CNC woodworking machinery is vitally important in woodwork industry, especially if you are planning to expand or there is an increase in customer demands. For those who have been doing woodwork manually, the price of CNC equipment may be surprising and the costs of upgrading the system may cause some serious damage to your bank account. Would there be another way of increasing productivity without spending too much?
There is a good alternative for buying new CNC woodworking machinery. Buy used ones! It may sound ridiculous, but very practical. There is a huge range of second-hand equipment that’s still in very good condition indeed, but costs a fraction of the original price. Buying used CNC woodworking machines is a good option for those who have tight budget.
There are several things to think about before buying a previously-used CNC woodworking machine.
- Understand your needs. Make sure that you will be getting equipment that would best fit the demands of your woodworking business. For example, if you need a CNC router for a small-scale business, then you should obviously not be buying a warehouse scale CNC router! Aside from the fact that you will not be maximizing the potential of the machine, it would cost you more than you need to spend.
- Check the machinery’s background. Background checks should include previous maintenance and machine problems and its service records. This would give you an idea if the machine would still be able to meet your expectations when it comes to woodwork. If the machine is not properly maintained, then it may cause you serious problems in terms of production and may end up spending more in repairs and replacement.
- Check the brand name. The benefit of choosing a well branded used machine is due to the machine services that the manufacturer offers. Aside from that, branded machines also tend to be more durable. It is always of paramount importance to look for brands that already have a good reputation when it comes to durability, efficiency and quality.
- Ask the owner if the equipment is still covered with maintenance and warranty. You would like to take advantage of such benefits.
- Don’t forget to negotiate. There are some sellers who would sell a machine at a much lower price than they initially ask. Negotiate and try to get it for the lowest price you can!
Before buying anything, make sure to do all the research possible. The internet is a great way to check and compare prices, brand performance and customer feedbacks. You could check company sites and other businesses to see if they are selling their older models. Some will be selling because they are upgrading their production, closing down or relocating.
Aside from that, local newspapers and hardware stores would often have listings of equipment up for sale. Also check out local woodworkers to see if they are thinking of changing or selling their equipment.
Proper maintenance of your CNC woodworking equipment goes a long, long, way. Even if you have used CNC equipment, it does not necessarily mean that its lifespan would be cut immediately. So long as it is properly maintained, it could be in its top/best condition for a long time.