Metal fabrication machines are built to last for many years of tough, day in and day out work. There are many reasons why a machine may be retired; the business focus has changed, the products have changed or perhaps the company failed and the equipment is available at auction or from a reputable used machinery dealer. Whatever the case, used metal fabrication machines can save you many thousands of dollars and, the equipment is available when you need it, not after a six month lead time for a new machine.
If you are considering purchasing used metal fabrication machines there are a few questions that you should ask yourself:
- How often will the machine be used? This is a key question; if you are running a three shift operation the machine will have to stand up to the rigors of round the clock use. On the other hand, if the machine will be employed only when something needs repairing, then a far lighter duty and less expensive machine will suffice.
- Who will operate the machine? If the machine has complex CNC controls, ask yourself if you have operators that have the necessary skills or will you have to train them to properly use the machine. CNC equipment is ideal, high repetitive quality can be assured and production rates are far higher than manual equipment; but there is a need for special skills.
- What kind of budget do you have? High quality metal fabrication machines are an investment and the depreciation of this equipment is low. Although a new machine will depreciate, perhaps 20 percent in the first year, high quality machines, when well maintained are worth as much in ten years as what you paid for it in the first place.
When you opt for used metal fabrication machines you can actually get more machine for your money; better capacity and more options.
When you know you need a machine to do the job, you want it now. Buying from a reputable dealer will ensure that the machine has been tested and refurbished and ready to produce the moment it is installed in your factory.