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Title: Entry level automat or bartacker
Post by: GREYPHON on August 19, 2017, 05:08:36 AM
Thinking of starting some repair services and would need an automat or barracker. Any idea of an entry level machine for an entry level budget?
Title: Re: Entry level automat or bartacker
Post by: StonePhotoGear on August 20, 2017, 08:43:24 AM
Find a used Juki LK-1852 or Brother KE430 42 stitch machine. Depending on where you're located it could determine if you'll need to buy from a dealer or in-person.

I have an older 42 stitch Juki LK-980 I fixed up and it works great. Next step for me will be an automatic digital machine, so I won't be locked into only 1 stitch pattern.

Where are you located?

-Dan
Title: Re: Entry level automat or bartacker
Post by: Gear Dynamics on August 20, 2017, 12:30:37 PM
Bite the bullet and buy an electronic tacker. Not only will you have access to a bunch of different tacks, but you can quickly adjust the length and with of the tacks to better suit your needs. Even though we only use a few different tacks, it's nice to be able to switch with the push of a button. Wanted a used Juki LK1900A, but we got a great deal on a Brother KE430D. Great machine.
Title: Re: Entry level automat or bartacker
Post by: GREYPHON on August 30, 2017, 10:33:24 AM
Thank you all! I've been doing some research and reading some more about these machines. Need more sales to get one  :)
Title: Re: Entry level automat or bartacker
Post by: Corvus on September 20, 2017, 11:34:51 AM
I agree, go electronic. I do primarily repair work, and will get a electronic tacker when I get one. Way too many different tacks needed depending on the repair to be stuck with just one pattern.
Title: Re: Entry level automat or bartacker
Post by: Vanrhodes on September 28, 2017, 01:41:00 PM
What people have said, go electronic. My first electronic machine was the LK1900A-HS wich I later replaced with an LK1900B-WS. Save the extra money and buy an electronic tacker instead of a cam-driven unit.