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Thread: A Second Hand Score, or a world of hurt?

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    Hi There,

    New Member first post.

    I purchased a 2nd hand Rancilio Silvia machine and Rocky d/l Grinder at the weekend from the local online classifieds.

    I would have preferred something with a double boiler, but I figure this will be a nice upgrade from my current Pod machine home setup, and if I find it gets a lot of use, I can look to upgrade in the new year.

    The bloke selling informed me that the boiler was tripping the RCD, but that the grinder was working fine. The gear was pretty dirty, but the cheap price we negotiated and knowing that Silvia parts were readily available had me thinking it was worth the plunge. I handed over the cash and headed home to give this setup a clean and polish.

    This gear was in terrible condition the grinder looks like its never been serviced or even cleaned in its lifespan. Coffee resin had caked up internally and I dont think the hopper had ever been removed. The machine needed a good clean too There was algae in the water tank and hoses, and despite not being used for more than a year, there was still a puck in the porta filter.

    I gave it a good clean and scrub, so now I think its time to hand over to a professional who can carry out the necessary repairs as well as give both a good service. Hopefully I haven't bitten off too much and the repair costs incurred won't be higher than the purchase price of a new silvia

    Can anyone recommend someone in Perth who can do this work? Also, who can recommend a good cleaning kit/essentials that i can use daily at home.

    Cheers in advance, Sun

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    There is plenty of information available on this site (search feature) to guide you through the process of restoring these two great machines.
    If you are looking for a quick fix, count your losses and buy new. A qualified person's time should cost more than you paid.
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    If you are a handy tinkering type you can easily clean / service the required bits on these, they are very simple. Pump , boiler, some switches.

    Have you plugged it in to see if it fires up and primes the boiler and heats the water?

    If it trips the rcd then it is more than likely the element leaking to earth. An easy fix by replacing the element.

    The grinder is easy to take apart and clean. New burrs are cheap if required.

    Cheers
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    I have recently cleaned serviced a Silvia. No boiler-related parts were needed, though seeing the internals I foresee no problems should it become so in the future. While the Rocky may take time to clean, it is not difficult. Patience, some small brass brushes, maybe a small scraper and toothpicks, or save time by buying new burrs. It is a task within reach for most people who have used basic hand tools.
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    I agree with the above poster - as a 9 year Silvia owner it can be done by yourself.

    I sent you a PM as the repairer is not a site sponsor if you decide to get a true professional to do it.

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    Tripping, perhaps first check that all your terminals are secured firmly and not loose, and of course be 100% sure that your machine is not plugged into the mains beforehand.

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    "...there was still a puck in the portafilter".
    Mind boggling.
    I bet the vendor looked just like a normal person too.

    Always a hard decision when considering refurbishing a used item. If you can do it yourself it is usually worth it, if you have to get it done by an expert it is usually not.
    I have just been quoted $120. to put a set of new elastic sides in a pair of 15 yo RM Williams boots. I can buy a new set for $500. Guess what I am going to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    "...there was still a puck in the portafilter".
    Mind boggling.
    I bet the vendor looked just like a normal person too.

    Always a hard decision when considering refurbishing a used item. If you can do it yourself it is usually worth it, if you have to get it done by an expert it is usually not.
    I have just been quoted $120. to put a set of new elastic sides in a pair of 15 yo RM Williams boots. I can buy a new set for $500. Guess what I am going to do.
    Buy the new boots, cut the elastic out of them, and pay someone to put them on the old ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    "...there was still a puck in the portafilter".
    Mind boggling.
    I bet the vendor looked just like a normal person too.

    Always a hard decision when considering refurbishing a used item. If you can do it yourself it is usually worth it, if you have to get it done by an expert it is usually not.
    I have just been quoted $120. to put a set of new elastic sides in a pair of 15 yo RM Williams boots. I can buy a new set for $500. Guess what I am going to do.
    Buy a new pair and get sides in old comfy boots for emergencies!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordons View Post
    Buy a new pair and get sides in old comfy boots for emergencies!!
    Close. I have decided to buy a new pair and use the old ones as 'work boots'.
    I AM considering buying a pair of elastic sides and hand-stitching them in myself, however. I reckon it would be hard work but do-able.

    Same principle as the home-repair on the Silvia.



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