RE: Sakura vs. Leica coverslippers
We have had the Sakura for 10 years. It rarely has broken down and is usually back up within hours from our in house Bio Med Repair crew. I can't remember the last time we had to coverslip by hand. I hope I didn't just jinx myself.
The issue with the tape coming off is true. We didn't notice anything until recently, and it has yet to be a real problem involving cases we need. Our slides were moved off site to a storage area that was supposed to be climate controlled, but it really isn't. Only after this have we started noticing a problem with old slides. Also Sakura really stresses keeping them in xylene long enough before coverslipping and using a larger amount of xylene on the coverslipper than their original recommendations.
For ease of use and reliability you can't beat it in my opinion. Ask me a few years down the road, and if I end up recutting a lot of old cases my answer might be different though.
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