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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-17-2014, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hello my name is Victor (Logged in as Sunrunner) and am new to this forum. I have a small weekend craft business which I sell at several venues including craft shows, farmers markets and store concessions.

Fortunately this small craft business is becoming larger and I'm having difficulty keeping up with orders. I've been researching router carver duplicators as a solution to the issue. Although CNC has been recommended I just don't see a justification for the expense at this point in the growth of the business.

Because the business is so small I've decided the best way to go on this is to purchase used equipment. Because I want a duplicator that can do 2-4 copies at a time it seems like I've started to look toward the industrial side of these machines.

I would prefer to stay away from Craiglsit on this kind of item because many of these units I've found are either broken, overpriced, or missing parts making operation impossible or defective.

I live in Florida. Being that the economy here is more geared to vacations, tourism, and senior living there aren't a whole lot of industrial machines in this state up for sale, auction or otherwise that I can physically go look at.

I've found some decent machinery on IRSAuctions but it seems risky to buy blind. Although you can get some really good deals how do you insure it is in good enough shape to use without actually trying the machine first? If it is cheap enough I can take the risk but shipping can cost an arm and a leg and might not be able to repair or repurchase if the machine turns out unusable. It almost seems like a contradiction in terms but others are doing it at great savings and I want to also.

Also if anyone knows any venues in Florida that could help in my search for a router duplicator I'd be more than appreciative if you could provide them. I've looked at industrial machine suppliers but it seems that it almost pays to buy new at the prices their asking for the equiptment.

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Hi Victor, welcome to Router Forums, glad to see you are eager to learn, I'm positive the members of the community would be more than willing to answer any questions you have

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welcome aboard...enjoy the site...good luck in your search..maybe someone here has a tip or idea for you

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Welcome to the forum Victor.

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Welcome aboard Victor. Sounds like you face a business decision. I've seen a lot of great stuff on IRS that was too far to see, and would have been counter-productive to have shipped or rent a truck to go pick up. I'm a scrounger, but i'm also a hobbyist--so i've got time to wait for the right gear at the right price. With industrial auctions, either you will invest the funds to do an on-site inspection before bidding and shipping IF you win--or you take a shot in the dark, buy the great deal, spend the shipping only to perhaps you got a dud. Oddly enough, the best "business decision" may be to buy new, or if lightly used you may find better shipping from a place like Woodwerks in Wauconda, IL (Chicago). Probably a few similar places in the Atlanta area.

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Thank you all for the warm greeting. I posted my question under General Routing and got a ton of great suggestions.

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