Finding Rare Replacement Parts
November 15, 2017
Brown Mark (60 articles)

Finding Rare Replacement Parts

If you work in an industrial application, restore classic cars, or just generally work with old equipment, you will eventually need parts at some point. For example, many farmers are still using tractors and other types of heavy machinery from the 1980s. This machinery was built to last and can last a very long time if you take care of it. It’s also the most cost-effective way for some people to run their farms.

However, you can hit some snags when something breaks. If you’re still using a backhoe from the 1980s, you might have a hard time finding a new cylinder or head if that blows in the engine. There are a couple of different kinds of parts; there are original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts and aftermarket parts. If it has been a few decades, it’s possible that you won’t be able to find OEM parts. This means that you need aftermarket parts, which can be very expensive if they’re even available. In other circumstances, they might not even be available. This means that you have only one option left; you need to have it machined.

Hire Machinists

You can hire a machinist to help you with rare or hard-to-find parts. The way it works is simple. You find an expert in machining in Perth. You take the part to that person or the schematics for the part. He or she will input the values into the computer and the machine will mill it out. This is typically a computerised numerical control (CNC) machine. This means that it cuts the metal to the exact specification input into the computer. CNC machinists can make just about any metal part if they have an example of the old part.


A lot of money can be saved by taking this route. If you are looking for the part from a manufacturer, you’ll likely pay a lot of money for the part and then have to wait for it to be shipped. Alternately, you can choose to have it machined. Since it is machined by a computerised machine, the values will be input into the computer. The machinist will be able to produce dozens of exact copies of the same part. It will also mean that you can put the values on a hard drive and save them if you should ever need to make another copy of the part.

You can save a pretty considerable amount of money by choosing to have each part machined by a professional. This will provide you with a considerable amount of savings for one part and for several different parts. You also won’t have to waste your time looking for a good OEM or aftermarket source of parts. They will be available whenever you need them.

Brown Mark

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