What Is the Service Life of a CNC Machine

Many manufacturing processes use CNC machinery in operations that create parts and components. With proper maintenance, these machines can last for many years. The actual service life of a CNC machine will hinge on various factors, such as the type and quality of the machine and how often it is used. Generally, a CNC machine can have a service life of between 10 to 20 years or longer. At Brodeur Machine Co., we are your source for CNC machining services that utilize exceptional quality CNC machines.

Below are some factors that affect the service life of a CNC machine.

Type of CNC Machine

The lifespan of a CNC machine depends in large part on the type of machine. For instance, a complex CNC lathe may have a service life of about 20 years, while a basic CNC milling machine may be of service for about 10 to 15 years.

 Quality of the CNC Machine

The quality of the machine will contribute to the length of its service life. The higher the quality, the longer the expected service life.


Machines used more often and more heavily will have parts and components that wear out faster and thus shorten the machine’s lifespan.

 Cleaning and Maintenance

Regular inspections for wear and tear, routine cleaning and lubricating of components, and prompt replacement of worn or broken parts will tend to extend the service life of a CNC machine.

Proper Machine Use

Beyond routine maintenance, using the machine properly is of primary importance. Otherwise, damage to the machine is possible and a reduced service life as a result. The CNC machine should only be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Machine Environment

The machine should be kept in a dry and clean environment. Moisture and dust can damage the machine and reduce its service life.

As mentioned, a CNC machine can last for 10 to 20+ years with proper care and maintenance. Other factors, such as working environment, machine usage and quality, and the type of CNC machine can also affect its service life.

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