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This section covers general advice for purchasing a waterjet system, including the pros and cons of buying a used waterjet system and cautions about avoiding hidden costs.

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Introduction to buyer’s guide

This "buyer's guide" is intended to point out some issues that you should consider before investing in a waterjet.

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General buying advice

This page contains general advice for those looking to purchase a new (or used) waterjet machining system.

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Advice on specific components

This article looks at the specific components of a waterjet, such as the table size, abrasive feed system, and controller.

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Choosing a pump

There are two basic types of pumps used in waterjets, intensifier and crankshaft. Both types of pumps have their advantages and disadvantages, which are discussed in this section.

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Water quality

The main reason you care about water quality when you use a waterjet is that it has a large effect on how long various components in your machine last. Components in high-pressure water pumps and nozzles will wear out much faster if you have poor water quality, especially if there are a lot of minerals...

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Hidden costs

There are ways that you can end up paying more for a waterjet than you planned. This topic covers a few of them.

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Buying a used waterjet machine

Buying a used waterjet can be a good way to save some money. However, as in buying a used car, there are things to watch out for.

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