Buy it. you'll love it when you've had it a month.
I'm about to buy my first Cnc-mill and have been offered a brand new Hurco VM10 with 'sub contractor' software package (DXF, Ultipocket, Swept surface with 3D mould etc.) for about 50K$.
Since I know very little about this machine other than its small enough to fit in my workshop and seems to have a very easy-to-learn software I need some more input before making a choice.
Whats the strenght and weaknesses of these machines? What other choices are available for similar money and still have a x/y/z of ~400-500mm but are not larger then ~2,5x2,5x2,5m?
I´m a newbie to cad/cam and would like to program the machine on the floor if possible and therefore a good Dialog system feels necessary. Will most likely do a lot of prototypes and only short series.
Buy it. you'll love it when you've had it a month.
This is really good price for this machine. Buy it. Winmax is a best control for you. Machines are strong and trouble free.
Remember that if you are going to mill advanced 3d parts hurco's 3d dialog functions could be not enough for you. 2d and simple 3d you can program at the machine fast and easy.
Sorry that my English is like... :)
Take it you will not be sorry, The programming is very easy and it is a pleasure working with it. Quick setups as well and you will do most of your programming on the machine!
Working on machines for the last 20years. Doing field service. I landed my retirement job now, and they have Hurcos.
1. Operators love the control.
2. One of the most unreliable machines i've ever come across.
3. Made in taiwan, with lots of "new" parts that are no good from the factory
4. Boards and control parts are way overpriced, and hard to troubleshoot.
5. Low end machines, buy a HAAS, more reliability, and a lot cheaper for parts.
6. I will say service from Hurco is good, they respond fast.
All comments made are my opinion!
I just purchased a VM-10 and thought it would be delivered today but the trucking company is running a few days behind. I did look at Haas's and would have bought a Mazak but don't have the head height for one. Bought the Winax classics package and rigid tap for now. This is my first CNC vertical, really wanted a Mazak!
I my self would lean toward the Hurco machine if you plan on doing a lot of "Shop floor programing". The Winmax Control and the graphics screen is a tough combination to beat for that type of work. Although the complex 3d work is best left to a quality CAM system.
Go for the hurco! After many years running different controls they are the easiest to do short runs and can run any g-code any of the other companys can and just as well. The cnc world is full of people who hate anything but what they are use to. The truth is there all good machines and anyone who says different is selling something. Just my 2 cents. Judleroy
Common guys !
Do you honestly advocate a Haas or Mazak over a Hurco when it comes to prototype work done on the floor ?
This is a no brainer.
No way can you manually program a Haas as fast as a Hurco, and thats not even considering the math calculations that Hurcos do for you
I have yet to have a Haas tell me where a tangent point is, or a helix coordinate ?
He said he will do it from the floor
He does not have CAD/ CAM experience.
It would take a year to learn MasterCam and G code
He can run the Hurco in a day
As far as the mechanics of the machine and it's construction, You may have some points, but please spell them out instead of general comments.
Things like age and model number and Part issues.
I know shops that dump their Haas's after 5 years, because they do not do preventive maintenace..Or have 20,000 hours on them
Just wanted to post some youtube links demonstrating how to program Hurco's with Winmax controls
Hurco Ultimax Training Video by hurconotes
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW1I2FpoS98"]YouTube- Hurco Ultimax Training Video
Hurco Tool Setup and Calibration Video by hurconotes
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91_amUKonYo"]YouTube- Hurco Tool Setup and Calibration
Hurco Part Setup Video by hurconotes
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTvXlXrhIf4"]YouTube- Hurco Part Setup
Just wanted to put it out there.
The older Ultimax 3 and 4 controls are very similar to the to the Winmax controls.
Doses anyone have any good videos for MAZAK or other conversational type controllers. I would love to see them.
I think these are excellent machines to start out with cause they are easy to learn, quick to setup, and offer a lot of value for the money so your ROI will be quicker. Although you may want to invest in a better machines as your shop and experience expands... or you may find out these machines fit your needs perfectly.
Last edited by glovebox20; 01-09-2010 at 09:33 AM.
I've got a 2007 VM1, one of the first with WinMax. I am the second owner. As pointed out by the techs, they did have problems. But I can tell you that Hurco support goes above and beyond expectations to take care of the customer inspite of the warranty term.
My wifes company has both a VM10 and a VM10U, the machines have performed flawlessly.
From an operating stand point, the WinMax control is nice, it's really made for a green CNC operator or a one man show. I program off line & use the ISNC side of the machine. Help files are all on the control, there's a number of 'panic' buttons if you will. Along with the BRB (big red button) there a Feed Hold, Feed Stop, Interrupt. Interrupt is a great feature which allows you to at any point during the machining cycle to stop, take a look and pick back up where it let off. You can adjust the Feed & Spindle speed on the fly which is handy if you have chatter or some harmonic. The control is clean & uncluttered. I'm happy with mine.