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Protect Your Investment with a CNC Machine Appraisal

Posted by Equipment Appraisal Services on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 11:34 AM

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When precision tooling and machining is vital to your business' success, getting a quality CNC machine appraisal helps best protect that significant investment in your business' equity. But these machines are interfaced with a wide range of other tools and operate in a number of different environments, making it very difficult to determine exactly what your equipment values should be. Here are some of the considerations to keep in mind when getting your CNC equipment appraisals performed.

Protect Your Investment with a CNC Machine Appraisal

A Computer Numerical Control or CNC machine provides exact precision control of a wide range of machinery. It can operate mills, lathes, plasma cutters, wire erosion, water jet cutters, drills, routers, grinders and many other pieces of machinery to meet the exacting specifications of a wide range of projects. They can range in price from a few thousand dollars to well over $100,000 a piece, depending on the level of precision required and the size and specifications of the tools to be used. A certified appraiser should have experience in CNC machines due to their complex nature.

With this type of cost, it's easy to sink a significant amount of capital into these machines. When you have a certified equipment appraiser provide you with documentation of the equipment values, you can make better decisions about your investment. An appraisal might tell if your machinery is beginning to wear due to high hours. It might also tell whether the machinery has been well or poorly maintained, helping decide which used machinery to purchase for your business. If the market has been shifting, it may be able to tell whether you should invest in additional equipment or sell off excess CNC machines to ride out the storm of an industry downturn. 

If your business suffers a loss due to theft, vandalism or a disaster, having an appraisal on your machinery helps you get what your business needs from a reluctant insurance company. It helps you prove value if you're using your CNC machine as collateral for a financial institution if you're expanding your business or taking advantage of a new opportunity. A certified equipment appraiser can even provide a value for your CNC machinery after it's been damaged in a fire or donated to a charitable organization. But without having a proper machinery valuation in place, you may find that you're losing out on your business finances.

By getting a quality CNC machine appraisal, you can ensure that your business' investment is protected, whether you have an insurance loss while dealing with a difficult adjustor, need to document value when selling a business or the information you need to determine when it's time to replace aging machinery. But you need to make sure you're working with a certified equipment appraiser who has experience researching CNC machinery. A certified appraiser has the training and experience to prepare machinery valuation reports that are based on standardized methodologies and for that reason, will stand up to scrutiny in legal, financial and insurance circles.

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