CNC wood routers are the most diverse woodworking machines. Equally capable of producing detailed work such as intricate cutouts for doors and basic work such as stair risers, CNC routers offer something to almost every type of woodwork. But the advanced technology that supplies their capabilities also makes them some one of the most expensive woodworking machines. This means that shopping for CNC wood routers for sale should be preceded by carefully considering kind of equipment one needs. Before you buy a router, be sure to analyze your needs in terms of production capacity, the equipment budget, and the lifespan of the equipment.
The production capacity of CNC wood routers is defined by several things, the most prominent of which is their construction grade: hobby grade, mid grade, or industrial grade. For low volume woodwork that doesn’t require a high degree of intricacy, a mid grade model may work fine, but a high demand for intricate and/or basic work typically necessitates an industrial model.
Another facet of production capacity is the size of the cutting table. Even if you produce small pieces, a fully loaded, large table will allow you to produce them efficiently in high volumes. A large table also gives you the flexibility to produce large pieces when the need arises. As long as your workspace can house the machine, investing in a model that has a larger table is ideal.
A third dimension of production capacity involves the machine’s cutter head, which normally contains between two and five axes, although models that feature additional axes are also available. The number of axes the machine cuts on defines the cuts it can make, and thus determines the intricacy of the work it produces. Before you invest in a machine that has a certain number of axes, consult with the seller to ensure that the equipment meets your needs.
Industrial grade CNC low volume machining routers that have a large table and elite cutting capacity are priced accordingly, hence the decision of many woodworkers to buy them used. Shopping for CNC wood routers for sale at a professional seller of used woodworking machinery often produces discounts of 50 percent or more off the original price of the equipment. If you need to buy a router on a budget, purchasing reconditioned equipment is the optimal choice. If the model you need still presents a cost concern, consult the seller about financing options.
Lifespan of the Equipment
Because it predicts a long lifespan, industrial grade construction adds to the value of pre-owned equipment. Unlike hobby grade and mid grade models, industrial routers can last for decades when they are properly used and maintained. A professional seller typically re-conditions the equipment before selling it, which may add to the remaining lifespan. If you need used machinery that offers the reliability of new machinery, investing in a pre-owned, industrial grade CNC router is the best option.
If you are shopping for CNC wood routers for sale, considering the purchase from the standpoints of production capacity, the equipment budget, and the lifespan of the equipment is the key to identifying CNC wood routers that meet your needs. For more information about pre-owned CNC routers, contact a seller of used woodworking equipment today.