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Several years ago, MMT attended an international exhibit for Central and South America. We spotted a modern looking aspiration unit in one of the exhibits. After speaking with the product manager, we found that the system could be applicable for our use in Liposuction. A system was requested and tested against the top-of-the-line Well-Johnson Hercules Model.
Side-by-side testing over several weeks revealed some startling comparisons. Both units pulled vacuum sufficient to meet all aspects and requirements of liposuction. One of the biggest differences was in the fact that the cost of our NEW unit was over thirty percent (30%) less than the Hercules model. The second interesting fact concerned costly maintenance for the older technology of the Hercules unit. It seemed (from the operation manual) that the filter needed to be changed after every ten (10) hours of usage and the internal baffles (noise suppressors) every one-hundred (100) hours. The amazing fact is that after only one thousand (1,000) hours of operation you would have spent $3,500.00 dollars just to meet the manufacturer's requirements. Our System maintenance cost for that same time period would be a BIG FAT ZERO ($0).
Both have the same three (3) year warranty, and both require the unit be returned to the factory for service. The difference is in the easy of fulfilling the return component of the warranty. The Hercules unit faces a major problem and is difficult to return for service since it weighs in at over seventy-five (75) pounds and its large width make it impossible to ship in a cardboard carton. Trucking is the ONLY way to go.
Our D-50, at twenty-six (26) pounds, is easy to pack and return via all the standard shipping companies. Loaners are even available for a small rental fee. Mobility was another factor that had our D-50 in a class by itself. It comes standard with a custom made cart, which has two (2) locking casters and a built in on/off switch. It can effortlessly be moved from room to room, office to office and even location to location. The Hercules is near impossible to transport into the next room.
It’s also quite difficult to see the gauges on the Hercules model, as the unit’s profile is only twenty-four (24") inches off the ground. The D-50 and all its functions are readily visible. The Hercules comes with a SINGLE canister for fat collection, while the D-50 can accommodate one, two, three or even four canisters from one liter to twelve liter capacity. The D-50 canisters can be easily changed and refitted with liners, while the Well-Johnson unit requires your staff to get down on the floor and crawl around. The list goes on and on and on. In conclusion the two systems show why we still don’t drive a Model –T.