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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a local guy that has one of these guys (late 90's) sitting under some Visqueen in his warehouse. The workers thought there was something wrong with one or two of the three heads but couldn't remember and I didn't get to ask him (owner) while he was there.

He said, make an offer and he would make me a great deal.

What is everyone's opinion on this unit? I currently run a Brother PR-650 (obviously nothing to compare in either direction, new features nor true commercial vs prosumer).
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Old January 18th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When I first got interested in embroidery I almost bought a brother multi head.

the people that sold them told me they had some problems....they told me to get single heads..........so I looked at other brands.

I know a tech in Crowley...I can send you his email address and you could message him and get details...maybe even get him to check it out before you buy.

My tech is a Barudan tech...but I am sure he knows them all
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Old January 18th, 2012, 10:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd appreciate that Ted.

We are talking about a 15 year old machine... I'd imagine they go through different phases just like cars... Late 60's ford mustang was pretty sweet... mid 90's was junk.
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Ray Parker

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Old January 18th, 2012, 11:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks, I should have more info on what might be wrong with it tomorrow.

After I get that info I'll hit him up.

What an odd day... delivering some unrelated products to a florist shop and I hear that tell tell sound of an auto running and the closer I get I smell the screen print chemicals. Next door to the florist shop was a screen printing shop with a purple Anatol 6 color. So I spent about 3 hours hanging out with those guys talking shop. LOL
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I've got the single head version (BAS 416a). If I were you I would ask to turn it on and see what happens. If it turns on and loads up and shows you the design numbers (1-16) then it should be ok. Then I'd push enter and then after the design loads... start. That will get it loaded up and then you can use the arrow keys to move the pantagraph (whatever that bar's called) around. If all that works then I'd offer them 3,000 for it. If any of those fails then I'd offer $500 and part it out. These machines are very basic and pretty much the same as tajima parts.
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I've got the single head version (BAS 416a). If I were you I would ask to turn it on and see what happens. If it turns on and loads up and shows you the design numbers (1-16) then it should be ok. Then I'd push enter and then after the design loads... start. That will get it loaded up and then you can use the arrow keys to move the pantagraph (whatever that bar's called) around. If all that works then I'd offer them 3,000 for it. If any of those fails then I'd offer $500 and part it out. These machines are very basic and pretty much the same as tajima parts.
Just offer $500 from the beginning

It is more trouble for him to keep it...it depreciates every day.

Explain to him... the worst thing you can do is let it sit.
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That's exactly where I'm going to be starting. The guy may just want to not feel like he "gave it away".

Thanks for the info Dr!
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Does anyone know if one of those floppy emulator usb port doomy-flicky works in this guy?

The guy said that basically nothing is wrong with it but it would break threads and the timing would get off and they would get the tech in about twice a year to get it back on track.

He also gave me Ray Parker's name as their tech.

He then said I could take it for $1500... I told him that was fine if it all works as you suggested DR.
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I wouldn't mess with the usb thing. Floppies work great with it. If you don't have a floppy drive (like me) you can get an external usb floppy drive and then there is nothing to worry about. It's the same thing with using usb. You still have to put it on the stick and then into the machine and load it. Not sure what the advantage over floppies would be honestly. Shoot, I'd pay at least 3 sight unseen as long as it worked. I need to get a multi head machine but am not in the position to buy one right now.
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