saves time. And time is money in machining. The business case can be made for replacing standard 3-axis parts machining with 5-axis CNC machining based on the set-up time improvements and cycle time improvements. In one example by Hurco, one part that took 7 operations and 5 hours 30 minutes setup on a standard 3 axis needed only 2 operations and 1 hour 30 minutes to setup on a 5-axis. The cycle time for that same part also went down by over 30%. If a machine is running, it’s not making money, so this kind of savings can quickly prove ROI.

5-Axis CNC’s can make 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 work that others consider to be too difficult. If your company loves to learn from ever challenge and become better and better with every job, this strategy can pay great dividends. 5-axis machining is great for the complex work and shorter running jobs. Your 5-axis machine should be flexible, precise and adaptable for the challenges. Many used 5-axis machines with have a swivel head that can articulate for cuts in almost any direction.

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 CNC 5-axis for sale 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 machines for sale in our listings.

5-axis CNC machining can do what other machines can do, but other machines like Swiss lathes, vertical machining centers, 3-axis mills cannot do everything that a 5-axis CNC machining center can do.  This makes the 5-axis CNC 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 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.

5-Axis has better spindle utilization. When a used 5-axis CNC is set up in a work center to allow for automated material loading and parts unloading, it can run unattended with as much as 95% spindle utilization. Compared to other types of milling like vertical machining centers and horizontal machining centers, you get more production simply because the 5-axis machine spindles run more.

Selecting the Best Kind of Used 5 Axis CNC Machine

When deciding on the type of used 5-axis machine to purchase, key factors to consider will be part complexity, part mix and the average number of parts to be run per setup. Parts that can be made on a 3-axis machine may actually be a better fit on a 5-axis because of a quicker setup on a machine with tools already available on a tool changer, for example. Major options for used 5-axis CNC’s include the rotary type and trunnion table type.

Part Complexity: Do you want to machine complex parts? Consider the differences between trunnion and swivel head style machines and the table tilting and rotation travel for the A-axis and C-axis. Also consider the number of tool slots available in the tool changer – the more stations, the more complexity in one setup.

Primary Industry: Is your shop dedicated to a single manufacturing field like automotive, aerospace, mold & die, medical devise or oil? The different industries have different demands for torque, speed and precision.

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 and the amount of room on your shop floor. 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 will be helpful to learn if a particular used CNC machine was used in a similar application before.

If you 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.

Benefits of a Trunnion Table on a 5-Axis Machining Center

We have for sale used 5-axis CNC machining centers with trunnion tables. A few benefits of choosing a trunnion style trunnion table on your 5-axis CNC machine include a better under-cut capability, larger work volume and more torque at low RPM. As compared with a swivel rotate machine which typically is limited to 90 degrees of the head in any direction, a trunnion table allows more than 90 degrees of rotation. This makes it possible to reach up under a flange, under the edge of a part or machine an angle hole that point down under the table. Since the part is under the spindle with z-axis and spindle always vertical, once a workpiece is clamped down you have the full travel of the X and Y as the machining envelope. As compared to a swivel head machining center, there’s more torque at low rpms on a 5-axis with a trunnion table.

Benefits of a Swivel Rotate (Swivel Head) on a 5-Axis Machining Center

We have for sale used 5-axis CNC machines with swivel heads. A few benefits of choosing a swivel head machine over a trunnion include the ability to run heavier parts, more versatility, fewer tool interference issues.  A trunnion style machine the part is always rotating and twisting within the work envelope which limits the weight capacity that the axis can handle. Since the table rotates more like a standard 3-axis machine on a 5-axis machining center with a swivel head, the table can handle heavier parts because of better weight distribution. Often swivel rotate used 5-axis CNC machines have much greater versatility than the trunnion because of table space on the side which allows for some fixturing, 3-axis work, or even 4th axix work using the tilting head. On trunnion table 5-axis cnc’s, when the part tilts towards the operator, the bottom of the head casting and the trunnion itself which can impede making smaller type parts as compared to the swivel.  Standard length tooling works well on swivel rotate machining centers where often longer tooling is needed for trunnion table style 5-axis machines.

10 Checkpoints – Buying Used CNC 5-axis machines

  • Inspect the CNC for damage and signs of wear.
  • Call the CNC manufacturer to see if they still support parts and service.
  • Research the brand and model online to see what other owners of these 5-axis CNC machines think about the brand and support in your area.
  • Call the local distributor and talk with sales and service about support and parts.
  • Look up independent CNC 5-axis machine service techs to get their opinion on the reliability of the brand.
  • Search online for similar year makes and models to see price points.
  • Get the hours of operation on the 5-axis CNC.
  • See if any maintenance records can be found or major repair work. Repair work isn’t a bad thing, in many cases it will help you know what been replaced, what hasn’t and if it was done right.
  • Find out the types of material and industries it made parts for in the past.
  • Ask the owner why he’s selling the machine.

Options to look for on used 5-axis CNC machines:

  1. B axis pendulum head
  2. Y axis capability
  3. Sub spindles
  4. Full C axis
  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

We have many CNC 5-axis machines for sale with the prices on CNCMachines.Net that can 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 machines to the market and can let you know about the next wave of used CNC 5-axis machines 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.

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