Computer Numerical Control(CNC) machining is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed software dictates the movement of factory machinery. CNC Machines are used to create parts and components for almost every industry. This helps the modern-day manufacturing with its high productivity and fast relying method. There are a lot of advantages and benefits this machine could provide, though it can be very expensive investment because of its versatility and high productivity. There are companies that need more than just one machine, so a decision to buy a used model over a new one is often considered. Here are the benefits of purchasing a used CNC machine:
Cost-Efficient – Buying a used machine is almost the same as buying a new one in terms of its functionality. The quality of the product that it produces can also be just as good as a new one especially if the machine itself has been taken care of by the previous owner. Whether you purchase a used machine at a fixed price or a deal at an auction, it’ll be much cheaper than buying a new machine.
Depreciation – Equipment immediately starts to depreciate as soon as you take it off a dealer’s lot, especially in the first 12 months after purchase. Double-digit depreciation is normal in the first year, then it slows down as time goes on. By buying used, you avoid taking the initial hit of depreciation on the machine. Some companies that buy new machines usually just need the machine for a year or so, making the decision to buying a “used” CNC machine a very attractive option.
Increased Flexibility – Equipment represents an expense to your business, but it’ll help pay for itself with increased revenue. Since used equipment can be acquired for less cash compared to new, you’d be able to consider taking on “specialty” jobs or short term contracts. When the work ends, you have the option of selling it to recoup much of your initial investment if you don’t end up with another contract to use the equipment. Another advantage is your company gained experience working on a specialized project, which only adds to your reputation in the industry with your current and prospective customers.
Economical and Eco-Friendly – Purchasing a used CNC machine would help the environment by saving the increasing number of these kinds of machines. These days there are a lot of machines that aren’t beneficial to the ecosystem. One way to be a little more eco-friendly is by recycling and reusing used CNC machines, rather than simply buying new ones.
However, before purchasing a used machine, it is important for companies to assess the machine first. Ask the seller how the machine was taken care of, how many times it was cleaned and lubricated, check if there are wiring and software problems. This will help you assess how much you will need for repair if necessary. Also make sure to ask if the controls are outdated. Outdated controls are not compatible with modern software and assess if there are issues with improper or incorrect programming. Obviously a wrong program could take an effect to the machine as this is the “brain” of the machine.
Take the time in choosing a machine that will serve you as needed and last long. If you’re ready to purchase a CNC machine, browse our extensive inventory of used CNC machines and contact us at Tramar Industries and we’ll help you find the right machine for the job.