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Thanks Broms Cobbler, we do have Blakes for sale, but we don't give them away.  Mattbetts30, if you would like to buy one and have a budget, please message me and we can see if we can do a deal, we are always open to offers, but it will cost you more than a few hundred quid ;-)

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On 11/30/2019 at 12:49 PM, mattbetts30 said:

They do, around £3000!!! I would only use it once or twice a week.

I feel your pain.  It's not that the machines are overly priced for what they are.  They are a pretty sophisticated piece of engineering.  Like me, your problem is the volume and justifying making a purchase that may take many years to recoup.  Not for everyone, but for those with a small turnover of that type of repair.  We would love both a blake and an outsole stitcher but it doesn't make financial sense for our business even 10 years in!  My solution was to buddy up with another shoe repairer and pay him to stitch for me.  Like you, I only get a couple of pairs a week on average.  As much as I would love to, I can't justify new machines.

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Buddying up is a good idea. Speak to independents around you and see if they have the same issue as you, you might be surprised. For the record, we have blakes from around £1800 on occasion !

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I brought a DN76 off Keith approx 25 years ago (reconditioned) It's probably the best investment I ever made. Use it daily, not just on shoes either, gun bags, motocross boots bla bla, I've only had to change the wirl once (we use oil)

never had an issue with it, been worth every penny... If you ain't got one your not doing a proper job imo.

 

just saying.

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On 12/2/2019 at 3:24 PM, Simes said:

I feel your pain.  It's not that the machines are overly priced for what they are.  They are a pretty sophisticated piece of engineering.  Like me, your problem is the volume and justifying making a purchase that may take many years to recoup.  Not for everyone, but for those with a small turnover of that type of repair.  We would love both a blake and an outsole stitcher but it doesn't make financial sense for our business even 10 years in!  My solution was to buddy up with another shoe repairer and pay him to stitch for me.  Like you, I only get a couple of pairs a week on average.  As much as I would love to, I can't justify new machines.

I do buddy up, but it takes an hour round trip.  I've seen some on ebay for sale but they're always 3f, and loooong distances.

 

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On 12/2/2019 at 10:31 AM, keithm said:

Thanks Broms Cobbler, we do have Blakes for sale, but we don't give them away.  Mattbetts30, if you would like to buy one and have a budget, please message me and we can see if we can do a deal, we are always open to offers, but it will cost you more than a few hundred quid ;-)

Hey, I spoke to you a few month ago on the phone. I don't know if you remember, I've got an unused victor i want to get collected at the same time as delivering the blake. It's just a lot of dosh to splash out on a machine that I'll used 40 ish times a year.

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 look for a retirement sale , last year I bought  a dn76 plus a rapid e  for 1700 ( always fancied a rapid e) sold the dn for 1300 , ive got 4 outsolers  2 848s and  a k and b  , love the rapid e as for  using it 40 times a year , that ebay one is down too a grand , once you buy it you will do more than 40 prs a year honest, I bought a clase  patcher in the summer  (paid a bit too much for it ), however its paid for itself already, think it was keith or his predesssor  who said machines are capitol investments , my motto buy something big every year  and write it off against the tax just sayin

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If the Blake is Three phase and you don't have three phase it's as useful as a chocolate Tea Pot! 

 

Yes, you can run it on a converter/inverter, but you will double your spend!

 

We would have a better option, just saying ;-)

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