Frequently Asked Questions

What should I look for when buying used CNC Mill Center?

The major items would be, once you determine the size (based on the parts that you produce) and
which manufacturers you would be happy with and budget:

  1. Condition
  2. Age of Machine
  3. Materials Ran
  4. Hours

For more information, please read What to look for when buying a Used CNC Machine.

What is the perfect age for a Used CNC Machine? Why?

There seems to be a good range for the age of a used CNC machine. I feel it is from 4 – 10 years old. That is based on a machine that runs the typical 1000 hours of spindle time per year. For reasoning and more details, please read What is the perfect age for a Used CNC Machine? Why?

How does Jamestown Machinery handle quote for shipping

We work with freight brokers, whom we have worked with for a great many years, that we trust and are reasonably priced for our buyers. Here are some example options on trucking that we can recommend. Of course this is based on, dimensions and weight of the machine.

  • LTL (Less than truckload shipping or less than load, is the transportation of relatively small freight.) (Less Expensive): We use this one the most often with our brokers. Basically as a truck is transitioning somewhere near us from another load or will be near us and needs to fill space on an empty portion, or completely empty truck. This also applies to machines that are not in stock at our facility.
  • Dedicated Load: (More Expensive): Buyer may need the machine in a timely matter, in this case a dedicated may be required to meet a delivery and or size of the machine.
  • Dedicated load Drop Deck Trailer: (Most Expensive): Due to the size of the machine, height, weight, and permits, that may be required. This is type of trailer is typically for large Horizontal Machining Centers, Vertical Machining Centers, or Lathes with greater height.
Who pays for the shipping?

The buyer of the machine. We pass all information from our brokers to the buyers with NO additional mark up. Our brokers handle the coordination between, seller, buyer, and all rigging companies involved.

How is rigging of the machine handled?

If it is a stock machine, we have a local rigger about 5 to 10 minutes from us that handles, the majority of our rigging requirements. This benefits the buyer in keeping the price down to load the machine.

If it is a machine offsite, we are usually in contact with the seller to determine the best rigger to load the machine to the truck.

Prices can vary greatly:

  • Due in part to location of the company.
  • Other equipment maybe required to be moved, before buyers machine.
  • Difficulty in removing the machine as it maybe in multiple sections.
Who pays for the rigging?

The buyer of the machine. We pass all information from the riggers to the buyers with NO additional mark up.