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Buying a Haas VF3: Machine Information

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The VF3 Haas is a popular medium size CNC, with a travel of 40” x 20” x 25”. It’s been in production since the 90’s with the same travel specifications. Below is information about the Haas CNC controls including DWO/TCP, and general specifications for the VF3.

Haas VMC Controls

The Haas control makes the VMC (Vertical Machining Centers) easy to operate. The Haas VF3 controls come with one-button features to make common multi-step functions fast. For example, a tool offset can be reduced to the push of one button. Other common functions of the one-button function include setting work offsets, homing the machine and the selection of the next tool during setup. On a VF3 Haas, the jog-handle can be used in other modes to cursor through the program for overriding spindle speeds, faster editing, or to scan through offsets, parameters, etc. When buying a used VF3 Haas, ask if the controls have been updated. You’ll want to consider what options you have to update that particular used Hass VF3 for sale.

As computer technology advances, Haas makes their controls even faster and smarter. A newer Haas VF3 for sale may list such features as:

  • HaasConnect Remote Monitoring
  • Ethernet connectivity
  • DWO/TCPC (see below)
  • User-Definable Macros
  • WiFi Connectivity
  • Expandable Memory

DWO/TCP on a VF3 Haas

When looking for a used VF3 Haas CNC, consider asking if the DWO/TCP option is included. This stands for “Dynamic Work Offsets and Tool Center Point Control.” It’s a software feature designed by Haas to increase productivity and reduce setup times. It makes setting up easy by allowing an operator to place the part and fixture anywhere on the machine’s table or platter. The machine will find it no matter the location that was programmed by the CAM system. DWO and TCPC determine the difference between the centers of rotation which are programmed in the CAM system and the centers of rotation inside the machine and applies the appropriate offsets. This saves money by eliminating costly work holding, like self-centering fixtures and the regeneration of programs by CAM systems.

VF3 Haas Overview and Specs

The standard Haas VF3 is a 40-taper vertical machining center with a 40” x 20” x 25” travel.

The base model comes with a 30 hp vector drive and spindle speed of 8,100 rpm. (The VF3SS has 12,000 rpm max.) The standard VF3 Haas has a 20-station carousel tool change, 1,000 inch per minute rapids and 1 MB program memory. The 2015 model (and others) come with a 15” LCD monitor, USB port, memory lock key switch, rigid tapping and a 55-gallon flood coolant system. This CNC is a workhorse with its high-power direct-drive spindle.

Here are the general specifications of the Haas VF3. Keep in mind that a used Haas VF3 for sale that is older may vary in rapids (cutting speed), HP, thrust, and torque.

TRAVELS S.A.E. Metric
X-Axis 40″ 1016 mm
Y-Axis 20″ 508 mm
Z-Axis 25″ 635 mm
Spindle Nose to Table (~ min) 4.2″ 107 mm
Spindle Nose to Table (~ max) 29.2″ 737 mm
TABLE S.A.E. Metric
Length 48″ 1219 mm
Width 18″ 457 mm
T-Slot Width 5/8″ 16 mm
T-Slot Center Distance 3.15″ 80.0 mm
Number of Std T-Slots 5 5
Max Weight on Table (evenly distributed) 3500 lb 1588 kg
SPINDLE S.A.E. Metric
Max Rating 30 hp 22.4 kW
Max Speed 8100 rpm 8100 rpm
Max Torque 90 ft-lb @2000 rpm 122 Nm @ 2000 rpm
Drive System Inline Direct-Drive Inline Direct-Drive
Max Torque w/opt Gearbox 250 ft-lb @ 450 rpm 339 Nm @ 450 rpm
Taper CT or BT 40 CT or BT 40
Bearing Lubrication Air/Oil injection Air/Oil injection
Cooling Liquid Cooled Liquid Cooled
FEEDRATES S.A.E. Metric
Rapids on X 1000 in/min 25.4 m/min
Rapids on Y 1000 in/min 25.4 m/min
Rapids on Z 1000 in/min 25.4 m/min
Max Cutting 650 in/min 16.5 m/min
AXIS MOTORS S.A.E. Metric
Max Thrust X 2550 lb 11343 N
Max Thrust Y 2550 lb 11343 N
Max Thrust Z 4200 lb 18683 N
TOOL CHANGER S.A.E. Metric
Type Carousel (SMTC Optional) Carousel (SMTC Optional)
Capacity 20 20
Max Tool Diameter (full) 3.5 “ 89 mm
Max Tool Weight 12 lb 5.4 kg
Tool-to-Tool (avg) 4.2 sec 4.2 sec
Chip-to-Chip (avg) 4.5 sec 4.5 sec
GENERAL S.A.E. Metric
Air Required 4 scfm, 100 psi 113 L/min, 6.9 bar
Coolant Capacity 55 gal 208 L

If these specifications are not exactly what you are looking for, consider buying a different Haas VF vertical machining center. You also may want to consider a Haas VF3SS (super speed) for 12,000 rpm or a Haas VF with more travel. 

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