Buying a used machine will be the best financial decision your company can make. Why? Think about cars and how much they cost initially. As soon as you drive it off of the lot it loses around 10% of its value. Fast forward to the end of the first year of owning the car and you have now lost 20% of its total value. Machines can be similar in the way they lose value over time. The more wear and tear on the machine, the more value it loses. Brand new CNC Machines range anywhere from $5,000 to $500,000 depending on the type of machine you are getting. Now that is a big chunk of your company’s expense for the year. Your goal should always be to try and make the most economical decision for your business. The first thing you can do is find ways to save money on the machinery your shop will need to operate. The used machine world can seem very intimidating and overwhelming with all of the options, but we are here to help. Here are some guidelines on what to know before you buy used CNC machines!
CNC machines can last for well over 15 years in most cases. Chances are the machine you wish to part ways with has some value. How do you know what your CNC Machine is worth? It was worth $100,000 when you first purchased it, but what is it worth after you have tacked on over 40,000 hours of use? Is the machine you want to sell in high demand right now? Or is it so old that it would be better of in a museum?
With revenues over $2.75 billion and over 70 years of industry experience; Amada continues to create top-quality machines that always hold their value after continuous years of use. That is why it is one of our most requested and trusted brands that we have been reselling. One of our very own salesman, Mike Loehr, even chimed in saying, “Amada to me is getting that trusted check-mark for most. A lot of people in this industry have been around for a long time and they want something that will last. Their machines are headache-free.” Of course, there are lots of other brands that we could recommend, but we have seen (especially for press brakes) that Amada press brakes are always a top choice when it comes to our inventory.
There are four types of press brakes that you can choose from. There are mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and electric press brakes. But let’s focus in on the two most popular types: Mechanical and Hydraulic.