For used machinery dealers who are prepared to “detrashify” the ugly refugee machines emerging from the automotive flotsam being pushed into the market, 2011 stands to be a good year.
For example, Hilco and Maynards auctioneering firms are now selling off multiple GM, Ford, and Chrysler plants with thousands of motley machines. Machines like Twin Grip Cincinnati centerless grinders and 8-spindle National Acme screw machines are being sold for near scrap prices.
These are rugged machines which have been abused by indifferent operators and mindless management, but they are so durable that they can be brought back to life by skilled rebuilders.
For buyers who have long running Jobs, often supplying the now healthy automotive companies, these machines have value if they are brought back to almost new condition. When compared to European or Japanese competition they are viable if the versatility of CNC is not a major factor, because they are running dedicated jobs.
Add in automation and robotics and the old “trash” machines become virtually equal to new.
The scarcity of skilled rebuilders means that those few players in the “detrashifying” game have a chance to make 2011 a big year.
Question: Which of these machines make the most sense to rebuild, G & L boring mill, 1990 long-bed CNC lathe, 8-spindle National Acme, something else?