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Thread: Plaza Machinery - Bethel Vermont
02-28-2007, 04:52 PM #1
I sent a bank draft to Joe at Plaza and it arrived earlier this month. I have not been able to contact Joe since we agreed to the sale. I have bought from Joe once before and I was happy with the product and service.
Does anyone know if Plaza shuts down for holidays etc. at this time of year?
02-28-2007, 06:06 PM #2
02-28-2007, 07:41 PM #3
He no longer takes phone calls. Due to some health problems and other various issued he now bills himself as "semi-retired". Email is usually the best way to contact him. He always gets back to me pretty quickly.
02-28-2007, 08:13 PM #4
He has leukemia (sp?) and is down periodically. He prefers contact via fax of all things. He'll take care of you, just might be a little slow depending on circumstances
02-28-2007, 08:57 PM #5
Thanks for your feedback guys. I am a Nervous Nelly when a decent sum of money is in the wind. Joe was exemplary when I last dealt with him; that's why I was concerned about the lack of contact this time around. I certainly hope that his health is OK or that he is on the mend.
I will update this topic when I get word from Joe.
02-28-2007, 11:57 PM #6
It hurts my heart to hear that Joe is ill.
I have met him and he is a great guy and fair and honest dealer.
I pray for his speedy recovery.
03-01-2007, 01:31 AM #7
Did not know Joe was sick... will have to send a note.
Joe is a straight arrow. Honest and trustworthy.
03-01-2007, 01:55 AM #8
Joe was fine when I visted last September. My impression was that his health problems were behind him.
He updated his website 2 days ago, so he is definitely still active. I know he gets close to 100 emails a day, so he is likely busy and will get to you.
03-01-2007, 03:05 PM #9
Not only that, but if he got the heavy snow there, with the road he's on, he is probably still trying to dig out. It's a real back road.
You can depend that he'll get you your item asap.
03-01-2007, 09:29 PM #10
I just got an email from him. Seems fine...
03-01-2007, 11:07 PM #11
"It's a real back road."
Indeed, it kind of is, and I wish there were more of them and I wish they were even more back roady--that is, less travelled.
I've only visited the place once, about a year ago, and enjoyed meeting Joe Bergamo, who, indeed, talked about disease in his family (if I remember correctly--and my memory is bad--both he and a son have similar serious illnesses), especially becasue I could easily empathize, as I told him, as my wife had died young a number of years ago, of leukemia.
I mean to go back again, of course.
That day I visited there, it may have been a January day, and we had had a light winter, not much real problem with weather. I live an hour away or so, and over a mountain. The forecast that day called for light rain and near freezing temperatures so I figured I might have some difficulty but the black topped roads from here to about a mile from his place had no ice. I was pleasantly surprised to find this so and was just as unpleasantly surprised, almost as soon as I got onto his gravel topped road, to find myself first on sheet ice and second totally out of control and sliding sideways and backwards rather fast I thought, with the cold and somber looking White River not too far away down a steep slope on my left (which was becoming my right as I spun). I fought that pickup truck and--probably not thanks to me--got out of the problem by just missing a deep culvert on the other side of the road and sliding into a stubble corn field filled with snow: no damage to me, no damage to the truck. I got out, put the hubs in, and drove out of the field, and decided I wouldn't stay too long at Joe's.
No adventure on the way home though.
The road is called the Peavine Road for a little railroad that used to run--maybe still does but I don't think so--there.
03-02-2007, 06:56 AM #12
I corresponded with him yesterday, he stated business has been crazy recently, and he's just trying to keep up with everyone. I checked his most recent inventory and quite a few machines have been sold since I last checked a month ago. I can only imagine the difficulty of trying to manage freight and shipments in the weather, I've personally had a few parts delayed up to a week recently from that region.
04-03-2014, 09:41 AM #13
04-04-2014, 06:38 AM #14
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04-04-2014, 07:56 AM #15
04-05-2014, 02:12 PM #16
I bought two machine tools from him. The first one was a good deal. The second one I had a terrible time with him. He said the table had no marks on it and it did. He said it was as new in appearance, it was repainted. I talked to him about it and he attacked me as I was the bad guy.
I know about him now. If I was in the area and could inspect in person you probably would be alright. I wasn't and got what I deserved by not inspecting in person.
I don't know if he's dead or not. But responded to the good as gold remark.
04-06-2014, 03:45 AM #17
So I want to buy an L00 mount 12" face plate.
I am too far away to visit. So should I deal with Joe?
04-06-2014, 06:13 AM #18
I was satisfied with the dealing I had with Joe. Just read the above posts, subtract the bad from the good and draw your own conclusion.
04-06-2014, 08:17 AM #19
steveC is correct. Draw your own conclusion. I won't ever buy something without inspecting in person or have right of return. The cost of returning it would figure in my decision.
04-06-2014, 08:20 AM #20
I had several dealings with Joe (Plaza Machinery) without any problems or issues. A little slow to respond to emails but I received the items I bought which were well packed and accurately described. I would have no hesitation purchasing from him again.