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Thread: Portafilter handle removal... help!!

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    Portafilter handle removal... help!!

    Hello all.

    With the vast and collective knowledge on this forum I was wondering if anyone has removed the plastic handle from a naked portafilter (Izzo Valexia Leva) in order to replace with a timber handle.

    I have tried (rather unsuccessfully) to remove and am stuck (no pun intended) on how to get the handle to part ways with the head.

    I am trying to fit a rather beautiful handle (thanks Leon) but trying to get the original off if proving to be quite a feat. If anyone has successfully done this or has any suggestions then your words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    Alastair

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    No idea, but the handles on a Sunbeam EM 6910 unscrew.
    I guess you have tried that though.

    But have a look here, must be possible
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    How are you securing the PF to unscrew? Have you got a decent hold/purchase? Some day to said handle in hot water to soften any adhesives.

    Is there a cap on the end? On the bezzera once the cap was removed an inner hex was exposed so you could insert large Allen key to unscrew.

    Cheers

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    They can the a bugger to remove, often bound solid with loctite on the threads.

    Is it an option to keep the original portafilter intact and pick up a naked portafilter body for the new timber handle.? Should run about $40 or so.
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    Portafilter handle removal... help!!

    Artman is correct, some handles have more adhesive than others, even leaving it locked in the machine for a good 1/2 hour or so, I used the machine to hold the portafilter and a rubber mat to turn the handle. Though with an after market naked I had the internal screw was so long that I couldn't get it out without cutting the plastic away from the thread.
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    Thanks for the suggestions.. I removed the emd cap in the hope there was a screw but no luck.. there looks to be a metal shaft that runs almost the length of the handle and this in turn is secured to the head.

    I have got hold of a decent vice so will try applying a bit of heat. Planning on inserting a bar (wrapped in cloth to protect the head - the portafilters not mine). This should give me some decent leverage to try to get the bugger undone.

    It is the beautiful Wilcox handles I am trying to fit.

    I will persevere

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    You can always hack off the plastic?

    It would be killing me not being able to fit those beautiful timber handles!

    Cheers
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    Sounds like hacking may be the way, I cut mine half way down the handle right through then took the plastic and glue off bit by bit

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    Hi Alastair,

    I had the same issue with my rocket portafilter handles. I got the handles off by heating the portafilter head, where it joins the handle, with a heat gun (from my corretto setup). This generated enough heat to melt the loctite glue, then it was really easy to just unscrew the handle. Just make sure to use heat proof gloves when handling the heated portafilter, and be careful not to scorch the plastic handles in case you want to keep them as backup.

    Hope it works for you as well.

    Cheers, Dave
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    Hi Dave...
    This does sound like the best way to go. I tried hacking and slowly breaking away the plastic but the handle is not going to give up easily.
    I have a heat gun (used for paint stripping) so will apply some careful heat and see what happens.

    And artman.. yes it is killing me

    Cheers all.
    Alastair

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    Please show us the end result, and also let us know where I can get a bottomless/naked P/F for my Sunbeam EM6910 for that price!

    The only ones I can find are for around AU$136.00. To convert that to NZ and put postage on it would mean around NZ$150.00 plus.

    I like my coffee in the morning, but not that much!

    Oops, did I say that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoggers View Post
    Hi Dave...
    This does sound like the best way to go. I tried hacking and slowly breaking away the plastic but the handle is not going to give up easily.
    I have a heat gun (used for paint stripping) so will apply some careful heat and see what happens.

    And artman.. yes it is killing me

    Cheers all.
    Alastair
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    Woohoo.. success.

    I pop the plastic handle bit in the vice, had heat gun at the ready and thought I will just try once more.

    Hey presto.. off she comes as easy as anything. Maybe the thought of the heat gun scared it into submission

    A lovely new Tassie Blackwood handle fitted. Thanks Leon... work workmanship is a thing of beauty and the photos do not do justice.. speaking of which here it is fitted.
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    Wow, looks fantastic.

    Cheers
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Quote Originally Posted by Hoggers View Post
    Woohoo.. success.

    I pop the plastic handle bit in the vice, had heat gun at the ready and thought I will just try once more.

    Hey presto.. off she comes as easy as anything. Maybe the thought of the heat gun scared it into submission

    A lovely new Tassie Blackwood handle fitted. Thanks Leon... work workmanship is a thing of beauty and the photos do not do justice.. speaking of which here it is fitted.
    Fantastic, glad you got there, it looks brilliant!
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