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What is Your CNC Machine’s Hourly Rate?

Jan 29, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, Manufacturing, Products, Software, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Do you have hourly billing rate figures for all of your CNC Machines?  It’s handy to know what you need to be able to bill out a machine at to pay for the cost of having it sitting on your Shop Floor.  G-Wizard Estimator includes a super simple Machine Hourly Rate Calculator that makes it easy to come up with good numbers to use for your hourly rates.  Here is a video showing how to calculate your machine’s hourly rate:

The Hourly Rate Calculator is part of the CADCAM Estimator, which makes it easy to put together machining feature-based quotes of your Jobs.  If you haven’t tried GW Estimator, check out our free 30-day trial.  If nothing else, you can use the 30 days to calculate hourly rates for all the machines in your shop.

 

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What is Your CNC Machine’s Hourly Rate?
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4 Comments

  • I consider both my CNC machines to be efficiency multipliers like the table saw, drill press, surfacer, planer, etc. The CNC machines are the only tools that I can tell what to do and come back later to find a completed project. Few employees and no other tool in the shop can do that. A client doesn’t really care how a job is done, only that it is done on time, within budget and within specs. My 2cts worth.

    Dave

    • David, I totally agree. Machines ARE efficiency multipliers of the first degree. You only have to look at how much of the hourly cost of the machine goes to funding the operator to understand why sometimes a more expensive machine makes even more sense because it is an even better efficiency multiplier. Hence rather than funding more VMC’s, a shop might perfer an HMC with a pallet pool because it makes the operator capable of even more output. Working through the hourly rates can really shed some light on how that breaks down.

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