When buying plastic pipes, you generally have the option between buying longer pipes and cutting them yourself or buying pipes that have already been cut to the size that you need. Cutting your own plastic pipes might not seem like a big deal, but buying cut-to-size plastic pipes is often preferable for a few simple reasons.
Avoid Buying, Maintaining, and Operating Cutting Equipment You might think that cutting plastic pipes is much easier than cutting metal pipes, so you might not be too worried about buying the equipment to do it yourself. However, some of the best machines for this purpose are water jet cutting machines and CNC routers. Water jet cutting machines use a mix of water and an abrasive substance, such as garnet, to cut various materials. CNC routers are not actually cutting machines at all; instead, they are computerized machines that operate to control cutting machinery. These machines are great for cutting plastic, metal, rubber and more.
Because of how useful they are, CNC routers can be quite expensive. Buying the machines requires your business to make a big investment, which might not be cost-effective when you can just purchase plastic pipes that have been cut to size already instead. Plus, the investment goes beyond just having to buy the machinery. You have to take care of it and make repairs when needed, and you may have to hire people to operate the machinery. You would probably have to do a lot of in-house cutting in order to make all of these costs worth it, so choosing plastic pipes that are already cut to size might be the smarter financial decision for your business. Prevent Product Loss If you do try to cut your own plastic pipes, you might find that there is a learning curve along the way. While you and your employees learn how to properly cut your pipes to the sizes that you need, you might make mistakes. This is a natural part of the learning process, of course, but these mistakes can get expensive. Without proper measuring and cutting, you could end up with pipes that are cut too small, which means that you may not be able to use them at all. This obviously leads to product loss. Additionally, pipes can crack and break if they aren't handled and cut properly. Again, this means that you could end up having to throw these pipes away. When pipes arrive already cut to the right size at your place of business, you don't have to worry about the big risks of potentially damaging them while they're being cut. This helps reduce the amount of product loss that you end up with. This saves you money, even if the cut-to-size plastic pipes are actually more expensive. Put Pipes to Use Right Away Cutting one or two pipes might not be very time-consuming and might not get in the way of your production or other work-related goals. If you have a lot of pipes to cut, though, it could take hours to get the job done, even if you have the right equipment. This can take an entire workday, and it means that it will be that much longer before you can put the pipes to use.
When pipes arrive at your place of business already cut to size, this is not a problem. You can put these pipes to use immediately, which saves your business time and allows you to be more productive.
Buying plastic pipes that have already been cut to size is a business decision that you might want to consider. Contact MGM Plastics to find out more about the plastic cutting and customizing services we offer.