Tips For Buying Used CNC Machines

Buying a brand new CNC Machine can set you back quite a bit, that’s why most people who are considering a CNC machine to purchase buy used. While saving money is a huge plus, it’s important to be wary and knowledgeable when buying a used machine, especially for the first time. With that being said, here are some tips for buying used CNC machines.

  • Be Informed

    Buying a used machine requires more research than buying a new one. Be sure to stay alert and construct a list of requirements you need from the machine to perform the job. Compare machine listings and be aware of the differences between similar models. Always be sure to check specifications to ensure it has all the capabilities needed to meet your requirements.

  • Inspect

    On top of reading documentation, always be sure to inspect the machine and make sure it passes the eye test. You can either inspect it yourself or have a trusted third party inspector if you aren’t knowledgeable enough to do it on your own.

    Check all the functions by actually carrying them out, and check the machine for its free movement of all axes, spindle movement, tool alignment and so forth. Apart from the overall condition, ask the dealer about the tolerance of the machine. Humidity and temperature can cause deviation in the manufacturing process so it’s important to check how they affect the functionality of the CNC machine.

  • Quality

    When it comes to used CNC machines, they typically have been used enough times to identify any problems with the machines and their drawbacks. By conducting thorough research online, you can see which specific models stand the test of time and are ideal for machine shops.

  • Request Documentation

    As much as possible, try to get a hold of as much documentation on the machine as you can, whether it’s repair history, bills and manuals. If in any case a problem with the machine arises, having documentation can help you know what parts or components you need once you’ve identified the problem.

  • Find a trusted dealer

    Always make sure you purchase from a dealer who is well-known for their business ethics to make sure you, as a customer, are being taken care of. You can also find the best deals by making sure you shop around either physically or online.

    Shopping online gives you the benefit of having a more diverse pool of CNC machines to choose from, while buying from a local dealer gives you the benefit of seeing the machine in person and inspecting it. Some of the best deals can also be found on online machinery auctions, particularly liquidation or court ordered auctions.

Following these tips, you’ll be able to find the best CNC machine that’s right for you. If you’re interested in buying a CNC machine, make sure to look through our used CNC machine inventory. Contact us today and we’ll help you find the right machine that’s perfect for your application.

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