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I found a hunter dsp 400 r611 alignment machine with the lift for $6500 or best offer. Does sound like a good deal to anyone? I'm not familiar with this model. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I plan on making an offer this weekend

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Thanks for the quick response xrac. I called Hunter and he said yes they still update and service, but that particular model does NOT have USB... So if a mouse or keyboard goes bad, they would have to replace the entire unit... So I'll have to keep looking for another model

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Do you know how much $ you will generate from alignments? I'd suggest maybe looking into that first with quality number projections. It may be in your best interest to look into financing some new equipment rather than purchasing used and wasting your time setting it up, learning how to use it and then fixing it when it finally takes a poop on you.

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We have that equipment and bought it used from a dealership, so far it has worked for us.

....Then again We're a new shop and started with used equipment to build out clientele. It's really hard to start a new business with no customers and have a monthly payment. Now after a year, we make an average of 32 alignments monthly and totally justified the expense of a new one.

At this point, we're looking into updating the computer and software and have code link... According to Hunter Sales rep, we still have support for this machines....

 

Regards

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Give nothing away, you'll go broke. Charge more and be happy. Focus on quality and not price.

 

OP, I'd look at getting a used hawk eye, I've seen them go for $7-10 k on Craigslist. Way better investment than an outdated model.

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I Just got a used dsp600 camera system to replace my '89 d111. IMO a camera system is the way to go. Mount the targets on the wheels, roll the car back a foot, roll it back on the pads and its compensated. 2 minutes. If you are paying a tech to do alignments this type of system is the only sensible choice because it's so much faster. Buy from your Hunter dealer because sooner or later your going to need service.

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I Just got a used dsp600 camera system to replace my '89 d111. IMO a camera system is the way to go. Mount the targets on the wheels, roll the car back a foot, roll it back on the pads and its compensated. 2 minutes. If you are paying a tech to do alignments this type of system is the only sensible choice because it's so much faster. Buy from your Hunter dealer because sooner or later your going to need service.

 

I think you mean target system? camera systems are horrible in terms of efficiency and productivity. You have to mount the clamp and then mount the camera. Target system you just mount the target to the wheel.

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