Hi Frozen Sectioners,
I need some advice on cryostats. We are about to purchase one, I
have bids and descriptions in hand but would like input from actual
users, not just sales reps (who all think theirs is the best) These
are the 4 that I am considering and what I have heard about them. Can
anyone please confirm/deny what I have heard and let me in on the
"real story" about reliability, ease of service, excellence
of cutting, etc. We are a research institute and the machine will have
multiple users who will be cutting everything from fatty tissue to
bone and cartilage. We will be using disposable blades
Leica 1900:I heard the lateral displacement knife holder
was absolutely fantastic and gave great sections. Does any other
cryostat have a feature like that? the Leica service reps were easy to
get hold of and did a great job. Whaddya think?
Shandon Cryotome E: I heard that the microtome being
outside of the cryochamber was a great thing that was easier to clean
and better for the instrument. Frost buildup is not a problem. Their
technical service group is really easy to work with for problems and
very supportive. What's up with the built in formalin
Hacker Bright OTF 5000/LS: Do not tend to frost up. VERY
dependable and last forever. New parts can be put into old cryostats.
The one person that had experience with one of them here said she
loved it! Great sections. Free service training for one of our
technicians with the purchase of a service manual? Yahoo! That would
Microm HM 505: I heard they ice up frequently.Don't know
much about service and reliability. One lab here said they could be
finicky and hers had some quirks...
Thanks in advance for all of your comments and suggestions.
Please respond ASAP as I have to make a recommendation to the boss
+ Lynne J.
+ Scientific Equipment
+ James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health
+ New York State College of Veterinary Medicine +
+ Hungerford Hill
+ Ithaca, NY
+ PH 607-256-5610 FAX
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