Why buy a German vacuum machine when I can get a Chinese machine for a third of the price?
In the workshop, we repair and service vacuum machines on a daily basis, all ages, and makes (almost). We have completely stopped working on Chinese machines because of the difficulty to source spares. The biggest problem, however, is that you fix one thing today and the next day something else will break.
When it comes to Chinese machines the saying, “you get what you pay for”, applies. You get 2 to 4 years life (not trouble free) out of these machines. On the other hand, you can easily get between 30 and 40 years from a German machine. Cost savings on the manufacturing of the Chinese machines are clearly visible by just looking at the components and the materials used.
There is only one way to manufacture a machine for a third of the price and that is to cut quality and reliability by two thirds.
When investing in a new machine always consider the total cost of ownership. Total cost of ownership is the purchase price of an asset plus the costs of operation. On a Chinese machine, the purchase price is small but the cost of operation is high and the lifespan is short. On a German machine, the purchase price is high, the cost of operation is low and the lifespan is long.