A No-Nonsense Approach From Ferwood
Geoff Burrows, owner of Dewsbury-based GB Projects, has been in the furniture manufacturing industry for over 45 years, servicing the contract furniture and shopfitting market. With this experience in the industry comes an exceptional knowledge of machinery, how it works and the maintenance required to keep it running smoothly. A firm believer in the benefits of used machinery, he doesn’t always need to spend unnecessary time or money on sourcing new or fully reconditioned machinery unless it’s absolutely necessary. His team of dedicated engineers have the skills to achieve the same results for less, making Ferwood UK’s no-nonsense ‘As It Is’ machinery package an ideal solution for his business.
“We decided to purchase a used 5-axis CNC machine to dip our toe in the water,” begins Geoff. “We hadn’t bought one before and, when compared to the price of a brand new machine, buying a used CNC machine was a relatively cheap way of exploring the machine’s capabilities and the different business avenues it could lead us down.”
Ferwood offers three distinctive machinery packages - Approved, Functional and ‘As It Is’. These offer a flexible approach to buying used machinery that meets the time frame, budget, or specification of each customer. Geoff decided on Ferwood’s ‘As It Is’ machinery package. Designed for a quick and straight-forward sale, it gave him complete control of the machine, its handling and installation from day one.
“I’ve known Ferwood UK for a long time and I have every confidence in how they work. They are best known for their fully-reconditioned machinery, and I can see why it’s a very appealing option for many businesses, but my team has become fully conversant with the workings of CNC machines over the years and we regularly fix and service our own machines in-house. This new addition would be no exception. We knew the machinery spec we wanted and we were keen to continue using the SCM brand, so as soon as we saw the machine we wanted become available, we organised the transport and installed it ourselves. The transaction was very straightforward.”
The introduction of the SCM Record 110 NT 5-axis CNC machining centre has been a huge success for the growing business and, since it’s installation last year, it has opened new revenue streams for GB Projects. “It didn’t take us long to see that this machine was far superior to an average CNC machine and our idea to invest in a used 5-axis CNC from Ferwood UK was the right thing to do,” admits Geoff. “As well as it benefiting our day to day business, we now supply the industry with CNC work and panel processing requests that they cannot fulfil internally. We offer out-sourcing on a nationwide scale and, thanks to the new SCM machine, we can supply smaller manufacturers with bespoke orders quickly and efficiently.”
Geoff continues, “It is also more efficient. It offers new ranges of products for us to manufacture and because of this, allows us to fulfil the most challenging design requests from our customers, whilst still offering us more margin. This flexibility gives us endless design possibilities and allows us to complete jobs even faster. A 5-axis CNC has certainly been a great addition to our machinery line-up and the machine itself hasn’t let us down. In fact, it’s done everything we needed it to do and more.”
Geoff adds, “Our company ethos is to get the best and most modern machines we can afford and that gets better year on year. Our workshop has a range of new and used machinery in it but on this occasion, the right decision for us was a non-refurbished machine from Ferwood. We know what we want and what to expect when we purchase woodworking machinery but Ferwood UK is always there to offer insight into the machine and its capabilities. They are also always on the end of the phone if you’re looking for an honest opinion on something you’re looking for or working on. You couldn’t fault their product knowledge and professionalism. Should the opportunity arise, we would happily continue to use them again and again.”
To find out how Ferwood UK can help you source the right machinery at the right price, please visit www.ferwoodgroup.com, call 0113 286 6689 or follow @FerwoodGroupUK on twitter.