When you aren’t used to one of these machines, they can be a little intimidating at first! 4,000 SPM (stiches per minute) at full throttle is a little scary, especially when you really like your fingers.
I picked this up via trademe for $160, petrol to go down and pick it up was only $40. Not too bad for a $200 outlay I thought. The motor has been replaced at some stage, and the drive belt is a little out of line as a result, but the belt stays on when rotating, and there is no slip under load.
I’ve got a couple of things up my sleeve to slow the machine down to a more ‘friendly’ speed. I will have to see if they work.
As it was fairly choked up with dust when I got it, I’ve cleaned it out as best I can, and given it a fairly good oiling. The tension bracket for the drive belt is missing, just need to get my act together and make a new one out of some threaded rod.