Lee, I’m still using that 1/2 hp Power Team pump I got from you way
back when, but mostly the 1 hp one that I got not much later. That’s
the one I’m on the 3rd motor for, that something internal (not the
motor) finally wore out. A little block of steel with 4 bolt holes
in it, and one more for the high pressure piston. A $450, one pound
piece of steel, but way more agreeable than buying a new pump, or
$1,000 motor-replacement repair.
I’ve had both Power Team and Enerpac ramswith long life at high
Nick, Sure, there’s the reasonable, alternative lesson to be learned
(more like already-known, but ignored). I got several years of tough
service for only $1,000, instead of maybe twice or 3x that life for
maybe $,4000- $5,000, so yes, I’m ahead, from any objective
perspective, even though $1,000 of pump mutated into 100 lbs of
scrap in an instant. Part of the point of my OP was ranting about
the fact that if Enerpac’s service and support policy was like Power
team’s, I would still probably be using my pump for a good many more
years. I know that there is plenty of obsolesence in products
everywhere ; I was somehwat surprised, and not a little miffed, to
find out that there was so much in Enerpac’s electric pumps.
Sam, Goes back to the old “you get what you pay for” bit of wisdom.
Not everyone needs, wants, or can afford the best equipment out
there, but it’s almost always better to something that isn’t going to
crap out prematurely, even if the alternatives are tempting. Some
depends on what a person needs and wants to do, but it’s always nice
to have more tool than you need than not enough. I’ve gone through a
lot of less than top quality tools in my life, and I don’t really
regret buying any of them all that much. Some of them are so cheap
that it barely hurts to admit that the purchase wasn’t the wisest.
Some of those cheap tools I’ll never use enough for it to matter.
Like Harbor Freight, and the whole cheap-from-China approach. I have
some fine tools from there that I got dirt cheap, and some absolute
junk, too. It’s a crap shoot, and sometimes you bag crap. Overall,
I’ve found it an acceptable percentage of crap -versus-quality, for
my overall needs. I just know that some of it will be crappy.
(apologies to the late John Crapper, may he rest in pleasant-smelling