I know the picture is not good but can anyone tell what model this machine is? I am going to look at it Friday if it is not sold before then. The owner does not know much about it they had been using it manually and now the manual control is broken I can buy this really cheap and I am wondering how old it may be and what size the spindle motor is?
If I buy it I would look into rebuilding the control or replacing it. How tall are these machines? Can it be broken down easily to fit under a garage door with a max height of 82"? Once through my 82" shop door I have a 10' ceiling. Would it hurt a machine with say a 15HP motor to change that motor to 5HP I do not have enough electrical service to run a 15 HP motor and I plan to machine aluminum with it. How much would a 5 HP motor cost? Sorry for all the dumb questions. I have been looking for a smaller machine but this one is about scrap metal price so I want to look into it. It has a Fadal 88 control. Could the control be sent somewhere to be rebuilt and if so is that expensive?
Last edited by Gundawg; 10-19-2011 at 02:02 AM.
That is a very early fadal! (1984-1986) DC motors and dont worry about swapping motors your circuit breaker will know when to shut you down.
We have had good luck with our Fadals milling mostly soft steel and aluminum up to 5 axis. We are always looking for spare parts :) If you have a broken down Fadal give a shout.
Is that bad? Should I not look at this machine? I do not want something that is slow or that repair parts are not available for. I do not have enough electrical service to run a real big machine as I have other machines that will be running in the shop with a 100 amp service.
If it is mechanically good and cheap to buy. It is a great deal for a retrofit project.
Parts are easy to get.
I have been looking for a machine and plan to spend no more than $15-$20K if this machine will need more work than that I would just as soon skip it and keep looking. I understand I need to check the physical portion of the machine to make sure the ways and ball screws are not too worn. I just want to know if everything checks out if it would be a good buy and what it would be worth after the retrofit if I decided to sell it.
That machine is a Fadal VMC40. It was produced between 1982 to approximately 1985 or 86. Then the sheet metal was chaged to the white enclosed open top style.
I think I really blew it on this one it sold I could not get off work until Friday to go see it I work 12 hour shifts. I know of one more Fadal that is not for sale until Nov maybe I will end up with that one.
Go to the EBay site and search Fadals, there are a number of machines in your price range. As far as power supply, you can buy single phase transformers for about 600 to 800 bucks. that way you to run them at home. 40 amps is about right for the breaker if I recall correctly.
Getting it in the garage shop is doable, We pulled the z axis motor and cut a slot n the beam on a two car garage door ( later bolted a 1/4 steel plate accross the slot) and got it in.
Here's an example of what's currently on EBay:
1996 Fadal VMC 2216 | eBay