Some Advice For Buying Used Industrial Woodworking Machinery

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If you are at the point where you need to upgrade from your manual woodworking machinery to industrial woodworking machinery to meet customer demand, be prepared to experience sticker shock. Although you probably know how much the machinery that you need will cost, actually paying that cost is sure to give you butterflies in your stomach. In order to cut costs on woodworking machinery, some woodworkers buy machines that represent an upgrade but that still don’t meet their increased demand, means that they don’t produce enough products and overwork their less than capable machinery in the process. A better alternative for saving money on industrial woodworking machinery is to buy used woodworking machines, which can be just as effective as new machinery if you observe the following tips before making your decision.
Background Research
By background research, we’re taking about finding out exactly what kind of machines you need by observing other woodworking operations. In many cases, growing woodworking businesses overpay for machinery simply because they don’t determine what level of machinery meets their current needs while leaving a little room growth. For example, while you may need to upgrade from hand held routers to a CNC router, that doesn’t automatically mean that you need to put down $50,000 for a used warehouse capacity router. While you’d still be saving money by purchasing the router used, paying the above price for a used CNC router when a lower capacity $20,000 used router would suit your needs amounts to over-paying, not cost cutting.
Searching for Brand Names
While a brand name doesn’t equate with superior quality in each and every case; in the world of industrial machinery, venerable brand names are venerable for a very objective reason: they offer durability and quality results. Unlike industries where “superior” products use cheaper materials to achieve the same look or popular appeal, industrial woodworking machinery is literally the sum of its parts. If a certain brand stops offering the durability and efficiency that it once did, it can’t rely of the power of its status symbol, because it was never status symbols in the first place. If you know that a brand has an excellent reputation, chances are that that reputation will come through even when a machine is used.
Confirming a Maintenance Record
Although a brand name can serve as an indication of quality, no brand can still deliver quality when a machine hasn’t been properly maintained. Therefore, before you buy any type of used industrial woodworking machinery, always ask for an official copy of its logged service record. If an industrial machine has a history of proper maintenance, you can expect it to fulfill its lifespan and then some. But without proper maintenance history, a used woodworking machine will likely hamper your production instead of increasing it.

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