|From:||"Timothy R. Wheelock" |
First, thank you all for the advice and opinions and experience
I have decided to go electric (fully automated), since the manual
machines just seem harder to turn than my old AO, and repetitive stress
injuries and arthritis may be looming around the corner. I have decided
on the Microm HM 355 S.
All 3 electric machines that I tested were fine, and they were liked a
lot by people who use them.
I found the push-button panels on the Microm and Shandon Finesse ME
easier for me to use than the knobs on the Leica RM 2155.
I think this is just a personal learning curve thing on my part.
And I preferred the more substantial blade holder of the Microm as
opposed to the Shandon
Whether " more substantial" translates into better sectioning is another
thing; the tissue cut well, perhaps best, with the Shandon Finesse).
Maybe it is just an esthetic judgement on my part.
However, I am pushing for a 2 year warranty with Microm, since one user
complained of blade holder problems.
I have had them myself with the demo model (fortunately a manual model
was handy and I just switched holders).
I still am not 100% comfortable with my decision.
But with an extended warranty and a willingness by the sales rep to at
least try to get me a replacement if necessary, I think I will do all
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