My name is Josh. I'm new around these parts (first post!). I have a quick question for the Expobar users out there or anyone willing to help a guy out. First, a little backstory:
A few weeks back, I found an ad on Craigslist for a used Expobar Office Lever Plus for $350. I had been wanting to get a nice machine for a while and this seemed like a great place to start. At any rate, I went to check the machine out and it all seemed to be in working order. I forgot my screwdriver, so I did not get to open the machine up at the seller's house, though he assured me that I could have my money back if I opened it up and found anything wrong. When I opened it up at home, everything seemed to be in decent condition. I closed it up without thinking too much about it.
Yesterday, I opened the machine up to take a closer look (I'm a mechanical engineering major, so these things interest me). The first thing I noticed (which did not register with me the first time somehow) is that there appeared to be two boilers! A little searching on the internet seemed to show that an Expobar Office Lever should only have one. Moreover, the machine has Gicar PID which tops out at ~220F, which I gather is below what an HX machine typically runs at. More image searching let me to a picture of a Brewtus III, which looked quite a lot like what is sitting on my table.
At any rate, could someone look at the following images and tell me what machine I actually purchased? Thanks!
Thanks so much! I thought I was going to have to save up for the rest of my life to get a DB machine. Funny how that works. At any rate, thanks y'all (I am actually from Tennessee, and no amount of northern California will be able to erase that word from my vocabulary).
I am going to be real honest: I thought I made a terrible buy originally. I was following the advice given for HX machines for the cooling flush etc. and was getting really awful results (now for very obvious reasons). I am getting much better results all of the sudden... Funny how dropping the PID from 220 to 202 can do that for ya.
At any rate, I guess this is a win for Craigslist.
For those who are curious about such things, I hope to convert all of the black plastic pieces into rosewood or walnut in the next month or two. I'll make sure to post photos when that is done. Also have a slightly more secret project in the works coming out of the machine shop that should be done in a few weeks. Keep a weather eye on the horizon for that that one!
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