I used the Vgr 910 (an older model) for a few years with no trouble. Also used the 990 similar to the one you tried, but a couple of hundred cheaper for awhile with no trouble. Liked it a lot. Was on the new one at Sears and thought it was very good. The NT is a great machine and I think very underrated. They are very easy to maintain, so if something should go wrong they will send you the part, and you can service it yourself once the warranty expires. I would have no probelm buying and recommending the NT.