I agree with you pal, we have been running our Haas machine for 3 years independently. If you are dealing with plastic and other soft materials or you are doing low power requirement machining, Haas can be cost effective machine to use. We carry out small lot quantity usually 1 to 10pc and in some few cases the amount of material removed is more than what is left. Usually we do not spent much time playing with programing and tooling when we are dealing with low volume parts.
Using 2 or 3 times as many cuts to the parts simply doesn’t add up.
Whenever you are running 24/7 that is high volume parts it pays if you look for a good HMC instead of spending much time trying to optimizing the process. Still I think the output of one operator and a machine is less than a couple of machines and operators combined. So you may have to consider this as you are still contemplating on the decision to take.