2 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A New Plasma Cutting Machine
For a new shop just opening or for a metal working or fabrication shop that is replacing an old system, getting the correct plasma cutting machine is a priority. Unfortunately, many people fall into simple traps when purchasing equipment for new shops or replacing existing systems.
Avoiding these mistakes is a bit more complicated than just knowing what you need the machine to do and then making a purchase. As the equipment becomes more sophisticated, getting the best possible machine offering all the features and functions to be able to do the increasingly complicated cutting jobs of today can be the difference between bringing in new customers or not getting new work.
Not Shopping Around
It is a very wise idea to shop around for a plasma cutting machine. The internet makes this easy as you can hop online from your office or even on your tablet or smartphone and take a close look at the equipment from all US or international based manufacturers.
Ideally, buying something in your area is always the best option as this gives you a chance to take a look at the plasma cutting system before making a final choice. It also reduces any shipping costs and ensures that if there is any problem with setup or operation, support is available.
Shopping around also provides information on the latest in designs, functions, features and systems.
Buying on Price
Price is going to be important, but it should not be the only factor that determines if a plasma cutting machine is the best one for your shop. If you are trying to decide between machines that are different prices, consider a lease of both for a short period of time.
Not all manufacturers offer equipment leasing. However, it is a great way to try out the specific model you are considering and compare it side by side with the competition in your own shop. Additionally, and this is critical, some companies offer training on the equipment as well as an installation as part of the price. That can be an invaluable service.
In addition to price, look for the ease of use of the machine. Some equipment is very complicated to operate, which leads to an increasing risk of operator error. This, in turn, adds to the cost of operation as waste increases as does time on any given project. Simple, precise and advanced equipment in plasma cutting is out there; you will just need to do your research to get the best for your needs.