The knob on the crank handle came apart within the first 10-15 times I ran a die through. The interior glue was sticky & messy, got all over my fingers & card stock, & was hard to clean off. I tried to hot glue the 2 halves of the knob together, but it wouldn't take - even with other glues - so I put a rubber band around it just to keep the knob from falling apart on me while using it. The plates warp quickly & the replacement plates never seem to be in stock when I try to order them. On top of that, the machine is expensive & took a long time to get here. I've had it for about a year or so now, & although it cuts small dies well enough, you have to put a single die (no more than 2 small ones) in the center of the plates or it won't cut all the way through - especially when the plates start to warp.
On ther plus side, it's nice to have the mini for fast & easy die-cutting, but I wish I had gone with another brand given all the inconveniences.