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Email from Sharon, 1/6/2020

I have a toyota esp9000 and I LOVE it.  I now toyota is not made anymore and that the parts are mostly compatible with Tajima.  I am hoping t add another machine soon.  So do you have any recommendations on brand?  Should I look for another toyota but I know they are getting older now or something new.  The one I have you use a computer (old XP) to get designs to the machine.  Do you have an opinion you would like to share.  I don't know what is considered a "good" one now.  

Thank you, 

Sharon

 

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AJST Response, 01/07/2020

Hello Sharon,

Toyota made one of the best machines on the market with the model 9000 and 9100. I really love working on them and working with them. Generally speaking…   I have found that any embroidery machine has three different life spans:

  1. Support from manufacture – from 5 to 10 years
  2. Mechanical – up to 15 to 30 years
  3. Electrical – 8 to 10 years

Toyotas are above average in durability  and were made between 2004 and 2012? The mechanical parts of the machine can still be found in abundance. The boards are the issue but you can still get them from parts machines and have them repaired. I think that the Toyotas are still a good choice overall, you are taking a chance with the older machine but for now there are still plenty of parts. You should be safe for another 5 to 10 years.

I have seen Toyota 9000 and 9100 sell last year for $4000 to $8000 depending on accessories and condition.

A newer machine is a safer choice. Brand new machines come with support, training, warranties, and a reset on the life span.