If you are pricing out a machine for your shop floor and you aren't sure how to get the best deal, or what the terms should be, there are some things you want to take into consideration. It's important to make sure that you get the machine when you need it, regardless if it's a CNC machine or something that just welds, and that the machine is high quality. Here are a few of the things you want to talk with the machining company about when you get an estimate.
Who Pays for Materials?
If the machining company pays for the cost of materials then you don't have to worry about paying up front for work that isn't completed yet. Some machining companies require a deposit with a purchase order and they will use that to pay for the materials and that is what you want to see in the contract. You don't want to put out a lot of money and end up without the product you were imagining.
What are the Payment Terms?
The payment terms are important, especially if you can't pay for the machine all at once. Find a company that is willing to take a deposit and down payment, and then two other payments after you see the progress of the machine and you get closer to the completion date. If the entire cost is due upfront, or if you need to have it all paid before halfway through the build, this may not be economical for you.
What is Included in the Price
After you negotiate and look at the cost you want to know what's included in the price of the machine. You should expect the following:
These are just a few of the services you want to know are included, so you aren't trying to figure out related problems later on.
If you know that it's time to replace a machine on your shop floor and you aren't sure what company in your area makes a high quality machine at a fair and honest price, these are a few of the questions you want to ask. This way you don't leave any questions out of the equation when you are making the deposit and waiting for the machine to come to your shop floor. For more information, contact companies like Tri-State Fabricators Inc.Share
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