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Harman New vs. Used

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by gokartmike725, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. gokartmike725

    gokartmike725 New Member

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    Hello my name is mike. im new to the pellet stove world and wondering whether to buy new or used. Right now im looking at harman stoves. I can get a six year old Harman Accentra for under $2000 compared to $3600 new. or six year old Advance for under $2000 compared to $3826 new. or a XXV used 3 years as dealer running display for $2600 w/ 1 year warrantee compared to $3800 new. Please help im really not sure what to do, and as far as i know the used ones are all in perfect working order. ANy info would be loads of help!!

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  2. fmsm

    fmsm Minister of Fire

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    What size do you need? What are you trying to heat?
  3. silverfox103

    silverfox103 Feeling the Heat

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    I have two Harman stoves, one I bought new and one used. I seldom buy new anything, buying used makes sense. I kind of like the dealer display model with the one year warranty. You know it was kept in good working condition.

    Tom C.
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  4. gokartmike725

    gokartmike725 New Member

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    Im not sure what size i will be needing im heating the top floor of a raised ranch which is around 1200 sq.ft. ...thank you for the input silverfox103. i also thought the dealer display might be a better idea.
  5. Bigjim13

    Bigjim13 Feeling the Heat

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    For those price differences I would go new, especially on the Accentra, mainly because of the warranty but also those aren't good enough price breaks to NOTA get new.

    Also, stay away from the XXV.
  6. Bigjim13

    Bigjim13 Feeling the Heat

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    It's a beautiful stove and I was very close to buying. What swayed me was the number if posts citing various issues with the XXV vs the P series.
  7. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    For only 1,200 sq ft, any of the above would do well....

    Which do you like best, and what does your budget allow??
  8. hotdawg

    hotdawg Member

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    I would get the dealer display model. I actually know exactly the one you're talking about. It's in awesome condition and the store owner hand painted the leaf details on the stove. It was very stunning in person and gives it a "one of a kind" feel to the stove. If she had offered it up to me last year for that price, I would have gotten it in a heart beat!
  9. smwilliamson

    smwilliamson Minister of Fire

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    Hi mike, great to see rehoboth representing! Dismiss the xxv comment the only issue with xxv's was a burn pot design early on and its taken care of. Im a big fan of used. An accentra that old may need a few upgrades, if you can, find an accentra woth the ultra light feeder body (direct drive auger). Im not a big fan of the advance as there are too many inter fire box parts and you get filthy maintaining them. Any p series wins my heart and the xxv may be the best mix of form and function. Buy used with confidence ....if you ever need a fix, insight...we're here on the boards and i live on tremont st.
  10. Bigjim13

    Bigjim13 Feeling the Heat

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    You can dismiss the comment but if you search this forum for Harman owners that have issues, I would bet that a majority of them are XXV.

    It's a beautiful stove but if it were me and the OP was asking our opinion, I would stay away. That's all!
  11. gokartmike725

    gokartmike725 New Member

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    Thanks for the help everyone. I'm going to look at the Accentra tomorrow but i wont pay more than say $1200-1500 i will definitely check out the place in acushnet first though.....you guys have already been a huge help and I've only been on here a day!
  12. gokartmike725

    gokartmike725 New Member

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    I just came from acushnet alternative heating and he gave me some really good prices on Quadra fire stoves. His prices are for new stoves. $1850 for Santa Fe, CLassic Bay 1200 for $2100, and Castile for $2600. I like these stoves and was wondering whether anyone prefers one over the other or if you would go with a Harman stove instead of a Quadra fire. Again my budget is kinda low and im not really worried about esthetics. Thanks in advance :)
  13. gokartmike725

    gokartmike725 New Member

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    yea i think I'm gonna go back there on saturday and order one. i was that happy with the guy and his prices!!
  14. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Harman has more options and Bells and Whistles.

    But nothing wrong with the Classic Bay. Great Heater.
  15. gokartmike725

    gokartmike725 New Member

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    yea that was him. he was helpful honest and to the point i would recommend this place to anyone.

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