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  • Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

    gday snobs,
    I have been getting by lately with my breville ES800 for the last 2 years, and a Krups GVX2 grinder. The thing is, I purchased a Pony espresso machine at auction just before this, and to be honest I didnt know how to get it refurbished, whether it can be converted away from the ESE pods to ground coffee.
    Anyhow my question is:
    Is the pony worthy of refurbishing? (coffee budget presently <$400)
    What would you guys suggest as a next step:

    a. Mod the ES800 (somehting about attacking the filter basket with a dremel? Any guides posted here?)
    b. Just stick with the ES800
    c. Go for broke with the pony. (it looks much cooler with the shiny s/steel too)
    d. A more common sense suggestion.

    Cheers

  • #2
    Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

    Hi Pete

    The Pony can use coffee-pods or be converted to take ground coffee.

    However I dont know the cost of this

    What model did you buy Pony T or Pony commercial ?? as they have different components
    The Pony T has twin Heat Exchangers
    The Pony Commercial has Twin Boilers

    Although I have no hands on experience myself with the Pony a relative has owned the Pony Commercial and used it in a Take away shop

    KK

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    • #3
      Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

      Hi KK,
      as far as I can tell it is the Pony Commercial. It has four buttons on the front, with sevent LEDs above them, and has markings Pony Espresso both front and back.
      Cheers

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      • #4
        Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

        Pete
        It sounds like you have the commercial unit as the "T" model has a round dial

        I feel the machine will probably give you many years of good coffee when brought back to life, if repairs are within your budget
        From my observations it is made to a high standard they retail new for around $2300

        KK

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        • #5
          Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

          Hi KK,
          there is no round dial on it thats for sure.
          Can anyone recommend a place that can do the conversion to ground beans (instead of ESE) and give it a once over (or twice, even!)
          Thanks,
          Pete

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          • #6
            Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony



            Can anyone recommend a place that can do the conversion to ground beans (instead of ESE) and give it a once over (or twice, even!)
            Thanks,
            Pete
            Sent you a PM Pete
            KK

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            • #7
              Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

              Thanks KK,
              My machine is getting looked at as we speak.
              Cheers

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              • #8
                Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

                Keep us in the loop Pete

                And post some pictures when you get it back

                KK

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                • #9
                  Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

                  Hi there,
                  well I have asked them to have a look at the machine, and it sounds like it will need some repairs as well as the mod.... All up $900.00 and then it will be *as good as new* apparently (I am told it is circa 1998).
                  Its going to be quite a stretch to free up 900 for the machine, so just wondering on your opinions if this will be a good investment. The repair people tell me that the machine new costs $2500, but I am wondering if I could have gone the cheaper route with similar result (for example, go for the depressurisation of my ES800 instead).
                  Cheers,
                  Pete

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                  • #10
                    Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

                    Well I will say that you cant compare between these 2

                    Different class altogether Pete
                    If you are handy you could save a heap by doing it yourself

                    Its the Pony for me

                    KK

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                    • #11
                      Re: Newbie with 800ES and illy/uniq pony

                      Just an update. Got the Pony back now with ground coffee filter and removable group. I am trying to work out what settings etc - should be fun.
                      So far the coffee shot seems quite small (I extract for 18 seconds with the single function), however the taste is smooth and not bitter. I am trying to work out how to get acceptable milk froth though with the wierd teflon steaming wand.

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