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Exploring The Haas VF5

The Haas VF5 is a popular medium size CNC, with a travel 50” x 26” x 25” on the VF-5/40 model, and 60” x 26” x 25” on the VF-5/50XT model. 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 the general specifications on the VF5.

Haas VMC Controls

The Haas control makes the VMC (Vertical Machining Centers) easy to operate. The Haas CNC VF5 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 the Haas VF5, 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 VF5 Haas, ask if the controls have been updated. You’ll want to consider what options you have to update that particular used Hass VF5 for sale.

As computer technology advances, Haas makes their controls even faster and smarter. A newer Haas VF5 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 VF5 Haas Used CNC’s

When looking for a used Haas VF5 for sale, 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.

Haas VF5 Overview and Specifications

The standard Haas VF5 comes as a 40 taper / 3 axis / 8.1K RPM / 30 tool model and a 50 taper / 3 axis / 7.5k 30+1 tool model. The VF5/50XT is the larger spindle taper. The 2015 model (and others) come with a 15” LCD monitor, USB port, memory lock key switch, rigid tapping and a 95-gallon flood coolant system. This CNC is a workhorse with its high-power direct-drive spindle.

Here are the general specifications of the Haas VF5 small and large models. Keep in mind that older versions can vary in rapids (cutting speed), HP, thrust, and torque. Always depend on the seller’s description for actual specifications.

TRAVELS VF5 40 Model VF5 50XT Model
X-Axis 50″ 60″
Y-Axis 26″ 26″
Z-Axis 25″ 25″
Spindle Nose to Table (~ min) 4.2″ 7.9″
Spindle Nose to Table (~ max) 29.2″ 32.9″
TABLE VF5 40 Model VF5 40 Model
Length 54″ 62″
Width 24″ 23″
T-Slot Width .630″ .630″
T-Slot Center Distance 3.15″ 3.15″
Number of Std T-Slots 7 7
Max Weight on Table (evenly distributed) 4000 lb 4000 lb
SPINDLE VF5 40 Model VF5 40 Model
Max Rating 30 hp 30 hp
Max Speed 8100 rpm 7500 rpm
Max Torque 90 ft-lb @2000 rpm 340 ft-lb @700 rpm
Drive System Inline Direct-Drive (2-speed Gearbox optional) 2-Speed Gearbox
Taper CT or BT 40 CT or BT 50
FEEDRATES VF5 40 Model VF5 40 Model
Rapids on X 500 in/min 500 in/min
Rapids on Y 710 in/min 710 in/min
Rapids on Z 710 in/min 710 in/min
Max Cutting 710 in/min 710 in/min
AXIS MOTORS VF5 40 Model VF5 40 Model
Max Thrust X 2550 lbf 3400 lbf
Max Thrust Y 4100 lbf 4100 lbf
Max Thrust Z 4100 lbf 5600 lbf
TOOL CHANGER VF5 40 Model VF5 40 Model
Type Carousal SMTC
Capacity 20 30 + 1
Max Tool Diameter (full) 3.5″ 4.0″
Max Tool Weight 12 lb 30 lb
Tool-to-Tool (avg) 4.2 sec 4.2 sec
Chip-to-Chip (avg) 6.3 sec 6.3 sec
GENERAL VF5 40 Model VF5 40 Model
Air Required 4 scfm, 100 psi 4 scfm, 100 psi
Coolant Capacity 95 gal 95 gal


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 VF5SS (super speed) for 12,000 rpm.


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