I have an opportunity to purchase a used long-arm machine. The good news is that it is only 4 hours away. The bad news is that it is 4 hours away!!
It is in a center and their hours are the same hours that I work. I can take a day's vacation to go there, but I'm not happy about it. Seems to me that if they want to sell it, they can take an hour out of their weekend to show it. But oh well. So I have to take a day off work and it would have to be a day that my husband is off-work too, which is a Tuesday or a Friday. The roofers are coming out those days next week, so it would have to be the week after next.
My dad has a Dodge Durango that he is happy to loan out, and even offered to drive me down there. But then we realized that a 12 ft table won't fit in that. So I got a pick-up truck. But it's not going to fit in there either, unless the table breaks down. The woman that I talked to doesn't know much about it.. just that we need to come and look at it, etc, etc. Well, I don't want to drive the no airconditioning pick up down there just to find out that it wont fit! I figured for sure that the table will break down. It's an older NuStyle frame and machine. And I just thought about it.. if it doesn't break down, it's not going to fit in the house! I know that grace frame that I had came in a gazillion pieces but when I sold it, we tried to keep it together as much as possible so 1- we didn't have to take it apart 2- it fit in her SUV 3- she wouldn't have as much to put together.
If I have to rent a truck, that will cost between $3-400 so it takes the "great" out of "great deal"! However, if I just get the 23inch machine, take my convertible, save on gas, bring it home, buy a used frame locally for $300 and hope that frame supports that machine.