While being in the industry, almost 8 years now, I never shy-ed away from spending money on buying and trying different equipment and tools!
And now… with a little bit more leisure to purposely buy and explore, I get to do so and relay some professional opinions to you!
Now. People get really confused and frustrated when they see an efile, on Amazon for example, cost $60 and then scout out a professional brand and see the cost of an efile start at $300 and up to $450 in price?
Why the huge discrepancy?
Torque, my friend. At least, that is one of the primary reasons. Another reason is motor technology will get into technology in a little bit.
Let’s start with Torque. Torque is a measurement of force. You often experience this force as a resistance force when your e-file bit touches the nail surface. If you notice your efile stop or slow down upon the bit touching the intended surface, your efile has low torque. Which means that in order for your efile to continue spinning at (20-35,000 RPM) you will have to apply A LOT of pressure on that nail to continue working at a high speed. A good quality efile will have both high torque and high RPM.
Now because Torque has a weird measurement of pounds per feet, I get the impression that this measurement is variable and is why companies cannot give a fixed measurement per efile. Because the weight on that machine to the nail is variable from nail tech to nail tech or service to service. So for now you will just have to take their word when they list “high torque” as one of the qualities of their efile… … And sure enough the price tag may hint at this.
Now in addition to torque and RPM, I’ve also heard professionals say that power consumption is also a factor and so you would want to make sure that your efile is at least 35 watts. I also hear that this measurement is not often listed, but the manufacturer should have no problem getting back to you with it.
Now you’ve been hearing me mention a lot about RPM, and all RPM means is ‘rotations per minute’. So how many times is that attachment to your hand piece rotating, per minute. I think most of us always took that measurement to be the end-all be-all deciding factor when committing to an efile purchase. But without high torque, rotations per minute mean very little because low torque slows down those rotations or cause you instead, via your force, to help those rotations per minute actually take place, thereby, reducing your electric filing efficiency and also making you prone to hand strain and damage in the long run.
Think of your efile as a newly hired employee. Your workload should feel lighter, quicker, and you should feel more efficient and rested. If you still feel overworked or in pain, then you have not hired the right employee just yet, and in this case not the right efile.
Remember, there really is no task that you cannot do by hand via tools and hand files on yourself and clients. And if you can do those tasks efficiently and pain-free with these tools, why bother with an efile?
Well you’re bothering because you do want quick and efficient, but to obtain these you have to do your due diligence to find the right machine.
So… so far in order to have a powerful machine we’re understanding that we need a good amount of RPM, we need high torque, and strong power wattage.
And so… is that it?
Well while on the quest to find an efile for myself I came across “brushless” motor technology options. Obviously it must mean something special because it is being out lined, but what exactly is that special appeal many companies don’t say.
BUT I did find one that really broke this down for us.
Medicool tells us that brushless motors provide better performance via magnets, they also produce more rotational force with less power and have no brushes within your motor to wear down and thereby decrease the life expectancy of your efile.
Thanks Medicool, that was super helpful!
Now, I think that one last factor that contributes to price is definitely brand reputation. Let’s face it, oftentimes we continue to buy our favorite goods from those brand names that we are not only familiar with but also have a good experience with.
So if I like the manufacturer of my hair shampoo, my clothing, my gel nail supplies, it doesn’t matter if it’s on Amazon, or if there’s a new competitor offering the same or similar item. I’m going to continue buying from my go-to. Because I know, like, and, trust them.
And so even if that means that I’m paying a little bit of a premium I’m going to buy from my go-to whom I’ve nurtured a relationship with or has had my back when I’ve needed assistance.
In addition to brand relationship, brand label is almost equally as important. Just like we buy designer labels because of that brand label, the same applies to our expensive nail goods purchases. Most people will buy the higher priced brand because they have a reliability expectation. And by the same token a brand may price itself on the higher-end because they want to be that top-shelf label. But none of this brand label talk matters if they don’t have everything that we have talked about in regards to torque, RPM, power, and motor technology, and that is why this pricing factor is the last thing we’re talking about.
Ok, ok, one last thing I promise in regards to price as it relates to the value of an efile purchase. Battery powered portable/cordless units tend to be more expensive than corded ones. So don’t think you’re paying for re-liability when a portable unit is more expensive than its corded counterpart. You’re simply paying more for the convenience of that battery to take you cordless. So only buy cordless, if not having a cord is detrimental to your scope of work. It is to me, because when I’m recording I need to be able to easily move around, without a cord impediment. And like anything battery operated, batteries wear down, and so ultimately, you may end up strapped to the cord situation anyways.
Ok, so right about now you’re probably wondering… ok Paola give us your recommendations, and I just seriously cannot mouth-off any recommendations because I really think this is something you need to be comparing, side by side.
And so, I did something ultra special for you instead. I created a guide for you, totally free, it’s simply a chart of reputable professional efile companies that I’ve been familiar with over the years.
And listen, I understand if you’re just starting out, and Amazon is your go-to for now, totally cool. But don’t forget what we talked about in regards to nurturing relationships. Listen if you’re considering going pro, you want to start getting a feel for a company who you know is going to have your back should you need maintenance on your unit, and what a better way to do that than to start trying their entry-level efiles and later as the business grows, treat yourself to an upgrade. Most of the companies I mention in this resource (except for the first one listed) offer pretty affordable professional grade efiles, that come with a 1 year warranty, and oftentimes you can even extend your warranty period. These pro companies have in-house service departments at your disposition, and most often than not, family owned. This is something that most online re-sellers via Ebay and Amazon cannot offer you. If an efile is going to cost you $60, that’s probably because you’ll have to spend another $60 in 6 months to replace it…. maybe not, but again at that point it’s a toss.
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