Anyone offering a "warranty period" after sale is going to
inflate the price to cover any possible costs of repairs. Typically
there aren't repairs needed so the seller makes more on the sale!
You are better off buying "As Is" from a reputable company or
person. Remember, many of these older machines "may" have been
around for as long as 50+ years and "may" still be "in service".
When taken care of and oiled properly, they'll last a virtual lifetime!
As with anything purchased used, the condition of the industrial sewing
machine speaks volumes. If it looks rusty, dry, dirty and missing any
parts/pieces, then it may be worn out or neglected. If the paint on the
bed of the machine is completely worn off, it has some mileage on it and
may need some parts replacement. If the cog belt that runs the
top/bottom shafts isn't in very good shape, value of machine drops. Same
with clutch motor, must start up immediately. Slow start motors need
replacement as there is diminished torque left in the motor. If it won't
run and you can't test the operation of it... walk away!
about the history of the sewing machine. Has the seller owned it since
new? If not, how many years? If seller just recently bought it and is
now selling it, there may be trouble with that machine. Find out the
history whenever possible!
Sewing Machine Repair looks closely at all the points of wear,
condition, operation and features/extras. I find good condition
industrial sewing machines that just need some help. I replace any major
parts and adjustment screws that are worn, flush the machine to remove
gum and varnish from old oil or other fluid used for lubrication. I also
replace the drive motor and thread stand if needed.
Sewing Machine Repair does not offer a warranty after the sale on used
industrial machines. They are sold in "As Is" condition. The
buyer can feel confident that any major worn parts have already been
replaced. These machines are rigorously test sewn with various materials
and thickness to ensure proper operation. You, the buyer, will have the
opportunity to sew on the machine yourself to know for sure the machine
is suited for your operation. I always encourage buyers to bring the
material they sew when testing an industrial sewing machine.