In the first two blogs in this series about picking a CNC router I discussed learning about router specs, picking the ones we needed and then selecting a manufacturer and dealer to supply our machine. I hear a great deal of talk about routers and how much they should cost. Some of my friends have bought routers from China. Service isn’t part of the package. When something goes wrong there is a steep learning curve to get the necessary parts and get things going again. I know people who want to do it all themselves, including building the router. I have no doubt they save money but they trade this money saved for the amount of time they invest. I maintain that time equals money and time is my most valuable resource. I don’t want to fiddle with my machine. I don’t even want to think about it. Other than greasing it as necessary and blowing off the dust I don’t do anything other than running it. Once or twice each year I’ll have a little maintenance done and occasionally the bearings need replacing. I let a knowledgeable and experienced factory tech do that work. I keep busy doing the work I love.
Choosing a top end router with top notch service didn’t come cheap. You get what you pay for. I didn’t endlessly haggle nor beat my guy down. I wanted a long term relationship with a friend that would take care of me over the long haul. And that I got.
Once we had negotiated a price it was time to figure out the terms to make sense of our purchase. My business plan indicated we could pay for the machine over two years. To be safe we decided to finance it over four. To be able to write off the machine quickly, we opted to lease the machine for four years with a small buyout at the end. Delivery, installation, setup, training, software and two years of service were negotiated into the deal.
The price of the machine worked out like this…