[Videolib] DVD/CD repair machines - update

James Scholtz (jimscholtz@sdln.net)
Thu, 11 Mar 2004 14:26:32 -0500

Hi there Videolibbers - just an update on the on-going and thrilling saga
of evaluating DVD/CD repair machines. I've had the Disc-Go pod for almost
a week and am returning it due to the following dislikes:

On/off switch doesn't stay on every time I had to continually press it for
it to stay on. tend to think that, after the 30-day warranty is up, I'll
have a great motor with no on/off switch.

Pressure on discs seems to be hap-hazard and unpredictable meaning that
the machine is repairing large buff/scratches but replacing them with many
smaller surface scratches that render a DVD unplayable (defracting laser
light from surface pits). It made some discs that played before repair,
unplayable. I recognize that I might not be proficient in the cleaning
mechanics but, if after several tries, I cannot get the right
polishing/buffing pressure applied, then the machine just doesn't work
well. It shouldn't be rocket-science.

The mechanics of putting a disc in and screwing on the hold-down were very
time intensive and opportunities for cross-threading the hold-down are
many (a quick-coupler would work fantastic). It takes a great deal of
force to screw the hold-down securely and much more to unscrew it after
cleaning has taken place.

Made of durable plastic but the hold-down lid clamp was plastic and didn't
take up much area - I can see this breaking in the near future. Only a
30-day warranty on the whole unit - so if it breaks, I'm out $345/$395.

Too bad it didn't work well because the unit had potential - even though it
was a wet process, it used very little water and wasn't too messy. Because
of the small amount of water used, various stickers, protective labels and
security labels didn't come off - great! Quiet unit and small desktop
footprint.

Unit ran for 5 min. then shut off - no audible timer end. Aluminum oxide
suspended in water (sanding) solution had a tendency to adhere to disc
surface and leave marks (could have been water impurities - didn't try
using distilled water) that I had to use an off-the-shelf cleaning solution
to remove (on both sides of disc).

So, now I'm trying the JFJ single unit ($595 at PLA; $795
advertised). This unit is a multi-stage (could be only a single stage,
depending upon damage) unit has lots of potential - doesn't use water -
only small amounts of solution depending upon stage/damage and different
[buffer] pads. Don't worry. I'll keep you informed of the progress. In
the meantime - don't waste your time with the Disc-Go Pod. Jim S.

James C. Scholtz, Director
Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut St.
Yankton, SD 57078
605-668-5276
jimscholtz@sdln.net

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