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

Renee Zurn (rzurn@duluth.lib.mn.us)
Thu, 11 Mar 2004 16:51:07 -0600

Jim,
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

>>> jimscholtz@sdln.net 03/11/04 01:26PM >>>
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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