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    Help find lube for coffee machine

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    Need help finding a food grade lubricant for my Gaggia Factory, need a bit of lube when replacing seals and gasket. Any idea where to buy this stuff? Have asked kitchen supply stores and coffee machine suppliers but to no avail. Any help appreciated.

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    Contact AQIS (Aust Quarantine & Inspection Service), they might be able to put you on to a supplier.

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    theres a dow corning silicon product, cant recall the exact details but its food safe and rated to over 200deg C. I think I got it from a bearings type shop but the info was pulled off the dow corning *web site. Im away for another week so I cant look at the tube to tell you the details, it wasnt very expensive.

    Rice, *AQIS and lubricant??? the mind boggles, cavity searches! :o

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    Quote Originally Posted by mauricem link=1136526235/0#2 date=1136534911
    Rice, AQIS and lubricant??? the mind boggles, cavity searches! :o
    Not to mention Kopi Luwak! ;D

    I wonder, can you charge more for it having undergone a double passage? ::) :o ;D

    As to the food grade lubricant, is the application such that any of many and varied cooking oils would work?

    Java "Oh the things you think of late at night all javad up!" phile

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    try an email to service-maintenance@ coffeemio.com.au

    Coffee Mio Pty. Ltd.
    811 High Street Thornbury
    3071. Victoria Australia
    Telephone (613) 9484 0776.
    Facsimile (613) 9480 5087.
    Email : coffeemio@coffeemio.com.au


    or the new Gaggia Agents
    SHRIRO AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    A.C.N. 002 386 129

    23-27 Chaplin Drive
    Lane Cove
    NSW 2066
    Australia

    Phone: +61 (02) 9415 5000
    Fax: +61 (02) 9415 5001
    Email: webmaster@shriro.com.au


    Tepin

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    Quote Originally Posted by mauricem link=1136526235/0#2 date=1136534911
    Rice, AQIS and lubricant??? the mind boggles, cavity searches! :o
    bwahaha ;D I didnt put two and two together when I posted, but I can see the confusion.
    Lube + Aussie Quarantine = cavity searches

    Jokes apary, Ive found that when it comes to things food related, AQIS can be most knowledgeable. Probably the most comparbale thing we have to the US based FDA or NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) which is involved in food safety.

    If you can wait till Im back in Aus in a few weeks, I can check up on the Dow Corning product. We deal with them (but in a different field, not lubes).

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    Thanks all for your help, the search is on, will report back when I find something.

    A guy at Coffex told me about the Corning lube they were using, he was saying something like A$75 for a 100g tube, and he wasnt sure where to buy them.

    slow

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    Slow, have a look in the white pages for a company called BSC Motion Technology. They are Dow Corning stockists and have branches nationwide. They will be able to source whatever you require - they may even be able to offer you an alternative product at a cheaper price.

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    Hi Slowpod,

    Why are you pulling your Factory apart? :-[ Its a pretty new machine, isnt it?

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    The gaggia factory is a similar (or indeed, identical) machine to the pavoni, so I suggest you give europespresso in Annandale, Sydney, a ring to ask them what lube they use when they service Pavonis. (They are the official Pavoni agents). Ive seen them grease up my Pavoni lever machine and gaskets so I know they keep the lube / grease on their premises.

    Robert

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    Hi Stratford,

    My Factory is more than a yr old, water dropplets appear from top of piston when warming up, time to replace the seals around the piston...supposed to have done it every year, but am just too lazy...

    slow





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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    OK,

    I only used my Factory for a few months, and it then became a display item.....great machine, but cant supply a bunch of drinks the way Miss Silvia can!

    The Factory/Pavoni are beautiful machines :)

    Cheers...

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    As promised, this is my lube search report...

    Kitchen supply stores, whether for pros or consumers, are hopeless. A friend suggested bakery supply stores, but have not tried any.

    The service guy of Coffex in Brunswick (VIC) is knowledgeable and quite helpful, but couldnt locate their lube supplier.

    Coffee Mio at Thornbury (VIC) was not able to help, Saeco (VIC) is not interested in my problem.

    I finally found what I want from Europespresso in Annandale, Sydney, thanks chopinhauer for the tip. I got a package containing the gaskets and seals I needed, and two kinds of lube, one for the gaskets and the other for the seals. Friendly, knowledgeable and quick, this is a shop I would recommend if your Pavoni or Gaggia needs parts or services.

    Lastly, when you ask for food-grade lube, try to keep a straight face, else some people may have other ideas...

    Oh, took the machine apart this morning, cleaned everying and replaced all seals and gaskets around the piston areas, and it is like new again. No leak so far, keeping my fingers crossed.

    slow



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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    Surprised the Guys at Coffee Mio could not help. they were after all the Agents for many years.. You Possibly should have asked for Frank Berra..

    Please drop me a Pm AS i HAVE TO WRITE TO gAGGIA IN iTALY WITH A rEQUEST FOR A mANUAL FOR MY 2 gROUP AND AS iM GETTING IT TRANSLATED BY 2 DIFFERENT PEOPLE FOR FREE, Sorry Caps Lock..
    another few lines of comment wont bother the boys..
    Tepin..

    Meant to ask what did you get ? Brand etx..

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    Re: Help find lube for coffee machine

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I suggest a Dow Corning product called "molykote 111" valve & o-ring lubricant. *Many industrial o-ring supply outlets will have or be able to source the product. *Expensive at about $50 per tube.

    Service Temperature [C] -40 to +200, food grade

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