While browsing our website you may have noticed both Z-2543 and Z-2043 waterjets. You might be thinking "Why look at a machine that is 20" larger when I really only need a 4' x 8' or 6' x 12' machine?" Although these machines are intentionally designed to be very similar there are some key differences that you may want to consider.
While it appears that you have only added 20" more onto your travel, you have actually opened an unlimited number of doors. On a 4' x 8' or 6' x 12' machine you can only load one 4' x 8' sheet at a time to cut. Although on a Z-2043 you can efficiently unload it, reload the next sheet, clamp it and be ready to cut in minutes - it's nothing like having multiple sheets loaded and cutting at the same time. With the Z-2543 you can take that 4' x 8' sheet and turn it the other direction. By using that extra 20" of space that you have you can now load three 4' x 8' sheets side-by-side on your table at the same time.
As your business grows so will this machine. With the freedom to add up to 4 Z-Carriages on the same crossbeam and run them all simultaneously it's like having multiple machines in one! This means that as you need to increase your cutting capacity you can do so by adding on to your existing Z-813 instead of having to buy another complete system. You only give up 20" of floor space but gain 3 times the production capability.
The most amazing part about this machine is that it costs only slightly more than a Z-2043. So although you gain a tremendous amount of capacity it only costs you a fraction of what an additional system would. Talk with other waterjet owners and you'll see this is a great value for the investment. Generally you can get a new Z-2543 in the same amount of time as it would take to get a Z-2043. You'll be up and running quickly and capable of generating 3 times the revenue!
No matter which WARDJet machine you select you'll be impressed with the engineering, accuracy, service and support you will consistently receive. The Z-2043 is a great starting point for many new waterjet customers, and don't forget it can always grow to becoming a Z-2543 down the road. Visit our website to read about the changes we can make to your Z-2043 to turn it into a Z-2543 whenever you're ready!