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  1. 25% is good with me, shall we move to pm to sort out payment details? Pickup might take some time 🤣
  2. @The Systemic Kid Thank you the message, as this is one of those embarrassing moments where i got caught up in the excitement and didnt properly read what i typed in. I meant to say: *buy and pay a deposit for it now* until i pick up I fully understand if in the current climate you would prefer the have everything sold and sorted as soon as possible. Apologies for the confusion all
  3. So having just looked into it, don't think it's worth the risk of shipping to be honest. If youd prefer to have it sorted as soon as possible, would you be willing to try and meet somewhere tomorrow? There may be a way to make it work but chances are slim. Or if you prefer to play it safe, i can buy and pay for it now and pick up once this round of lockdown is over? I would want: Grinder with ssp only (£1800 if i read the above correctly) Printed hopper (£30)
  4. Hiya @fluffles Interested in the grinder with the ssp burrs only, and the printed hopper as well. Only issue currently is that i am in South London and driving to meet up isnt really an option for me currently and may not be for a while. Especially with all the lockdowns. Would you be consider adding shipping at all?
  5. Incredibly, few months down the line, a Whole bunch of descaling later, i still cannot get the top bolt off. Coffees good though.
  6. Finances permitted 1.Thecatlinux2. Jimbojohn55 3. VivaLaTank
  7. Thank you @NJD1977 May i just say, that is one lovely looking set up, i thought it was a stock photo at first! I actually had this too. Particularly from the hot water arm. I found that the only thing that seemed to help (at least i think it did) was flushing water through it. I only really drink espresso so have baked it into my pre shot routine to purge both of them before going anyway, just so things arent in there too long. What have you been using to descale with by the way? One thing it has made me realise, given I live in London i want all future machines to have a
  8. Thank you @Cuprajake Nice! How are you finding it? Thats good, its always a bit of a gamble buying secondhand! haha. So funnily enough, even after lots of wd40 i was still getting more movement on the group than I was on the able to get even slight movement in that bolt. 🤣 so called it a day on that one and just put quite a bit of cafiza through. The gauze on the very top one is also most definitely stuck in, even after some chrome friendly descaling. So possibly worth replacing. At the same time, it is running well at the moment and part of me has had my fun with this m
  9. So, time to finish off this thread. Following on from the first part, once connected and having enlisted the help of my dad to double check i wasnt going to blow the house up when i switched it on, we turned the machine on and went for it. i followed the guide online as well advice from Jim on filling the tank from empty, (30 on, then off to let the pump cool down etc) so as to not overwork it. At this point i was using a nice 5lt tupperwhere instead of a tank. Thankfully, it worked fine on fill up and having left it to sit for an hour or so, no leaking. At this point it might be worth me
  10. Love this @Joe shorrock Machine(s): KvdW Presto Just look at that thing. Grinder: Titus Ek43 with colouring to match the machine
  11. Aha cheers guys! I think I might actually buy new next time I get a machine 🤣
  12. So, after finally finding myself with some time, I decided to write up my latest project which technically only finished this week (more on that later) Now to start by making one thing clear. Becoming the owner of this machine is 100% the fault of @joey24dirt... 😂 Also a shout out to both Joey and @jimbojohn55for the help they have given getting this thing back up to scratch again. I originally picked up this machine back in october last year. It was one of those ones on Ebay, listed as spares or repairs, you look at it once and decide is probably overpriced. Thats what I did to
  13. Never thought I'd see the day where living in London turns out to be better for my wallet...
  14. Pfft practically a brand new piston that ?
  15. Aha, I think it was 20 years of London water and no cleaning that did the trick! To echo @jimbojohn55, they are really nice and simple to work with, especially if they have a bolt on element. The only tool I had to purchase specifically was the oil wrench for tightening the boiler to the base. I would also recommend keeping an eye out and being patient, they crop up on ebay or gumtree for low prices every once in a while! I waited a few months before getting the first one then ended up with a second shortly after ?
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