I doubt I have to tell anyone who works with industrial machinery what a make-or-break deal a good deburring machine can be. The right deburring machine can save you time, money, labor, and can improve both the volume and quality of your production. But I also doubt that I have to tell anyone who works with industrial machinery that buying any new piece of equipment can be a huge investment, and not one that you want to jump into without doing your homework.
New or Used? You need to do your research.
There are a lot of types of deburring machines out there, and a lot of options when it comes to buying them, both new and used, from the usual auctions and distributors to online classifieds and even buying them direct from the manufacturer. With so many choices, it becomes doubly important that you make sure you look before you leap.
Used might be the answer, but keep this information in mind.
Sometimes it’s just no longer cost effective to put off adding a deburring solution to your production line, but it may also not be in your budget to pick up a new version of the machine you need. In those cases, buying a used deburring machine may be your best bet. Buying a used machine can be a big money saver, but there are a few things to keep in mind when you go out shopping for one.
Make sure your buying for your specific deburring needs.
Whether you’re buying a used machine or a new one, the most important thing to do is make sure that you’re getting the right machine for your needs, take it from me. You’ll want to know exactly what those needs are, what sorts of work the machine will be doing and how much of it, what materials the parts you’re machining will be made out of, if you need the machine for any other processes, and finally, what dimensions the machine needs to be. You may need a bigger machine to accommodate your needs, but most of us also have a limited amount of space into which the machine has to fit.
Again, do your research. Familiarize yourself with current prices.
Once you’ve found the machine that’s right for you, you’ll need to settle on a budget. This is where the Internet can come in really handy. A little bit of online research on the type of machine you’re looking for can tell you what new models of it sell for, and also give you the going rate on used models. Doing some research up front can also help make sure that you’re getting a good deal for your money. Before you buy a used machine, make sure to check on things like how heavily the machine has been used, and if any parts have been replaced or rebuilt, before you make an offer.
Don’t be afraid to directly contact proven industry leaders.
One good way that I’ve found for getting a good deal on a dependable used deburring machine is to go direct to manufacturers, who often sell used, refurbished, and retrofitted deburring machines, and also offer solutions to upgrade old ones. Not only do they offer warranties and replacement and repair plans on their used equipment just like on their new equipment, but you also get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you bought from the experts, who know deburring machines inside and out, because they build them.