Could you believe I bought a Cricut Expression 2 for $10 on Craigslist around September? Short version.. Lady said it’s disabled.. broken.. Use for parts.. so I said to myself what the hey I’ll get it and try to fix it. How hard could it be? The lady said it was new so went over to her house to pick it up, thinking it would have everything it original came with. Cause of the listing it said (what I said above) “New. Broken can be used for parts. Bars are attached backwards” something like that. Never said belt has snapped. So when I got home, I opened the box. And there was just the machine.. Nothing else.. Seriously nothing else, no blade, blade housing, mat, manuals, etc.. But hey I shouldn’t complain I got a pretty damn good deal on it haha. Just by looking at the machine it look like it needed just a new belt and one of the bars needed to be leveled. It was uneven.. One side was so much higher than the other side. It didn’t look like it was attached backwards.
Long story short.. Weeks passed by and I finally fixed everything. I ordered the belt, blades and housing from sellers on eBay. I searched online for days on how to fix the belt. People kept complaining that Cricut will not do anything about fixing their own product.. I mean they do want to fix it but do it themselves… They won’t even send you replacements of what you need.
Well after everything was set and fix. The last thing to do was to turn it on and see if everything works properly. I didn’t have any cords so I borrowed my Cricut Cake plugs and used it on the Expression. Plugged everything where it’s suppose to be plugged. Turned it on and bingo.. it turns on haha.. I was extremely excited I grabbed one of my Cricut mats, a random cartridge and paper. I had mats in hand because I used them for my Silhouette. Yes I used Cricut’s mat for my Silhouette. Silhouette sells one mat when Cricut has 2 in a package. It works pretty well.. I have no complaints whatsoever 😁
After hours of testing.. I’m glad I bought the Cricut. I could not believe I even fixed it myself. A new belt cost maybe $5-6 (on eBay), and a deep cut blade plus housing $8 (eBay); also bought a score tip plus housing $6 (eBay) just for the heck of it. Might need that later on..