Hey gang - Wife and I are selling our condo, and I'm contemplating leaving my beloved Elektra T1 behind with the sale if I get a decent offer. Ideally, I'd like to downsize a bit with another smaller HX or DB. Found someone local who is parting with an Expobar Office Leva 2 DB for around $1200. It's a 2007.
I know the naming conventions with Expobar are ridiculously confusing, and I have heard about reliability with the older Office machines. But this one seems to be in good condition, no claimed issues. Gonna go fire it up next week and take a look inside, but if anyone has any insight into the Leva 2 around the 2007 timeframe (is it 15 or 20amp?), please let me know.
Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 9:51am Subject: Re: 2007 Expobar Office Leva 2
Like most other things, the reliability of used equipment is based so much on how well it was taken care of. What have you heard about reliability regarding older Office machines (and are you considering 2007 older?)? A quality HX or DB prosumer (even lower end prosumer) could last 20+ years or more if its taken care of properly...that means regular maintenance.
I bought a used 2006 Office Pulser little while ago. It's a different animal (HX) compared to the DB so I won't comment on the specific reliability of the particular machine you're thinking about, as I'm just not sure. However, regarding Expobar--parts are generally easy to find as many are interchangeable with other prosumer machines. In fact, Expobar was initially a component manufacturer for many of the Italian machines (pretty good value IMO). If you are a stickler for matching component manufacturers, WWL is the US retailer of Expobar parts. They've answered questions for me before despite not purchasing it from them (not an endorsement by any means). My Pulser is a very simple HX machine...a single brew switch and a single power button (not even a gauge...which I wish I had). I think my machine is tremendously reliable given the relative lack of maintenance from its previous owner(s) by my standards...but that could be a product of the machine's simplicity. If I slapped some more electronics in it, that may change. I wasn't aware that Expobar had a history of poor reliability. Anyway, I hope it works out for you.
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