I certainly don’t want to spend $100k!! – what are my options?
Here at Weldclass CNC Plasma, many of the packages we supply go to metal-fab workshops who are investing in CNC cutting for the first time.
We offer complete state-of-the-art CNC Plasma Table packages starting from Less Than $30,000 – or less than $22 per day finance cost. These units have been well-proven globally and in Australia for over 10 years.
What factors influence the cost?
Variables that affect the total cost of your CNC package include;
- CNC Table model & size: Our most popular models range from 1.2x1.2m up to 1.5x3.0m (cutting area)
- Plasma Cutter model/capacity: We offer various models to handle different material thicknesses and workloads
- Software and Accessories: This will vary from one package to another
- Optional extras: Include; refrigerated air dryers, pipe attachments, software extras & more
We have literally hundreds of combinations, so that we can tailor the right package for you.
Complete our quick quiz here & we’ll send you pricing & specs to suit your application.
Can I Finance a CNC Plasma Cutter?
Finance makes good sense for many first-time CNC owners. For as little as the cost of a takeaway meal per day, you get the benefits of in-house, on-demand CNC profile cutting. In other words; Cut what you want, when you want. Increase your design and production speed. Become more efficient and make more money.
Our CNC packages start from a finance cost of around $19 per day, based on a 5-year term.
Our finance partners are experienced and easy to deal with… or we can work with your choice of financier.
Are there any risks associated with lower cost CNC Plasma Tables?
Yes. In this space, there is an abundance of options that are made down to a price, rather than up to a standard.
To ensure that your CNC Plasma actually does what you intend it to do – save you time and make you more productive – there are some pitfalls that you should be especially aware of;
This component is often overlooked, yet it is the ‘make or break’ of any CNC Plasma table.
Anyone can produce a relatively robust table, but developing highly functional software is hard work – and this is where many manufacturers make shortcuts.
Many lower cost tables use basic “off the shelf” programs that are clunky and inefficient to use.
The good news is that our Cutforce series Plasma tables come standard with software that has been designed for easy and efficient use – ideal for fabricators that don’t want to waste time with complex software that is difficult to learn & operate.
The best value CNC plasma is worthless if you can’t get support when you need it.
This is one of the drawbacks of “off shore” or lesser known suppliers.
At Weldclass CNC Plasma, we offer local after-sales support, and we’re based and owned in Australia since 1980.
3. The Package
There’s a lot more to a CNC Plasma than just the table and the plasma cutter. Rather than tempt you with a cheap deal and leave you to find out about ‘missing’ pieces and shortcuts – we go the extra mile to prepare a complete, industrial-quality package that includes everything you need to get the most from your machine.
Read about our packages here or click hre to get a quote.
Consider the “lifetime” value: Upfront vs Ongoing costs
Whilst the up-front CNC plasma cutter price is an important consideration, it’s also critical to look at the ongoing cost, or “lifetime value”. What may seem like a bargain might become very expensive in the long-term…. And vice-versa; spending more up-front could save you considerable cost going forward.
“Lifetime value” includes what the CNC Plasma will cost or save in terms of labour – as well as actual running expenses. Some of the most important considerations here are;
- Software: Drawing and programming can become one of the most time-consuming and labour-intensive components of a CNC process.
- CNC running costs: Click here for an analysis on running costs of CNC plasma vs other CNC processes, such as waterjet and laser.
- Plasma cutter running costs: In our experience very few plasma cutters are truly cut out for CNC applications. Read more here about how the choice of plasma cutter is critical and will have an impact not only on the cost of consumable parts but also on labour and down time costs.
Should I be looking at Laser, Waterjet or CNC Oxy?
As they say; “horses for courses”. No one single CNC system will offer the “best of everything”.
That said – for first time investors, CNC Plasma is by far the most cost-effective and a very logical choice for metal fabrication work.
Can I use the Government’s Instant Asset Write Off scheme to help me invest in CNC Plasma?
If you’re an Australian business with annual turnover of less than $500 million, then yes you can.
Do I need to be a “Computer Wizz” to operate a CNC Plasma Table?
This depends on the software that comes with your CNC table.
Weldclass Cutforce series CNC Plasma tables are designed for ease of use, and offer a well-thought-out software interface that is designed to be easy to use and easy to learn.
Disclaimer: This information is for general reference only and may not accurately pertain to your situation or intended application. The information in this article is an given from our overall perspective of industrial cutting systems for entry-level users who typically cut materials up to 25-30mm. Buyers should conduct their own research to determine the ideal product for their application. E.&O.E.