Machine Tools: Repair or Replace
It doesn’t matter if you use a Beta Max Hoist, a lathe, or a drill press. At some point, machine shop tools will wear out. Machine tools, tools used for shaping metal and other hard materials, are especially susceptible to wear and tear. Because the cost of these machines can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, it is important to know what your options are when your machine shop tools one stops working.
When to Replace
Among the most important factors of determining to replace a tool rather than repair it is the days or hours of use it has had. Machine tools can have their use tracked by either days in use or hours of use, both of which work just fine in most situations. If you have had a significant amount of use out any specific tool, it can be tempting to simply upgrade and replace it. However, this isn’t always the best course of action.
Especially if more expensive machines are being considered, such as a Beta Max Hoist, it can be important to consider the possibility of repair. Repairing an item can typically save you over 70% of the cost of replacing a machine. As a general rule of thumb, it is a good idea to do a cost analysis when considering a repair vs replace. If it would cost more than 70% of the price of a new machine to repair your old machine, it is probably a good idea to go and replace it. However, in almost every other case, a repair can be cost effective and keep your machines running well for a long time.
Machine Shop Services: What is possible to repair?
While there are some repairs that are not economical, some are just not possible. However, in most situations, machine tool repair can take care of a significant number of repairs. Repairing a Beta Max Hoist for example, could require rope maintenance, motor maintenance, or something else entirely. The first thing to do would be a troubleshoot of your tool to determine what is causing it to malfunction. If you are not comfortable troubleshooting the machines yourself, give us a call and we can help you determine the cause of machine failure.
Proper Machine Tool Maintenance
After having your machine tools repaired, it is important to understand proper maintenance for each one. Proper maintenance can extend the machine tool life by up to 50%. For example, a lathe should be cleaned and wiped down on a regular basis, as well as the wiper pads which should be cleaned and re-oiled regularly. This regular maintenance will help keep the lathe turning and cutting properly without becoming overly dull or causing undue strain on the motor.
Give us a call for troubleshooting of your machine tools, repair quotes and options, and general maintenance tips. The Werks C and C is your go-to machine repair shop for keeping your tools in good repair.