If you’re looking to buy re-marketed CNC machine tools, you may be wondering what the true cost of ownership is. When you buy used versus new, the savings can be substantial but there are a few things to keep in mind regarding service and maintenance costs. Hopefully this guide will give you a better understanding of the process as well as delve a bit deeper into the different types of used CNC machines.

 

Critical Considerations

Service

The time to look into service is before you make your purchase. When purchasing machinery, it’s a good idea to become familiar with your machine in the event it needs to be serviced. Or, find a competent person who is already familiar with the make and model of your machine if servicing is needed. Parts can play a vital role in the servicing of your machine and most are found in abundance.

  

Controls

For machines older than approximately 15 years old, you may want to look into whether the controls are upgradable if you’re doing complex or 3D machining and that replacement components, particularly boards are going to be available.

 

Research

The great thing about older machines is that there’s been a lot of time to identify any significant problems with any particular models. Internet research and online forums are good places to find information about specific makes and models. Research is key to ensure you’re getting the best machine to fit your needs!