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Even the mighty Alkin dies
« on: June 13, 2019, 12:43:22 AM »
Airetex badged Alkin bit the dust:

I also saw a Coltri for sale with same predicament.

$3000 plus compressors dead. Of course who knows the circumstances? Lack of maintenance? Lemons?

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Re: Even the mighty Alkin dies
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2019, 12:46:46 PM »
The olden days are gone, nothing is made to last anymore. The sooner it breaks after warranty the more money is to be made. Mechanical parts are sourced from all over the world, no matter where the end product is made. Bearings, here, rods there,
 gaskets over there, castings at another place, etcetera, etcetera.
Planned obsolescence methinks.
I have a 30 year old fridge in my shop still going strong, I replaced a nice fridge in the kitchen that had an 8 year warranty 3 days after the warranty expired. The new fridge has a 6 year warranty, I expect it to expire in that first month after warranty. Which is fine, I hate french door refers come to find out. :o
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Re: Even the mighty Alkin dies
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2019, 01:17:40 PM »
You're preaching to the choir.

When I bought my first house in 1962 (990 square feet) for $11,100 (the $100 was for the washer and dryer the old owner left in place), I bought a 10 year old deep freeze for $25! We lived in that house for11 years, and it was still going strong. Then my brother had it for another 10 years, and gave it to his daughter when she got married. My nephew has that very unit in his shop nowadays, and it still works after almost 70 years later. He did put a new seal on it at one time. It always bothered me, because it used sulphur dioxide as a refrigerant.
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I have an Omega compressor. If you're a fellow Guild member, and you pass through Roswell, NM, I'll fill your portable tank as a courtesy.