All new dental instruments are not created equally. With the economy the way it is many of us are looking for any way possible to save money. So a lot of dental offices are spending on lower cost instruments. If you are doing this, you may not be saving as much as you think. You may even be spending more in the long haul. I would advise against purchasing any instruments or products of any kind from Pakistan or China. Ask your Dealer where the units are coming from before you purchase them. I have found that these instruments are of inferior quality. Many of them are under 90 days old. The quality of manufacturing seems to be very inconsistant. These units break at a very high rate. Because of this I see them in for repair and sharpening every day. Many cannot be retipped due to non standard sizes. An example of this is hygienist instruments that come in for retipping have non-standard holes for the tips and cannot be retipped and must be replaced. Some other problems you may run into involve needle holders and cutters with loose joints that cannot be repaired because the inferior steel has worn prematurely. When selecting new instruments, start with made in USA. After this ask about the grade of steel used in their manufacturing. Any instrument you purghase should be manufactured with American made surgical stainless steel. With this standard you can shop price. Consider Bauer Dental for your new instruments. All of our products are made with the highest quality surgical steel and are made in the USA. Our prices are discounted from retail and are very competetive. Also we don't sell instruments that cannot be retipped. Download our price sheet and compare our repair and sharpening prices. Click here to go to our website and click on the downloadable pdf file. Or you can call Howard at 317-652-8584 to discuss your instrument replacement and repair needs.