It's good that you save your money and a lot of headache.
When i was searching for a tennis stringer a while ago, I thought about buying an Eagnas machine because of their price but after talking to their CS, I had decided not to buy one. Just like you, I had a rude buy-it or go-somewhere-else attitude.
I am now, a very happy owner of Prince Neos 1000. For a crank machine, this is the best machine ever.
One question though, did you ever get yourself a machine?