In my opinion, this is another one of those (It Depends). If you're
doing small parts, or parts that don't make a lot of chips - like if
you can go a week without having to clean out the chips - then a chip
auger would be a non-essential luxury.
If you're making so many chips that you have to clean out the machine
twice a day, then a chip auger will be REAL handy.
We've got 4 Fadals with no chip augers, and don't miss them. We've
got 1 Haas mill and 2 Haas lathes that DO have chip augers and they are
absolutely necessary for the lathes, but so-so for the mill.
We're not a high volume production shop, but mainly a prototype,
tooling, and short run shop.
It depends on the volume of metal you are removing. If you are removing
lots of material over a reletively short period of time and doing higher
production you'll want the option. If your parts are small, low volume. and
have just a small amount of metal removal, the option would be a waste of
They can usually be added later if your needs change.
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