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Tips for Buying Used CNC Woodworking Machines

Since the mid 1970s, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) woodworking equipment has redefined how woodwork is performed. Instead of a machinist controlling its operation, CNC equipment is computer controlled. In addition to producing more accurate, refined cuts, this style of operation allows companies to have a single worker monitor two or more CNC stations simultaneously. In addition to potentially allowing companies to reduce staff, computer-controlled equipment also helps:

  • Reduce waste pieces
  • Increase the production rate
  • Produce intricate pieces

On the down side, computer-controlled equipment typically costs more than conventional equipment. That is why many companies opt to buy used CNC woodworking machines from sellers of surplus woodworking machines. If you are considering purchasing pre-owned CNC equipment, below are some points to keep in mind as you shop for the right equipment.

Number of axes

An axis is defined as a linear or circular cutting motion performed by the cutting mechanism. Most CNC machines have three or five axes, with the latter offering more cutting capacity than the former. In general, the more refined work you produce, the more axes you need. With that said, it is important to determine exactly how many axes your work requires, as the price difference between equipment with three axes and equipment with five axes is usually significant. A seller of surplus woodworking machines will help you decide the number of axes you need.

Table size

The size of the equipment’s table determines the size of the pieces it cuts. If you produce large pieces such as stair risers, you need a larger table than you could use to produce cabinet doors. Having a large table also aids in upping the production rate of smaller pieces, as the table needs to be loaded fewer times. A seller of used CNC woodworking machines will help you determine the best table size for your needs.

Construction grade

Woodworking equipment has three grades of construction: hobby grade, mid grade, and industrial grade. The grade you need is determined by how often you use the equipment, the intensity of the work, and how long you expect the equipment to last. If you use the equipment daily under strenuous conditions for an extended period, choosing an industrial grade model is the best idea.

Remaining lifespan

How many years of use should pre-owned equipment have left? The answer depends on how you use it. If the equipment is part of the daily production line, its reliability regarding lifespan is more concerning than if it is operated sporadically for occasional projects. If you use the machine infrequently, investing in a model that has ten years remaining on its lifespan may be unnecessary, as the minimal wear the equipment received could put its actual remaining lifespan somewhere in the range of twenty-five to thirty-five years.

Call RT Machine for your equipment needs

As a seller of used CNC woodworking machines for close to fifteen years, RT Machine understands the concerns companies have when they shop for surplus woodworking machines. We offer pre-sale technical support to help companies choose the machine that suits their needs. If you need assistance choosing quality, pre-owned woodworking equipment, call us today.

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