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    15 amp machine for home use

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    Hi,

    I might have the option of getting a commercial machine that runs off 15 amp for home. I have read previously about how for coffee carts changing the element to a 10 amp element. As we only have 10 amp plugs at home at this stage, and only rent, I was wondering what the options are to convert a machine to 10 amp and the cons for doing so. Or is it not that much of an ordeal to get a 15 amp power point pu tin? I wouldnt have high turn over with it just being at home but need to figure out if it is viable or I am just better off being more patient and saving a few more pennies and getting a 10 amp machine. I hope my ramble makes sense to someone out there and any help in the right direction would be appreciated.

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    Perfect sense!

    Depends on whether the element is a one piece element or whether its segmented into 2 or 3 parts.

    With 2 or 3 part elements an electrician could remove the "bridges" (that bridge the elements together to give the full 15 amps), thereby reducing to 10 or 7.5 amps.

    If it is a 2 part element, dont bother as 7.5 is not good enough on a commercial machine with large boiler.

    Therefore depends on brand / model machine & type of element fitted....and if it were me, *I wouldnt bother.

    Also, a waste of time & money paying a sparkie to deliver you a 15 amp circuit in the house just to run this. Its really the wrong kind of machine for household use and remember, commercial machines work better when used as intended. When not used enough, thats when problems arise particularly from the point of view correct extraction. Machines that "idle" a lot overheat etc etc etc.

    Save the bickies and buy the right machine for you instead which if I may say so, will be a machine that can be plugged into a normal household powerpoint & work properly as intended straight off.

    Regardz,
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    Thanks FC, that is good enough for me not to go ahead with it. Now back to the drawing board to bite the bullet and finally decide after I have been debating for so long over a Silvia or a to spend a bit more for a HX machine which would mean saving a little more. So thanks for your advice which will stop a lot of heartache by the sounds of things.

    Brett

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffeechaser link=1157954776/0#2 date=1157962584
    Now back to the drawing board to bite the bullet and finally decide after I have been debating for so long over a Silvia or a to spend a bit more for a HX machine which would mean saving a little more.
    As a silvia owner, my vote is for HX if you can afford it. Or maybe the new sunbeam; who knows?

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    Re: 15 amp machine for home use

    Quote Originally Posted by luca link=1157954776/0#3 date=1157970982
    Quote Originally Posted by Coffeechaser link=1157954776/0#2 date=1157962584
    Now back to the drawing board to bite the bullet and finally decide after I have been debating for so long over a Silvia or a to spend a bit more for a HX machine which would mean saving a little more.
    As a silvia owner, my vote is for HX if you can afford it. *Or maybe the new sunbeam; who knows?
    Luca, Luca, Luca...did you forget that Sunbeam is the company that you buy a toaster from? At least they do that reliably! *;) ;D

    I say yes- def HX if you can afford one...if not the Silvia is a by far a better machine that the Sunbeam at the moment....Why? Because they dont break *;).

    Drop me a line if youd like to have a chat about some machines, Coffeechaser...

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    Funny story; my mum bought a breville zip 4 toaster a few years ago. Electronics up the whazoo. Pity that it cost $150, didnt actually lift your english muffins high enough to get them out without burning yourself or getting tongs, and the electronics crapped themselves as soon as the warranty period expired. Naturally, she went and bought ... a breville zip 5 toaster, which was upgraded in some way that was not obvious to any living human being, but warranted a $50 price increase. The english muffins still come out and, yes, it was useless in a year. So I decided to go and buy the next one. I actually took an english muffin into myers and worked out which high-lift toaster actually lifted them out. Unsurprisingly, the breville zip 216 did not, nor did any other toaster, except for the $20 sunbeam with analogue controls. Figured that I cant go wrong. At $20, if it short circuits, I can just use it as a door stop ;P That was a few years ago ... I even went and bought the same one for Maling Room when our grill broke ;P So, Chris, at the very least Id never buy a breville espresso machine!

    In the meantime, I think Ill stick with my $120, 40-year-old La Peppina!

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    Re: 15 amp machine for home use

    Quote Originally Posted by luca link=1157954776/0#5 date=1157973418
    *I actually took an english muffin into myers and worked out which high-lift toaster actually lifted them out.
    Luca, that IS a really funny story. Im loving the mental image of you exercising your consumer savvy in Myers by casually slipping an english muffin out of your pocket/man bag and into each toaster to measure the high lift capacity. Im sure the security footage will appear one day on an Australias Kookiest Shopper Video or "Celebrity Baristas - The Early Years reality TV special.*;D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baristacrat link=1157954776/0#6 date=1157978109
    Im loving the mental image of you exercising your consumer savvy in Myers by casually slipping an english muffin out of your pocket/man bag and into each toaster to measure the high lift capacity.
    Actually, I was wearing a pinstripe suit that day and had it in my front pocket ;P



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    Re: 15 amp machine for home use

    Mmm, isnt that a Mr Bean episode?

    It was a kipper inside his coat pocket and trying out a frying pan...

    :)

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    Ahhh,

    I had my suspicions.... Luca Bean. Now the penny drops ;),

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