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Frequently Asked Questions

What to look for when buying a used CNC lathe?

When buying a used CNC lathe, consider the following factors:

  • Condition: Inspect the machine thoroughly for any signs of wear, damage, or excessive usage.
  • Maintenance History: Inquire about the machine's maintenance history and any past repairs or modifications.
  • Brand and Model: Research the reputation and reliability of the CNC lathe brand and model.
  • Accuracy and Precision: Check the machine's accuracy and precision by examining sample parts.
  • Control System: Ensure that the CNC control system is up-to-date and compatible with your requirements.
  • Bed Length and Swing: Verify the bed length and swing size to accommodate your machining needs.
  • Tooling and Accessories: Check if the machine comes with essential tooling and accessories.
  • Seller's Reputation: Buy from a reputable seller or dealer with a track record of selling quality used machinery.

Gibbs Machinery has been selling used equipment for over 75 years. Since 1946 we have built lasting relationships with companies across the world. Supplying millions in manufacturing solutions, reliability and delivery remain a cornerstone of our business, even as our inventory has evolved in tandem with manufacturing technologies. We count our long list of repeat customers as a testament to the quality product and customer service we provide.

How long is the life expectancy of a CNC lathe?

The life expectancy of a CNC lathe can vary based on several factors:

  • Brand and Quality: Well-known brands and higher-quality machines tend to have longer life expectancies.
  • Usage: Heavy-duty use or continuous operation may shorten the machine's life.
  • Maintenance: Regular and proper maintenance can extend the life of a CNC lathe.
  • Technology Advancements: Advancements in CNC technology may lead to obsolescence before mechanical failure.
  • Parts Availability: Availability of spare parts can impact the machine's serviceability over time.

On average, a well-maintained CNC lathe can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years or more, but this can vary significantly depending on the above factors.

How much does a used CNC lathe machine cost?

The cost of a used CNC lathe machine can vary widely depending on several factors, including:

  • Brand and Model: More reputable and advanced brands/models may have higher price tags.
  • Age and Condition: Older machines or those in poor condition may be more affordable.
  • Features and Specifications: Machines with advanced features and higher specifications may cost more.
  • Size and Capacity: Larger CNC lathes with higher capacity may be more expensive.
  • Included Accessories: Additional tooling and accessories can impact the overall cost.

As a rough estimate, used CNC lathes can range from a few thousand dollars for smaller, older models to several hundred thousand dollars for larger, high-end machines.

How can I browse for used machinery on Gibbs Machinery Company's website?

To browse for used machinery, you have two options on the Buy Used Machinery page: You can either browse by Manufacturer or browse by Type. If you know the specific manufacturer you are interested in, you can select it from the list. Alternatively, you can choose the type of machinery you are looking for from the categories listed, such as Gear Machinery, CNC Machining Centers, Grinders, and more.

Can I search for specific used machinery using the search bar on the Buy Used Machinery page?

Yes, you can use the search bar on the Buy Used Machinery page to enter the Manufacturer, Model, or Description of the machinery you are looking for. This will help you find specific items or equipment that match your search criteria.