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Knitting Machine Price List...




This is just a guide of prices on used machines from MY personal experience.  Depending on what is popular in the market will dictate prices to fluctuate up and down.  THIS IS JUST A GUIDE.  If you buy a machine from a Dealer it will be considerably more but you are getting (or should be getting) a machine that is fully vetted and should NOT have any bent needles, with a new sponge bar, cleaned and with a decent tune up.  That is why you are paying so much more for those machines.

               A WORD ON TAITEXMA KNITTING MACHINES
                                          (Brother Clones)

There is also a brand of knitting machine that came out in 2011 that is a Brother clone.  It is called TAITEXMA and is manufactured in Taiwan and Mainland China.  TAITEXMA has been in business since 1989 and has been making flatbed machines since 2000.  I have had mixed reviews on the quality of this brand of knitting machine and would caution you if you should decide to purchase one.  If you do, get a money back warranty just in case.

The TAITEXMA is very much like the Brother knitting machine. They too use the same model numbers but have replaced the Brother letters KH - main bed and KR - ribber bed with TH and TR. I can't say positively that this one is an exact duplicate but  from what I hear it is very close. At least some, if not all of the Brother attachments will work with the TAITEXMA and you should also check TOYOTA knitting machine accessories, as some  TOYOTA items are interchangeable with Brother machines also.  I have no used pricing as this is new to the market, but below is a list of models in production, and they only make punch card knitting machines.  Pricing is from ALLBRANDS.com and they will meet or beat any price lower than the ones posted on their site.

                                 TAITEXMA Models Available
                                             
(2012 prices)

                   TH260:  Bulky 9mm Punch Card main bed - $1,049
                                  TR 260:  Ribber, 9mm - $569

                  TH860:  Standard 4.5mm Punch Card main bed - $799
                                  TR850:  Ribber, 4.5mm - $549




MACHINE

OFFER

INFO

 

ANY 4.5mm Punch Card Machine Prior to the 800 series

 

1960’s

 

 

Anywhere from $100 - $200

 


 
These are very old machines and usually do not have a patterning system so all hand tooling.

 

ANY 4.5mm Punch Card Machine in the 800 series

 

1970’s & 1980's

 

 

$250 and I have seen like new ones sell for as high as $450, just remember they are punch card machine and NOT computerized.

They are the 24 stitch repeats.

For additional information there is a page dedicted to this series:  


Brother PunchCard Machines

 

 

KH881 has built in knit leader.

 

KH836 no lace carriage    (budget).

 

KH890 Garter Carriage Rail.

 

KH891 Garter Carriage Rail and knit radar.

 

 

ANY 4.5mm Ribber, usually the KR850 and KR900

 

 

$125 if it needs work.

$250 - $300 for a clean one.

 

 

KH210 & KH230
9mm Manual machine

 

1977

 

 

$200 - $300

KR230 Ribber:  $200

Full Set:  $400 at most, as you cannot upgrade and only hand tooling for pattern work.


 

No way to pattern except by Hand.  Basically a chunk of metal with needles, but a sturdy machine if you are looking for something very, very basic and inexpensive or if you hand tool most of your stitch patterns.

 

KH260 – 9mm Punch Card Machine

 

1984

 

 

Bulky Punch Card Patterning system.

Depends on condition of the machine, anywhere from $250 - $400

 

 

The 9mm Ribber, KR260, around $250 - $300.

The ribber fits any of the Brother 9mm Machines, including the KH270.

 

KH270 – 9mm Computerized Machine

 

1990

 

These will sell for anywhere from  $850 to $1,200 without the ribber and up to $1,800 with a ribber.

Has 288 built in patterns.

I have seen these sold at times at around the $1,000 mark or a little less, but rare at that price.

I personally would not pay over $1,100 - $1,500 for a KH270 set with a Ribber and Garter Bar (GB's can cost $200).  I bought mine for $1,100 with all accessories included.  Also, make sure you get the right yarn color changer for the machine, the KRC900/KK RCC, the others do not work on this model.

 

These machine are hard to find and even harder to find in good shape. They are a coveted item and few were made.

The KR260 is the ribber that works with this machine.

These machines hold their value.

PLEASE NOTE:  The KR230 Ribber Does NOT work with this machine.

 

 

Compuknit II/KH900

4.5mm

 

1992

 

I would not pay over $250 for this machine due to the age and Brother is not making any replacement parts, so you would need to buy another machine if it poops out on you. Also, uses a PPD.

 

 

Computerized machine but the first one made so the electronics will be the oldest, keep that in mind and they also use a different computer system from the later models.

50 built in patterns.

KH910/Compuknit ST, 4.5mm

 

1980

 

$125 to $250 depending on condition. I have never seen one on good shape and they are usually well used up.

Get the Studio SK560 or SK580 if they ask for anything over $300 as it is a much better machine, in my opinion and worth the extra money.  Same system, just a much sturdier machine and the computer is in the carriage not the machine itself, so easier to fix.  And you can always replace the carriage with the SK840 carriage when it wears out.

 

Some will laugh at this price but these are found usually well worn out. I would add another $50 if in like new condition and this model uses mylar sheets for stitch patterns like the Studio 500 series (and I think the Studio is a better machine). 60 stitch repeat. 


 

 

KH930/Compuknit III

4.5mm

 

1986

 

Computerized and thought of as the workhorse of all the models.

People love this model but make sure you vet the machine properly.

 

$300 - $450, maybe $500

 

 

Hundreds of built in stitch patterns.

I have seen people try to sell this machine on eBAY and other sites for up to $1,000.

THAT is RIDICULOUS! and NOT worth it. The computer is aging from manufacture date and they are no longer being made.

Look at the Studio line before you decide to buy a Brother at $1,000.


 

KH940/Compuknit IV

4.5mm

 

1988

 

 

Computerized. For some reason this one is also highly prized if you can find one in excellent condition.  I do not know why they are so sought after.

 

$300 - $600

If priced at $1,000 I would take a good look at the Silver Reed line before buying a Brother at that price.  Computers age whether they are being used or not.


 

555 built in stitch patterns.


I have seen people try to sell this machine on eBAY and other sites for up to $1,000.


THAT is RIDICULOUS! and NOT worth it. The computer is aging from manufacture date and they are no longer being made.

KH950 and KH950i

 

1988

 

The difference between the 950 and 950i is that the 950i has a place for a pattern cartridge that holds an additional 800 stitch patterns AND if you want to use DAK.

$350 if it needs work or not at all since it's computerized, $600 if in great condition.


I have seen people try to sell this machine on eBAY and other sites for up to $1,000.  THAT is RIDICULOUS! and NOT worth it.  The computer is aging from manufacture date and they are no longer being made.

 

 
You can also use DAK with this machine, the 950i, but check with your local DAK dealer about the Cable required for this machine.

500 to 555 built in stitch patterns also.


If priced at over $1,000 I would take a good look at the Silver Reed line before buying a Brother at that price.  Computers age whether they are being used or not.

KH965/ Compuknit V

And

KH965i/Compuknit Vcx

 

1992

 

The difference between the 965 and 965i is that the 965i has a place for a pattern cartridge that holds an additional 800 stitch patterns AND if you want to use DAK.

 $400 - $800


I have seen people try to sell this machine on eBAY and other sites for over $1,000. and up to $1,500  THAT is RIDICULOUS! and NOT worth it.  The computer is aging from manufacture date and they are no longer being made.

 

You can also use DAK with this machine, but check with your local DAK dealer about the Cable required for this machine.

 


615 built in stitch patterns.

If priced at over $1,000 I would take a good look at the Silver Reed line before buying a Brother at that price.  Computers age whether they are being used or not.

KH970/Compuknit 5 Star

 

1996

 

This is the top of the line Brother knitting machine with 666 built in patterns and a different computerized system from the others as it is detachable.  You can program it on your table and then return it to the machine.

$700 if it needs work
$1,000 if in excellent condition

I have seen sellers ask for $2K for this machine but I would not offer more than $1,100, that is what I have bought and sold this machine for, to include the ribber.

 

I would suggest the 900 series ribber with this machine, at least the KR850, they are the newer ribber models and I think allow you to do Birdseye ribbing.

This machine holds it value very well and if you can find a NEW one, as in NEW – never used – I would offer $1,300.  Does not mean that seller will let it sell for that amount, just where I place it’s value next to the NEW Silver Reed Machines.

I owned one of these and I loooved this machine, it is an excellent machine to buy and hard to find in excellent condition.  Sold as I do not knit on 4.5mm.


 

KH400, 350, 355, (390, 370?)

Have no idea on dates, I would assume from the 1970’s. These are
“hobby” machines.

 

Anywhere from $150 to $400.

A great starter machine, like the Silver Reed/Studio LK150.



Excellent starter machine and for the first time buyer the best buy as you spend a few hundred dollars over thousands.

 

These are all Plastic hobby machines and a few are convertible with both the 4.5mm and 9mm ability in one machine.


Excellent machine for the newbie to machine knitting and I would suggest getting the convertible with the ability to knit in 4.5mm and 9mm gauges.


                      
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