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    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    The element in my giotto blew so I was taking it to Chriss for him to look at...
    Im driving along when a courier pulls out right in front of me.
    I hit the brakes and then hear this clunk in the boot as my giotto flips over :(
    Luckily it only put a dint in the side panel and bent a few screws.

    So couriers can ding machines even when they arent touching them :o

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    Re: Couriers and coffee machines

    Fortunately the lever operator escaped this incident unscathed.


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    Coffee machines should be strapped into their own seat! Do you usually drive with your best friend in the boot????
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    Re: Couriers and coffee machines

    Quote Originally Posted by GregWormald link=1224650100/0#2 date=1224660543
    Coffee machines should be strapped into their own seat! Do you usually drive with your best friend in the boot????
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    Exactly! ;D

    When we brought the Bezz home after purchasing it, it was wrapped in a blanket, a pillow folded around the front of it and then strapped in tightly with the seat belt.... And this was a 20 year old machine, not a new one :o

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    It normally is strapped in the back with much love and care.
    Unfortunately the back of the car is now full of baby seats and I didnt bother removing one as it was only a short trip. Of course the time I dont strap it in...

    Now I have to go give my injured coffee machine a hug...

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    I have kept the packaging as it was when i purchased my Giotto so it always gets packed properly to avoid just such a problem.

    But a car safety restraint for a coffee machine is a novel idea.

    Mal

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    Yep. Expobar has worn a seat belt both times its been in the car.

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    Sorry to hear your Giotto was injured Steve.

    Maybe Im being overly cautious, but I thought seat belts are designed to restrain passengers and the boot/trunk of a vehicle was there for cargo.

    In a serious accident, I wouldnt like to be inside a car that had a coffee machine sitting on the back seat - with or without a seat belt. ;)

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    Yep --- Dennis is right, put it in the boot, even if it is your most loved [ch65279]possession.

    [ch65279]I attended an accident a couple of years ago were a person had strapped a microwave oven in the back seat. It come out of the seat belt, obliterated the drivers seat back and killed the driver. This was not a high speed accident.

    But think about it — your coffee machine, even a small one, coming at you at around
    60km/h.

    So Steve I am very sorry that your machine is dented, but I am so glad it wasn’t your body that was dented. ;)

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    You safety guys just dont get it!! Your BEST FRIEND sits in the FRONT with you!!
    In an accident they might go through the windscreen but not into the back of your seat.
    Sheeesh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregWormald link=1224650100/0#9 date=1224841837
    You safety guys just dont get it!! Your BEST FRIEND sits in the FRONT with you!!
    In an accident they might go through the windscreen but not into the back of your seat.
    Sheeesh!

    Greg
    And in a side impact your "best friend" will make your head look like a beef pattie just before it pushes whats left of it through the drivers window. Thats unless of course the window is already open, in which case it will just take your head clear off your shoulders.

    Paint a pretty picture dont I? ;)

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    Thanks for the image Dennis. :)

    I have a feeling that an impact on my door that enables a 15kg machine to get airborne THROUGH the seat belt and cushioning material, to head height, would have serious (fatal) effects on me anyway.

    Its beginning to sound as if the only safe way to be in a car is either alone, or not at all.

    I think Ill stick to my motorcycle. :D

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    Re: Couriers and coffee machines

    Quote Originally Posted by GregWormald link=1224650100/0#11 date=1224924559
    I have a feeling that an impact on my door that enables a 15kg machine to get airborne THROUGH the seat belt and cushioning material, to head height, would have serious (fatal) effects on me anyway.
    Not neccesarily Greg.

    My wife and I were in an accident many years ago (before we were married IIRC) and the other vehicle hit me just behind my drivers door.
    That happened to be the strongest point of my escort van as thats where the cabin meets the body and its thicker than where the B pillar would normally be.
    The outer skin got pushed in about a foot just behind that point.
    I was half way through a U-turn at the time of impact and the force spun us around the remaining 90 degrees of the turn.
    We would have gone further but came to a sudden halt on a telegraph pole.
    We came out unscathed thankfully except for the bruising to the right side of my wifes face.
    Shed slid sideways out of her seat belt and hit my shoulder.
    Luckily she didnt break anything (hers not mine).

    Anything can happen in an accident; you just never know what.

    So back to what I quoted.....a lot of times its stuff in your own vehicle that causes you more damage.


    Now I have to figure out how to secure the Expobar in my stationwagon. :-?

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    Hmmm, On second thought my coffee machine can stay in the boot...

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    All this is why you keep the packaging it comes in, if its gone think about getting two boxes the same that would fit it and then use one as the basis of making packaging material for the box by using plastic and pouring foam in the mould box.

    When that is set tear it all apart and then use the foam inserts in the other box. Only downside is it will take you a couple of hours to do it. But you will have a happy machine all snug in a box when its transported.


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    Thats a good thought Mal, but I like Gregs idea better.
    ;DDitch the car and ride a motorcycle. They are much safer than a car, that is until someting bad happens.
    So drink more coffee, ride a motorcycle and make sure your organ donor card is up to date. :-/

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    Re: Couriers and coffee machines

    On a serious note having attended many hundreds of traffic collisions (I dont call them accidents) I agree with placing them in the boot. A seat belt is not designed to restrain a solid device such as a Coffee Machine. It is designed to restrain soft floppy bodies. A coffee machine would become a missile in a collision.

    Play safe and pack it into the boot immediately behind the rear seat and restrain it with packing around machine in the boot. I do not wish to go to a traffic accident involving a squashed coffee snob. (Unless they have left me the machine in their will [smiley=evil.gif])



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