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glenbjackson

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I'm not sure if I'm calling these out proper... But I'm wondering which were stronger, had better craftsmanship and can find replacement parts for the easier? The S models, the boxey futuristic looking machines or the H, K, etc fat round old school ones? I have my eye on a sa205 and has change gears for the universal head but no head for 1700. Seems high. But it's local so that's a big plus. But biggest concern is the boxey ones don't seen too common so I'm thinking were they a shift in design that didn't work out? Or was it just around the time they closed shop? I have a 2hl and I love It's design but should I stay looking for a big brother 3çh or go with a S model everything else being the same (price, location and size....)
 

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All of the K&T models are well respected. The S series are the newer ones, H are older ones. I think K models are older yet. The newer ones will have better parts support, but the prices may still put them out of reach. The main thing is to find a machine in undamaged and well cared for condition. With careful use and proper maintenance, they can go for many decades without needing any parts replaced.
 

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ok how about the hydraulics, are those systems the weak link in the newer models?
 

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They hydraulics of any machine can be a problem if not maintained well. The good news is that most of it is straightforward repair work if there is a problem. Diagnosing problems requires knowledge and deductive reasoning. I do not own and have never operated a K & T machine, but from everything I hear they are all fine machines, at least as good as anything else out there. Any of them can also be scrap metal after decades of use and abuse... $1700 is dirt cheap for a later model K & T mill -- if it is in decent shape... Abom79 on YouTube (Adam Booth) bought a 307 s-12 (?) and had to do some work on the hydraulics. He made a series of videos on the repairs.
 

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Ok rgr that. I'll check to see if he can run it. And if it even has hydraulics.
 
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