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First Time CNC Milling Machine Buying Tips

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) is the computer control of machine tools like mills, grinders, routers, and lathes. Investing in CNC Milling Machine requires some research and understanding as it can be such a complex machine, especially for first-time buyers. CNC milling machine

Luckily, Stoney CNC is here to guide you through what to keep in mind when shopping for your first CNC machine.

Know Your Projects

First, you need to understand the type of work you want to use your CNC machine for. It could be making machine parts, 3D carving, or flat wood cut-outs. This is important as different machines can handle different grades of material. The machine you choose will also depend on your production needs such as:

  • Size of your workplace and frequency of utilisation: Massive production may require industrial grade milling equipment, whereas scaled-down manufacturing operates can use a commercial quality milling machine.
  • Speed: Getting the job done quickly translates to increased production. But, sometimes a slower CNC machine means more accuracy, not to mention it comes at a lower cost.
  • The amount of precision needed: There’s a huge price difference in a CNC milling machine that provides a tolerance of .0001 and one that provides .001.


The demand for CNC machines is on the rise, not to mention, anyone in manufacturing should take advantage of what this technology has to offer. However, these machines are quite expensive, especially the new ones. The ideal way for first-time buyers to save some money is to go for a used CNC machine and later upgrade to a new one when manufacturing and income stabilises.

Availability of expert services and spare parts

Whether new or used, machines are bound to break down eventually. A new machine may be complex and would require sophisticated periodic maintenance. So, ensure the manufacturer can provide affordable support when needed. For a used machine, ensure you look into the availability and cost of spare parts for the make or model you want to purchase.


Once you have some experience with your CNC machine, you’ll know what else you can use it for. Therefore, it should be flexible enough to accommodate your future production needs. Accessories are what expand the flexibility and usefulness of your mill. Some of the accessories include machinist’s vise, a Kurt vise, a swivel mount, collets or end mill holders, a coolant system, and much more. First-time buyers can wait until they need a particular accessory so as to spread out the cost of the equipment over time.

A CNC machine is an important asset to your production. Speaking to someone at Stoney CNC, who understands its complexities, will help you make a better choice. We provide a wide range of CNC routing and milling systems as well as CNC solutions for a range of customers, not to mention, outstanding after sale support.

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