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Buying a CNC Dovetailer: An Overview

Dovetail machines (a.k.a. dovetailers) are used to produce dovetail joints, which are distinctive for their interlocking teeth that produce excellent tensile strength. The joints are also valued for the unique aesthetic they bring to furniture and other woodwork, but they are time-consuming to produce with conventional woodworking equipment. That is why many woodworkers use a pre-owned CNC dovetailer to create the joints. Used CNC routers may also be used to create them, although a dovetailer is typically preferred for a large production run.

CNC Machinery Versus Conventional Machinery

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery has a different mode of operation than conventional machinery. A computer controls the cutting mechanism instead of a machinist—a mode of operation that results in refined cutting accuracy, increased production capacity, and a reduction of waste pieces. Because a computer operates it, a computer-controlled machine requires less human intervention than a conventional machine. In fact, some CNC environments have a single machinist, who simultaneously watches over several machine stations.

Finding an Affordable Option

At a time when many woodworking companies are struggling to improve the bottom line, the opportunity to increase production capacity, reduce waste work, and potentially reduce staff is difficult to pass up. However, realizing these benefits requires paying a premium price for the computer-controlled equipment that affords the benefits. The price difference between a standard dovetailer and a computer-controlled model could easily be five figures, but buying the latter in used condition helps mitigate the cost of the investment. Another way to save money is comparing the cost of a pre-owned dovetailer to other machines that produce dovetail joints, especially used CNC routers. If a router costs significantly less than a dovetailer, it may be the best option.

Finding a Seller

Due to their superior performance and cost saving benefits, computer-controlled dovetailers are gradually replacing conventional dovetailing machines, which are easy to find on the used market. Computer-controlled models are not as easy to find on the used market, which can be a problem for companies wanting to locate a large number of pre-owned, computer-controlled models and compare prices. When this is the goal, the buyer should look for a professional seller of used woodworking equipment that stocks a large inventory of pre-owned CNC machines, and has a machine locator service that will locate machines in the inventories of other sellers. In addition to saving the buyer time, shopping with such a seller results in the buyer receiving the best machine regarding price and production quality.

Call RT Machine for your equipment needs

If you need a CNC dovetailer, RT Machine is the company to call. For over ten years, we have supplied companies and independent contractors with various kinds of woodworking equipment, from used CNC routers to dovetailing machines. If we do not have the equipment you need in stock, our locator service will find it in another equipment inventory, and have it shipped to your location. To learn more about our inventory and services, peruse our website, or call us today.

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