If it Ain’t Broke, It May Need Fixing!

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Some shops think routine machine tool maintenance is overrated. Bad idea. The big order’s running late. The lead programmer called in sick. Your best customer just texted, asking about the quote due last Tuesday. Who has time to worry about the slow drip of way lube from the back of the CNC lathe, or wonder if that slight buzz you hear from the horizontal machining center spells spindle problems? It’s understandable. Everyone gets busy, but neglecting the maintenance on a machine tool isn’t like driving to work when your left rear tire’s pressure is a bit low. Failure to regularly and adequately maintain CNC equipment can cost far more than the inevitable but unexpected repair bill. It can mean loss of part accuracy, poor tool life, and potentially weeks of unplanned downtime while you wait for a part from overseas.

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