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Forum topic by RockyTopScott posted 12-09-2014 12:03 AM 1366 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RockyTopScott

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12-09-2014 12:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cnc

I am edging ever closer to pulling the plug and buying a CNC machine.

My question is other than using it to build things I want to build (and maybe sell) does anyone have a reference point for selling machine time to others…say by the hour?

Charge for design time as well?

Thanks in advance.

RTS

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell


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#1 posted 12-09-2014 07:21 PM

Hourly rates will depend upon the speed of your machine. I’ve got a slower, homemade unit so my charge ranges between $75-$100 per hour depending upon the product being made. People with industrial units like Thermwood will charge $200 or more per hour but they can run twice as fast as I can.

By renting time, I assume you mean that you’re still operating the machine and they just pay for the run time? I’d never allow anyone else to touch our machine since it’s too easy to make mistakes and damage something. We can’t afford downtime caused by others messing with our equipment.

You’ll need to find some potential customers before buying the machine though. It’s not easy locating good accounts. One-time customers of this sort are seldom worth the time it takes to get used to working with them.

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 12:54 AM

Thanks for the info JAAune.

I would just do this part time for now. $50 per hour was the number I was contemplating and yes, I would operate the tool.

My current choice of machine is the Camaster Stinger II (4 by 4) cutting area.

I still have some other issues to resolve before I write a check.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#3 posted 12-10-2014 01:42 AM

BTW beautiful work JAAune.

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#4 posted 12-12-2014 12:32 AM

Your control software should have a option to do a simulated run without even turning the machine on. We do this all the time and then assign a dollar value per minute of cut time. We use $ 2.00 per min for one offs and new customers and then prorate for established customers. Design time is billed at $60 per hour again prorated if the customer has there own art work/ design that can be imported without much trouble. Dan Nelson Nelson Woodcrafters

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 02:15 AM

For the purposes of validating your machine purchase, I would not count the rental value. Your business model needs to support the machine’s cost, then, any additional revenue from renting time is a bonus.

The machine works for you and not the other way around.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#6 posted 02-20-2015 10:22 AM

May I ask what you’re building for $50 an hour?

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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#7 posted 02-20-2015 05:30 PM

Not really building anything Karen. Just renting machine time.

I have some items i would build to sell but was considering using maching capacity when available to cover some fixed costs.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#8 posted 02-20-2015 06:58 PM

Sorry – I mis-read it right from the start. lol

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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