How do you make the decision to purchase a new machine?

Companies have different routines and expectations when adding equipment. IWF, coming up August 22-25, is a great time to see many different equipment options and compare what is available with what you need.

We looked back and came up with this list of things to consider when buying machinery at this year’s event.

--Does the company have a track record in producing and selling woodworking equipment?

--Will the new machine add versatility to your operation, performing more functions and processes?

--Will the new machine add to production output, or simply replace an older existing machine?

--Will the new machine interface with existing company systems and other machines?

--Are there similar operations as yours that use the same equipment?

--Can you talk to other users of the equipment before making a decision?

--Does the machine require a lot of operator and maintenance training?

--Is the machine flexible enough to allow for rapid and setups and changeovers?

--Will the equipment meet production needs including feed speeds and motor capacity?

--Does the machine make use of common tools and tool holding systems?

--Can the machine be used with common material handling equipment?

--How complete is the warranty of the machine?

What will you buy at IWF this year? You can register in advance at


IWF 2018 at a glance

Show: IWF: International Woodworking Fair

Dates: Wednesday – Saturday, Aug. 22 - 25

Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Buildings B & C

Contact: 404-693-8333,,

IWF is owned and sponsored by the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA).

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