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April '18

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Top Five Points to Consider When Purchasing a Router Robert Marshall, AXYZ International 1. Buying the cheapest. This is strictly a short-term financial decision that may be costlier in the long-term. The downside to this decision may be lower performance, less reliability and the limited availability of parts. 2. Choosing the wrong process area. Buying a machine with more capacity than needed is not cost-effective. Nor is the purchase of a router than turns out to have less-than-needed capacity. Buyers should seek expert advice. 3. Not planning for future produc- tion requirements. The buyer should match the machine to future goals. A router can play a huge part in the company's growth. 4. Misjudging various tooling required for multiple materials. Bed size and variety are likely to require different cutting heads and tooling. The router should have the flexibility to process multiple materials and uti- lize a variety of cutting tools. 5. Missing out on necessary acces- sories to keep costs down. A router that is a productive workhorse used to its maximum capacity will pay for itself over time. Insist on factory-employed expertise to determine the right acces- sories and options for the business and its applications. This should be a priority. Editor's note: You can find five more points to consider when purchasing a router on our website at www.bit.ly/ RouterSuccess. A&E APRIL 2018 • a-e-mag.com 31 needs both now and in the future, you'd be investing a significant sum of money." Alvarez builds on that point. "Be mindful of your budget," he cautions. "Most customers will finance a machine, which means you will have a monthly pay- ment. If business drops or slows down, you will still have to make that payment." However, sources agree that this is minor if you've done your homework. "If the need is there and you take full advan- tage of the incredible things a router can do, it will have paid for itself in less than 12 months," Marshall believes. Shops should also consider size when it comes to routers. If you have a very small workshop, this may not be the equip- ment for you. "Machines can have a large footprint and take up space," Donaldson says. "Larger routers may need a dedicated, higher voltage electric supply. Some may need a vacuum pump to hold work pieces." These are all things to consider before making your purchase. In general, however, the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. "When you inte- grate a CNC router into your business, you are taking control of your production needs and quality control while expanding new services, which allows you to attract new customers and increase your revenue streams," Alvarez emphasizes. A&E

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