Thank you for the reply. I was definitely concerned as to whether it would be covered, since it is a niche market. I called Squaretrade customer support several different times just to be sure. The 3 different reps I spoke to spoke to their supervisor and assured me that it would be covered. I also informed the reps that there is no service center that would be capable of fixing it, and that only the manufacturer would be able to do so, or provide parts. Originally, the first rep I spoke to told me that in the event that it required service they'd send a technician out to repair it, which is when I made sure to be clear to the fact that that wouldn't be possible. She told me in that case they would either have it shipped to the manufacturer, or reimburse me up to the full purchase price.
I have three Squaretrade warranties. One of which is for a 65" TV that actually did require repair. They sent someone out the next day to repair it, which was surprising. Very quick service. Now, that being said, they were all too quick to try to sell me the warranty for the printer when I called about it... so I'd actually plan to speak to a supervisor and get it in writing / email that it would be covered. I'm grateful that my TV was so easy to take care of, but I've read horror stories as well with them.
But really, this would be my first 3D printer, so I wasn't sure if it would really be needed. I mean, I don't know what faults could possibly arise. $260 is not much when shipping alone would be $90+. At the same time, I've been reading throughout this forum, and I can't really foresee anything malfunctioning. Do extruders fail? i could see that as being a bit pricey, where the cost of the warranty would already be justified.
To be honest, I'd be very surprised if SquareTrade offered a warranty on a niche item like an Ultimaker 3D printer. Also, looking at their web site, it looks like they have their own repair centers that work on items, rather than being an insurance policy that covers the cost of getting a repair done at an authorized repair center. I can't imagine that they would have anyone qualified or experienced to work on an Ultimaker satisfactorily.
Right now, I'm not aware of any particular out-of-warranty repair service that is advertised by Ultimaker - I think these things are generally handled on a case-by-case basis working with their support staff. Bear in mind that the UM1 was specifically intended to be user assembled, and user serviceable, so for that printer sending out parts was generally all that was needed. The UM2 is a bit of a different case, since while it is still fairly easy to work on, it's being sold as more of a turnkey solution, and less technical ability can be assumed on the part of the owners. However, because it's still very new, there's not been a lot of need for the service yet.
Certainly, also, at the moment you would most likely need to order parts from Holland if the need arose, and if it came to it, ship the printer back there for service. In the past there have been rumors about UM improving its representation in the US, and potentially having a distributor that can provide parts, support and presumably even repairs directly in the USA. For those of us in the USA with UM printers that certainly has been something we've been hoping to see for a while now, but there doesn't seem to have been any new signs on that front in quite a while now.
Even the UM2 is really not that complicated. I wouldn't worry too much about the need for repairs, and I wouldn't waste money on a third party warranty service like that unless you're really sure that its going to actually be of practical help when the time comes.
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