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    Setting up 2nd hand commercial machine

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    I recently took ownership of the old LaPavoni coffee machine we were using at my work. Ive since brought it home and am trying to set it up - Ive never set up a machine before.

    Its a fairly old machine and cannot find any info on it from Googleing -> all I know is that it has an internal pump, and that from how it was set up, I should just need to connect a hose or vessel of water and the machine will do the rest - without being properly plumbed in.

    I also cant find the output - there is a box under the main drip tray which has an output, but wasnt sure if this would be the main/only output of the machine.

    Thank you for any information!

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    Re: Setting up 2nd hand commercial machine

    Quote Originally Posted by 6453537C250 link=1238392132/0#0 date=1238392132
    Googleing
    Should be spelled "googling"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5A6D6D421B0 link=1238392132/0#0 date=1238392132
    I also cant find the output
    Output for what?

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    Re: Setting up 2nd hand commercial machine

    Quote Originally Posted by 1824392228293E2B23284C0 link=1238392132/1#1 date=1238393226
    Quote Originally Posted by 6453537C250 link=1238392132/0#0 date=1238392132
    Googleing
    Should be spelled "googling"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_(verb)

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    Re: Setting up 2nd hand commercial machine

    Quote Originally Posted by 01363619400 link=1238392132/0#0 date=1238392132
    I recently took ownership of the old LaPavoni coffee machine we were using at my work. Ive since brought it home and am trying to set it up - Ive never set up a machine before
    Lots of info out there..

    But most of us can not define the string length your after..

    OH... Want a manual for a Holden :(


    You need to provide Model / Serial and any other info you have / can find and even a pic or two might help..

    Any thing less means that the string length can not be determined..

    Speeling policx wil also bee happiery ;D

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    Re: Setting up 2nd hand commercial machine

    Hi, under the drip tray will be the only drain you need to connect.

    If the previous owner ran it from a bucket, you should be able to do the same. I have never run from a bucket, but gather there can be some issues. If they had it plumbed in, and you run from a bucket the brew pressure will be a fair bit off, and would need adjustment. Try searching "espresso machine pump from bucket", and you should hopefully get on track. Also, the machine is probably 15amps+, do you have appropriate powerpoint?

    Damian.

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    Re: Setting up 2nd hand commercial machine

    Guys please......

    just give the bloke the answers, he doesnt need to search elsewhere....sheesh, dont we know anything in Australia...gotta go looking to our US "big brothers" for the answers I spose?

    Mate:

    Re install should be a reversal of how you disconnected it at work. Or, asssuming you didnt remove it, here it is/.

    For plumbing, this is the sequence of fixings from the stop cock (tap)
    1) The tap (cold water NOT hot)
    2) a 350 kPa (kilo pascal) water pressure limiting valve (to reduce the mains pressure)
    3) a suitable water filter, better if it also has anti scale properties
    4) The flexible water hose connects from the filter outlet to the water pump in the machine.

    For the drain (what you called an "ouput"), the collector box under the drip tray is the only "output" - Connect a suitable hose (must have wire reinforcing so when it gets hot (the dregs from brewing etc are hot) it doesnt collapse and cause a blockage and route it either to a bucket right underneath, or to the inlet nipple on the S trap under your sink (like the one you connect the dishwasher outlet to). If you already have the dishwasher connected there, you can buy a replacement trap from a plumbers supplier with 2 inlet nipples. *

    All the above assumes the machine is fully operational and has no problems, and a straightforward install.

    You said the machine is "fairly old". Depending on how old, it may not work properly if instead of connecting to the mains as above, you try and run it out of a bucket. This is because in "the old days", many machines relied on mains pressure to fill the boiler. If you run out of a bucket, there is no pressure to refill the boiler when required.

    Afraid you will not know whether its one of them or not, unless you try and see what happens.

    And yes if you run it out of a bucket and it was previouasly run from the mains, the water pump pressure will need to be readjusted (to boost pressure).

    What do you need a manual for they dont tell you anything. If you really want to know something specific about the model call the la pav importer.

    Good luck with it and tell us how you go.



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    Re: Setting up 2nd hand commercial machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4F6E65627841460B0 link=1238392132/5#5 date=1238413843
    sheesh, dont we know anything in Australia
    Yep - do a similar search here and I am sure you will find 100 other people explaining it also.



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