CNC Spindle Repair vs. Spindle Replacement?


CNC spindle repair or replacement? The answer might be neither. The way I see it, DATRON has a better solution in the form of a Spindle Exchange Program and I’d like to use this Blog to explain how it works.

CNC Spindle Replacement is expensive, while spindle repair can be time-consuming.
CNC Spindle Replacement can be a costly proposition, while spindle repair can be time-consuming.

CNC Spindle Repair is Time Consuming & Spindle Replacement is Expensive!

I think it is safe to say the spindle is the heart of a CNC milling machine. It “keeps the blood pumping” or at least the chips flying. Without a spindle, your machine is down … and a down machine often means precious time and money is being wasted. The money that’s being wasted is money you already made plus money that you could be making if your machine was cranking out parts. So, it’s critical to get it back up and running.  What are your options?  Your first option is to purchase a new one – an expensive endeavor ranging between $14k and $24K. Yikes!  Your second option is to send it out for spindle repair, which will cause longer downtime due to lengthy repair lead-times. That’s why DATRON developed a Spindle Exchange Program.

CNC Spindle Repair can cause unacceptable machine downtime and exchange may be a better alternative.
CNC Spindle Repair vs. Replacement. Is there a better solution?

CNC Spindle Exchange is Efficient & Cost Effective

This program is designed to lower spindle cost and lead-time all at once!  Instead of receiving a brand new spindle, you will receive a refurbished spindle that was repaired and refurbished by the spindle OEM.  The pricing is significantly less than a brand new spindle and best or all you can get your machine up and running within a day.  The spindle that you return to DATRON is referred to as a “core.”  The core must be returned to DATRON so the exchange cycle can keep moving. You will often see a “core charge” on your order – this charge will ONLY be invoiced if the core is not returned to DATRON.  It’s our way of tracking the faulty spindle in our system.

CNC spindle exchange through DATRON means that you can get a replacement spindle overnight.
CNC Spindle Exchange through the DATRON program is less expensive than a new spindle and can have you up and running in 24 hours.

The Spindle Exchange Program is a great option for spindle replacement, particularly when you are in a bind for time.  Here at DATRON, we understand that when a machine is down, it is critical to get it up and running again.  The DATRON Spindle Exchange is the best way to get the machine’s heart pumping again … and the chips flying.

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About the Author

Sarina is the Service Supervisor at DATRON Dynamics. She supervises and schedules installation, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and repair of DATRON machines in North America. Sarina joined DATRON with 7 years of experience in customer service and involvement in the manufacturing sector.