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    On Bench Water Filter

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    Hi All,
    I have recently upgraded my coffee machine and now need to sort out the water requirements.
    I understand I need the water filtered and softened but I do not want to pay $400 for a fully installed system. I was hoping I could use a jug type but from the little I understand its seems this isnt an option.

    I have few questions I am hoping someone out there will be able to help me with.

    1) If I use a filter system that filters and softens the water do you still need to de scale? I have the feeling I will but a filter will increase the time between de-scaling?

    2)Has anybody used the on bench models like this:
    http://fridgefilters.com.au/Benchtop-Filter-System-inc-CFS117R-Softening-Filter-5-Mic/?page=1

    As I said above I dont want a full system. This one looks like it might be ok but I dont like the way it connects to the tap with the toggle. Can you take it out, use it to fill the machine and then put it away?

    3)Does anyone make a jug model so I dont have to have this thing sitting on my bench? It doesnt appear so which surprises me a little as it can be made into a bench top unit so why not a jug?

    Thanks for any advice.

    P.S. I wasnt sure where to post this so if it needs to be moved feel free.

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    Re: On Bench Water Filter

    Hi dasher Im pretty sure that the bench top filter system is fine and you could always connect it up in the laundry out of site and just fill your tank from there.

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    In general the jug systems dont work because a decent filter/softener needs some water pressure to force the water through the filter.

    The jug systems rely on long term exposure rather than pressure and do a poor job of softening and almost nothing at all for filtering.

    As far as the fastening to the faucet goes, give Bombora a ring and see what they can recommend in a temporary or snap-on fitting.

    I had one with the diverter years ago and found the water tasted so much better that I left it on the bench to have drinking water on tap. We also used it for cooking.

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    Re: On Bench Water Filter

    A use the same benchtop filter as the one you have posted in your link. I would definitely *rather* an under bench set up, which can then plumb into my machine, but Im in a rental and this isnt an option for me at the moment.

    I live in Perth which is known for its bad water conditions and hard water. Having said that, the softening filter has definitely helped in reducing the scale.

    It will depend on the quality of the water where you live, but I dont think you will be able to replace the need to descale completely. If you can get the water to a reasonable quality, and then descale once a year or so, you should be fine.

    This is just what I THINK is the case, and I could be wrong.. so hopefully a couple of other people can confirm.. or correct me.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention, its better if you give Bombora a call. Its better to buy the right item once, than to buy the wrong item, and then the right item once.


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    Re: On Bench Water Filter

    I run a Digipure9000s from Bombora via their fridgefilters website as shown http://fridgefilters.com.au/Countertop-System-with-Softener/

    I have access to two laboratories and have confirmed this unit straight out of the box will take town water of hardness level of 60 down to 0. I will continue to test over the coming months to gauge the ability of the softner.

    Ive also have a couple of these sitting in the cupboard to change over http://fridgefilters.com.au/Cuno-Triple-Action-drop-in-filter-with-Scale-inhibition/

    With the wife not keen on drilling through the granite or splashback yet, this unit sits well in our laundry out of sight. She now uses it for drinking water and I just on a nightly basis top up my tank with a beautiful stainless steel 2ltr pitcher that sits happy next to my set up.

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    Re: On Bench Water Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by 103237323D530 link=1335417561/1#1 date=1335419919
    Hi dasher Im pretty sure that the bench top filter system is fine and you could always connect it up in the laundry out of site and just fill your tank from there.
    Thats what I was thinking to. The only problem is I dont have much edge space around the basin in the laundry, I will have to work something out. I may have to set it up, use it, and then put it away.

    Quote Originally Posted by 14213634043C213E323F37530 link=1335417561/2#2 date=1335432277
    In general the jug systems dont work because a decent filter/softener needs some water pressure to force the water through the filter.

    The jug systems rely on long term exposure rather than pressure and do a poor job of softening and almost nothing at all for filtering.
    Ok makes sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by 362536212A623F26252026530 link=1335417561/3#3 date=1335440876
    A use the same benchtop filter as the one you have posted in your link. I would definitely *rather* an under bench set up, which can then plumb into my machine, but Im in a rental and this isnt an option for me at the moment.
    An under bench set up would be great. I just cant afford another $400 on top of the machine. Specially as it only reduces the frequency of needing a de-scale.

    Quote Originally Posted by 362536212A623F26252026530 link=1335417561/3#3 date=1335440876
    I live in Perth which is known for its bad water conditions and hard water. Having said that, the softening filter has definitely helped in reducing the scale.
    I live in Ascot Vale, Melbourne and have the same problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by 193C3D272A530 link=1335417561/4#4 date=1335441793
    I have access to two laboratories and have confirmed this unit straight out of the box will take town water of hardness level of 60 down to 0.* I will continue to test over the coming months to gauge the ability of the softner.
    Interesting to get some feedback on an independant test, nice work.




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    Re: On Bench Water Filter

    Hi dasher this my benchtop filter in the laundry. I use mine on a shelf from buntings that suction cups.

    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1314108124

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    Re: On Bench Water Filter

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    InTheCup - Fantastic idea I will do the same. Thanks! ;D



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