Determining The Cost Of A Conveyor

There are endless factors to consider when selecting a new conveyor. The cost of a conveyor often depends on the amount of customization involved. Whatever conveyor you choose should be customized to save time and money while increasing safety.

The budget of your conveyor comes down to what you’re looking for. The cost of a conveyor is dependent on whether you custom build your own or buy from a conveyor manufacturer. The difference between making or buying has pros and cons for each choice, which is why we’ve created a guide to help you determine which will be best for you.

Infographic: Make vs Buy The Cost of Making a Conveyor
There are four crucial elements when determining the cost of a conveyor and whether to make or buy the next one you use in your facility.  These elements are production capacity, core strengths, repeatability, and hidden expenses.

Production Capacity

This is broken down into time and space. Firstly, how much time do you have? Building a conveyor is more time intensive than purchasing an already manufactured machine. You may already pay your employees, but the time spent building a conveyor is time lost that could have been used by them to improve and expand your current products. Time lost also includes time spent on engineers researching, modeling, and creating, purchasing department spent finding and buying pieces of the conveyor, and staff members spent assembling, testing, and debugging. Secondly, space is a premium feature. How much space do you have to work with that won’t encroach on your current output if you are building a new conveyor yourself?


Building with a conveyor manufacturing company and building without a conveyor manufacturing company can create entirely different results for your conveyor. Ideally, you are left with a product that can repeatedly have parts available for maintenance and repairs and proper documentation for running a production line.

Hidden Expenses

Whether you are making or buying a conveyor, costs can easily add up when it comes down to the nitty gritty details. These costs are often covered by a proper conveyor manufacturing company, like us here at Dorner Conveyors. Always consider taking things like warranties and last minute changes into account when planning out your conveyor budget.

Core Strengths

We know you’re experts at what you do, and so are we, which is why our core strengths focus on building custom conveyors and manufacturing buyer ready conveyors for a wide range of industries. Our conveyors do the grunt work, giving you the opportunity to do what you do best — create quality products. This allows us to do the research, quality control, testing, and provide you with service and support that is unparalleled in the conveyor manufacturing industry. We can help you determine whether you should make or buy, it’s part of what we do.

The ultimate decision on whether to make or buy is determined by what’s best for you. We understand the difficulties surrounding this, which is why we can help you.

Our latest infographic, “Make Vs. Buy: The Cost of Making Your Own Conveyor” goes over all of the components and pieces involved with making or buying your next conveyor. Follow our Make vs. Buy guide to determine what conveyor is best for your company.