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    Wanting to remove plastic insert from Sunbeam EM4300 Mini Barista group handle

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    Hi all,

    Just bought a Sunbeam Mini Barista on sale to tide me over while I mull over what to get next (which will be my last machine). Using the single wall basket left over from my last Sunbeam 6910 (last of three ...). I want to remove the plastic insert from the group handle, but obviously this model is a single piece without the removable bottom. Any ideas? Thanks, CJ.

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    I presume it is a metal p/f with a plastic insert (I only know 69x0s / 7x00's)? They remove easily with a set of needle nose pliers from underneath, after you remove the spouts. Hope this helps.

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    Thanks TampIt, but the entire PF is one piece with the spouts built-in.

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    I only have 3 other thoughts.

    1) Try to find another SB p/f that fits and is in multiple pieces. Easy if a 6910 / 7000 series fits it - the 7000 is solid stainless, no plastic.
    2) Carefully cut out the plastic (stanley knife / equivalent) from above. Try not to scratch the underlying metal.
    3) Get a correctly sized holesaw and convert it to a naked p/f.

    Have fun... not that it is.

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    Tear it out.
    It has 2 molded protuberances holding it in. Some force will remove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ View Post
    Hi all,

    Just bought a Sunbeam Mini Barista on sale to tide me over while I mull over what to get next (which will be my last machine). Using the single wall basket left over from my last Sunbeam 6910 (last of three ...). I want to remove the plastic insert from the group handle, but obviously this model is a single piece without the removable bottom. Any ideas? Thanks, CJ.
    It just unscrews from underneath. However you'll end up with a screw hole left also. It didn't look right and so I put mine back. It's literally held by that tiny screw on bottle of PF

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePerth View Post
    It just unscrews from underneath. However you'll end up with a screw hole left also. It didn't look right and so I put mine back. It's literally held by that tiny screw on bottle of PF
    Thanks all. I will give it a go.

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    I checked with Sunbeam and they said the plastic insert should not be removed even when using a single wall basket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
    I checked with Sunbeam and they said the plastic insert should not be removed even when using a single wall basket.
    Did they explain why? I think youíll find itís just because it opens up a hole in the middle where the screw that holds it in place is. Iíve overcome this problem on multiple Sunbeam and Breville portafilters by plugging the hole with a small cap screw and nut. I say do whatever it takes to get rid of the plastic insert.
    level3ninja and fraz like this.

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    I removed the plastic insert from my EM5900 after several years use, and the mould under there was terrifying. And I did clean it, but it's inaccessible without a screw driver. YUCK.

    Can someone here get a job at Sunbeam or Breville and help them with their designs?



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