Monday, June 16, 2014

Is a Re-manufactured Blanchard Grinder right for you?

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We receive a lot of calls from customers inquiring with us about re-manufactured Blanchard Grinders.  Not so much about the process , but more in regards to pricing.  My standard line is that it is not is not "cheap" to have us re-manufacture your machine nor is it it quick.  On average the smaller sized machines like the 20" to 42" will take any where from 15-18 weeks to "build".  The larger machines like the 60" and up can take as long as 22-30 weeks from start to finish.  In regards to pricing they are probably 60-70% of what a new machine would cost.  Now of course a new one would be full CNC, but then this is not an option most of ouor customers are looking for.

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Unlike a CNC Vertical mill or lathe, a re-manufactured Blanchard once in place in your operation, a well maintained Blanchard should run trouble free for many, many years.  And in regards to the question of buying used versus buying re-manufactured, it most of the time boils down to one thought process: "Do you want to run parts every day or do you want to have your process disrupted with repairs?  Some of these repairs can be extremely costly and once you start soaking money into your used machine it becomes harder and harder to justify a different option.

We just finished a 26HD-48, 48" Blanchard for a customer out in Washington.  This machine came in worn from many years of productive use but the owner wanted to hold better tolerances and was tired of it racking up the repairs.  We just ran this machine off for him and it is holding .0002" (two tenths of a thousand) over the 48" chuck flatness.  This is the type of work that we get from our 15 Blanchard Technicians every day.

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Click here to take a look at the video of the 48" machine you have a machine that is ready for a re-manufacture?  Of course if it is not in your budget for a machine like this we still have many parts in stock as well as chuck controls and segment holders.  We also provide gear box exchanges, spindle rebuilds, magnetic chuck repair and re-surfacing on site repair.  If you would like more information regarding ouor Blanchard Trade in or re-manufacture program. click this link or contact our sales staff at sales@fpmiller.oom 

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