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

Agnes Hindulak (
Fri, 12 Mar 2004 09:37:01 -0500

That is timely information - thanks

Agnes (Abby) Hindulak
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----- Original Message -----
From: James Scholtz <>
Date: Thursday, March 11, 2004 2:26 pm
Subject: [Videolib] DVD/CD repair machines - update

> 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
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