Thoughts? I've been back and forth with all the threads in here and on the Haas site.
Here's what I need but not sure how to get there:
10K RPM (air/oil)
Small (Garage with rotary phase converter, not yet acquired)
What I will be running:
75 percent Aluminum, smallish parts (4-5 inch square 2 inches thick average)
Some stainless (303-304)
Occasional (rare) tool steel
I understand I'm pushing the envelope (literally) with the MiniMill but I am going to be running a phase converter and not sure I can make the step up to the VF1. I'll be employing a general HSM strategy to make up for the assumed loss of rigidity I will have as compared to the machines I have at work (2 VF3s and 4 Fadal 4020s).
With the Build a Quote I'm in the mid $90's, so I'm not sparing much expense here. I'm more limited by power and ceiling height than anything else. Is this the right road to be going down? As soon as I see the price tag I keep thinking there has to be a better option.