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Easy Jet vs Pratix8/11
I'm looking to purchase a router in the near future. Does anyone have any insight on the Busellato Easy Jet. From what I hear it is made in the same factory as the Pratix and is "essentially the same machine". Just thought I'd put my feelers out there to some folks that aren't salesmen. Thanks.
I don't know much about either machine. Here is a thought to consider. Busellato was swallowed whole by SCMI. Seems like an evolutionary dead end when you consider the software, control, etc. Where do you think you will be in 5-6 years in terms of support and parts that will need replacing? I don't know either, but it is something to consider. Are they putting the same controls on the "Busellato", or are they still putting on the old stuff along with the old software? My last Busellato was a 1994 model, so I can tell you that the software to run the machine used to have a shelf life that wasn't very long when you consider support from the home office. If you do go with the Busellato, ask about the software and whether it comes with the same controls that the SCMI does. Also ask if they are still building Morbidelli's next to the Pratix as well. Seems like I have heard this same story before.
The software that comes on the Easy Jet is not proprietary. If you are considering a Busellato I would call Bill Blackmon. He is an awesome source of information. He will give you the straight scoop and if that machine is not the right one for you he will tell you. I am sure he has knowledge of the Praxis and can tell you the difference.
I bought a Busellato 10 months ago and everything Bill told me the machine would do and would not were 100% correct. If you want his number shoot me a message.
Following is the straight scoop, maybe more than you wanted to know but answering just your questions would likely generate several more. Full disclosure, Iím in sales but have been with Busellato and SCM for nearly 15 years.
SCM Group S.p.A. bought Delmac S.p.A. in 2006. Delmac S.p.A. consisted of Busellato CNC Machines, Celaschi Double and Single-end tenoners, SAG material handling, Delmac Engineering and its U.S. distributor, Delmac Machinery Group. The Busellato factory was located in Thiene Italy, in the same town with SCMís Stefani edgebander factory which had been recently expanded. When the economic downturn hit in 2008, both the Stefani and Busellato factories had excess capacity. It was only prudent to close the Busellato factory and move production into an unused area of the Stefani facility. This is where production remains today. This move served to cut costs of course, but also allowed Busellato factory workers, engineers and designers who lived in the area to keep their jobs. SCM has many production facilities several hours south of Thiene in Rimini and moving production there may have been sensible from an economic standpoint but much of the knowledge and experience of the Busellato workforce would have been lost.
So Busellato continued production in Thiene and changes in the product were centered around taking advantage of the economies of scale offered by SCMís buying power. One example of this change was a switch from Busch to Becker vacuum pumps. The control system and programming software by TPA, better known as Genesis Evolution, continued and is still in place throughout the product line with one exception.
In 2011, a joint project between SCM and Busellato engineers was launched to produce a low-cost, high-quality nested based machine built in Italy. This machine is known as the Busellato Easy Jet and the SCM Pratix S. The machines use a new control with a powerful but easy to use handheld controller running on Windows CE. These two machines are built for both divisions in Busellatoís Thiene facility.
So Johnís original question should be answered. The two machines have the same base and control systems but could differ based on selected options. The distribution of the machines is through different channels.
Saying where we will be in 5-6 years can only be based on recent history. SCM bought the Delmac Group 8 years ago and has weathered some really bad economic times. If the idea was to phase out Busellato, it would have made sense to do that when the industry was struggling. Better times are back and Busellato is continuing its heritage of high quality machines built in Italy. Come see us next week at IWF in booth 6452. Sorry, couldnít resist the plug!
Thanks for the update. I will be at IWF to see what you have.
We own a Busellato Jet 2 that we purchased new in 2002, It has been very well supported for over 12 years with both parts and service. I would buy another in a heartbeat. In fact we're going to IWF next week to look and see whats out there now.
Oh, forgot to mention - the software has had updates in fact Bill just recently sent us a new version of the Genesis software.
When Mr. Knobbe talks, I pay attention. Mario