I was once watching an automobile show in which a Toyota pick-up truck was once launched off a 30 story building, on fire, left to its demise by crashing into a concrete surface known as the ground. To everyone’s amazement the thing started on the first try and even managed to drive itself several feet out of the rubble that the machine itself had created. “What a machine,” the show’s hosts declared; every time I start up a LE-7070 I feel the same way these televisions hosts did about the Toyota. A true workhorse that may in fact outlive you? I wouldn’t recommend throwing your 7070 off a building and I surely wouldn’t declare it unbreakable- however, with proper maintenance and with the experienced operator, it should in theory, last decades. In-fact, it already has– and if you’re reading this there’s a good chance that the LE-7070 you’re considering is already a decade or more old. Don’t worry- our refurbishment brings it back to that new-ish state–but how is it as an actual lens edger apart from being robust? Pretty good actually. Despite from being rather noisy and sucking up water like an African elephant in a drought, it’s actually not too far from modern Santinelli edgers. The user interface is similar, apart from being that old LCD low-contrast text, and the tracer looks practically identical to the LEX1000’s. It’s also rather compact for its age too, bearing a footprint similar to that of even the latest technology. For this small footprint, the surface interface-buttons are actually quite large and easy to see and press– although they do fade and can be susceptible to cracking over years of use. The edging sink is also quite large and easy to get hands into/out-of for lens chucking.
OUR TAKE: A workhorse the proves Santinelli edgers are made to last. Compact, and easy-to-use.
Buzz only recommends using manual NIDEK or Santinelli Blockers. Although the LE-7070 may connect with Santinelli automated blockers, a serial port connection will be required, and be unstable.
The LE-7070 is able to cut any type of standard optical lens found in use today.