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    How I broke my Imex....with picture!!

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I went today and brought the torque screw driver set so I could get into the electrical parts of my Imex that the well meaning manufacturers would obviously rather I kept away from.

    My Imex developed a disturbing rattle after I dropped it on itís head. I was taking something else out of the cupboard and the Imex was dragged out also and fell the 45 cm onto short carpet. Not enough to cushion the fall apparently.

    I undid the screws to see what the rattle was and if it was repairable. Glad I spent $10 on screw drivers rather than $35 on a small appliance repairerís opinion.

    I was sad to see that the motor of the Imex is mounted onto what appears to be some sort of Bakelite or similar. It would appear to be brittle (like bakelite) and about 2mm thick. The best way I could describe the mounting is that itís like a bit of veneer with a hole cut in it for the whirly bits/motor to stick through.

    Iím pretty sure that Iíve tried to superglue bakelite together in the past without much success. Iím not sure how it would go in a hot environment in any case or if I want possible contamination (like super-hard-coated coffee beans) in my brew.

    If anyone has ideas on how to attempt to fix it Iím happy to be a guinea pig and let you know how it turned out, but Iím at a bit of a loss as how I might do it. For the visual types amongst you Iíve attached a pic (well I think I have, let me know if I havent). Thatís not the only snapped bit, I appear to have done the job well and there seems to be about 3 other bits that were floating around in there that dropped out when I unscrewed it.

    Looks like Iíll be after the Vitali Group $110 special. From what Iíve been reading the $110 price it not exactly straight forward in sorting out? Anyoneís experience on that one?



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    Re: How I broke my Imex....with picture!!

    Hi Jugi,
    Sorry to hear about your Imex accident. Hope you arent suffering roasting withdrawals. I dont have any suggestions about a repair but I did receive fabulous service from the Korean factory when I enquired about a spare part. They actually sent it to me free of charge! I dealt with Ginny Lee via e-mails.

    When I bought my Imex from Vitali, it WAS $110 (plus postage). Alan? (Vitali owner) was helpful and courteous. I seem to recall that it was more reliable to communicate with him by phone than via e-mail.

    Hope this helps.
    Paulio

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    Gday Jugi,
    my condolences for your loss :(.
    Are you able to move the motor around at all, or remove it from the roaster?
    Do the other missing pieces fit into the gap at the bottom of the picture? It looks like its solid on the right side and missing bits on the left. (Its a bit hard to tell from the photo, or my eyes could be playing up ::))
    If you can get the entire plate out of the roaster, you may be able to glue it back together using a high temp glue or epoxy, with the assistance of some small pins. There was another thread on this in the roaster section, I think Robusto started it.
    When/if you get the plate out of the roaster, take a few more photos and post them up, it will give everyone a bit better view of it, which will make it easier to suggest a repair.
    Good luck with it.

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    Jugi,

    Sorry to see the Imex all broke like that. Epoxy adhesive wont work all that well in a high temp environment such as the Imex. It will just go soft. The epoxy will need to be rated (if you can find it) to a temp higher than that generated by the Imex in that area. Best bet will be to try and fix it mechanically if possible using fasteners etc. Dealing with Vitali is straight forward. Give them a call and mention the CS deal.

    Cheers,

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    Re: How I broke my Imex....with picture!!

    Not roasting withdrawals as such, its just back to the tedious stirring of the cast-iron pot *:( until I get a new Imex or similar.

    The motor is completely free/broken from its mounts. It would seem that it should be fixed to the machine by two screws and then in about 3 places by the broken bits pictured which were once all part of the moulded bakelite bodywork of the Imex.. Truthfully speaking its probably beyond the efforts of a bloke dismantling it at his kitchen table with no shed/right tools/electrical knowledge! I will be foolhardy (as I tend to be) and seek out what is available in high temp fixers. Maybe to make a bracket/mounting plate may do the trick. An associated problem may be the cracks that Iíve circled in red (hopefully theyíre visible to all.).

    Would anyone have any idea if plastic welding might work in this case?

    Thanks for the hint on calling Vitali straight. That seems to be the go from what Ive read. I think this machine is going to be relegated to spare parts and purchase new may be the most cost effective way to deal with this, but Iíll have a go at fixing it for interest sake.




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    Re: How I broke my Imex....with picture!!

    And the other bits that broke.


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    Gday Jugi,
    another option for you if youre handy with tools is to make a new mounting plate out of bakelite sheet.
    Glue the pieces together, and then trace it onto a new piece of bakelite, then cut the pattern out with either a coping saw or a jigsaw.
    You can get the bakelite at Blackwoods, theres probably other places that sell it as well.
    It comes in 2 thicknesses, 3mm and 12mm. Id have a guess that the mount is 3mm, but measure it to make sure.
    Heres a link to it http://www2.blackwoods.com.au/Displa...rt_no=00538832
    The only downside is that they come in 1200 mm square sheets, which is a bit big for making only one mount. They may sell you a smaller piece, or they may have off-cuts of it they may let you have. Otherwise, you could go into business selling motor mounts to clumsy Imex owners *;D.
    Good luck with it.

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    Lovey, thats probably the solution I think. Im not so handy but I do fumble along and get there in the end. Thanks for a top suggestion, Im on it. Id patent the mount plate Ill create and make my millions selling it to butterfingers like myself. That retirement plan for 35s looking great!! ;D .

    Ill let you know how I go.

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    No worries Jugi,
    Im sure theres plenty of handy CSers in the ACT that would be able to lend you a hand.
    If you do strike it rich, remember who gave you the idea ;D.
    Good luck with it.

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    If you cant get an original replacement part sent to you cheap, then I think Loveys idea is definitly the best. If you really want to find some high temperature epoxy though, you could get some JB Weld. http://jbweld.net/products/jbweld.php

    I got some for about $12 from kmart in Sydney but have not used it for anything yet. The one I got says it withstands up to 600F (315C) which is a bit higher then the linked product.

    Good luck
    Fabcat

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    Re: How I broke my Imex....with picture!!

    Behmor Coffee Roaster
    Looks like I am not the first to talk about JB Weld here:
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1133088050



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