Re: [Videolib] DVD/CD repair machines - update

Renee Zurn (
Thu, 11 Mar 2004 16:51:07 -0600

Thanks for your continuing research. I have decided we need to
purchase something to clean DVDs and Cds for our library and it is great
to get feedback from someone who is doing such great research on the
topic. Keep up the good work!

Renee Zurn
Duluth Public Library
Duluth Mn

>>> 03/11/04 01:26PM >>>
Hi there Videolibbers - just an update on the on-going and thrilling
of evaluating DVD/CD repair machines. I've had the Disc-Go pod for
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
it to stay on. tend to think that, after the 30-day warranty is up,
have a great motor with no on/off switch.

Pressure on discs seems to be hap-hazard and unpredictable meaning
the machine is repairing large buff/scratches but replacing them with
smaller surface scratches that render a DVD unplayable (defracting
light from surface pits). It made some discs that played before
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
time intensive and opportunities for cross-threading the hold-down are

many (a quick-coupler would work fantastic). It takes a great deal
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
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

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.
of the small amount of water used, various stickers, protective labels
security labels didn't come off - great! Quiet unit and small desktop


Unit ran for 5 min. then shut off - no audible timer end. Aluminum
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
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
[buffer] pads. Don't worry. I'll keep you informed of the progress.
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

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