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Thread: FS : 1 group commercial Franken-lever SYD pick-up

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    FS : 1 group commercial Franken-lever SYD pick-up

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi all , need to clear some bench space , this one started out as a 80's Italcrem 1 group lever machine that i ended up changing quite a bit, just using available parts etc that i had in the workshop, or felt like making . It's a big heavy machine, plumb in and out, like most commercial levers, it needs a good 45 mins - 1 hour to warm=up

    Frame , boiler, plumbing , auto-fill box, all Italcrem , boiler and plumbing were dismantled, de-scaled and new gaskets/seals

    Lever group is commercial Pavoni dipper , has inlet valve to only allow boiler water into group when lever raised - helps stop over-heating. Group has new spring, bearings, and seals , shower screen and group seal

    Steam and hot water valves are off a Orchestrale Nota, but are common valves with easy to get parts

    New Sirai pstat

    Comes with 1 new Pavoni p/f with wood handle

    Size = 490mm x 470mm x 700mm high

    This is obviously a bitsa machine, front panel has holes where old valves were etc, It's not perfect , but makes great shots and i need to move it on

    Price is $1000 , pick up only in Rozelle NSW. Happy for viewing etc
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    WOW!!!!
    What a fabulous opportunity for a lever-lover!

    I have had many wonderful shots from an assortment of lever machines. IMO they make the best shots.
    This one has had the 'Kofekitt treatment"...so is ready to go. AND it is only $1000!

    Good luck with the sale (to some lucky b*stard).
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    If that was anywhere within 4 hours drive of me I'd be on it. I love my 2 group Boema lever ... but a single group would be more practical for home use ... and at that price, ready to go, I think its a steal - holes in front panel and all.

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    A bargain for a machine that will pull god shots all day, anyone who has used a commercial spring lever knows the magic of the lucious coffee that oozes from them. Will pull much better shots than a fancy electronic machine that costs 4 times as much.

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    I can't believe it is still available!!

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    Bargain is an understatement, this is a steal! Quick look at Coffeeparts website showed that a new lever grouphead by itself costs easily $1k and more!

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    What do you mean by ‘plumb out’. Can this be a manual tank filled machine too?

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    Plumb out means the drip tray has to be plumbed, but you can just put a tub under the outlet, or plug the drip tray and empty it manually. I usually just use a small extra tray on top of the drip tray to catch the small amount of water.

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    For potential buyers who can't plumb (me too), don't be afraid of the plumb in/out requirement. It's much easier than you (I) thought!

    I live in a one-bedroom apartment so our space isn't a premium. The setup has to be 'portable' enough in case we move next year (we just did a big move last year). And because we are renting, cutting out a hole in the kitchen bench or modifying the water line is a no-no for us. But there's an easy enough solution!

    Get a sturdy-enough island trolley, Flojet/caravan pump, stainless braided tubing, plumbing adapters (if needed), some polyvinyl tubing from Bunnings for draining out, and you will be set for god shots!

    You can skip the plumb out part as Kitt mentioned above if you want. However, do it if you can! Just connect the polyvinyl tubing to the drip tray and drain it into a used/cleaned 3L milk bottle, works wonder. It only fills up to about halfway every week or so. Trust me, once you get it plumbed out (even if it's just a semi plumb out in this case), you will be spoiled. No need to empty drip tray after every session. Change the milk bottle, which you would have plenty if you have milk drinkers at home, when it gets dirty.

    In my case, I spent about $80 getting a used Ikea island trolley from the local classified website, $100 for pump from Evilbay, misc tubings $40, timer switch $25 from Bunning (highly recommended). All up <$300 and I have a superb machine that is easy to use and gives god shots consistently. So far it's has upgraditis-proof me (which is huge because I am super easily tempted by the latest/hottest machinery) - that includes a LM Linea Mini that came and went last year. A commercial lever on a timer switch is just way nicer/fun to use and gives better shots - all IMO off course.

    Here's my setup which I may have posted before (different machine but the concept is the same). You can see the the milk bottle/drain out system, the pump is underneath which is out of sight. I had the accumulator tank (white in pic) but that's not really required (it just sits there and is not connected at the moment). No bench space concern or arguing with the wife to fight for kitchen real estate, I can even sneak in two grinders there (and some coffee gadgets underneath)!
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    If this was in Melbourne, I would have jumped on it already!

    Anyone doing a Syd->Melb road trip?

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    Sure. You pay for the petrol and the accommodation.

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    Amazing that this one hasn't sold. GEEEEEES! What can you get for $1000 that has been sorted and is in great condition...and has a lever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paolo View Post
    Amazing that this one hasn't sold. GEEEEEES! What can you get for $1000 that has been sorted and is in great condition...and has a lever!
    Agreed, if I wasn't out bush I would be all over it

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnafunk View Post
    Agreed, if I wasn't out bush I would be all over it
    Treat as a mini holiday then and come back with a coffee machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erimus View Post
    Treat as a mini holiday then and come back with a coffee machine.
    It's around 7500km round trip
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    So a medium vacation them. Or....ROAD TRIP!


    Java "Sounds like a perfect excuse to me!" phile
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    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnafunk View Post
    It's around 7500km round trip
    Get it sent to my place, and pick it up from there...



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