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Posted Fri Mar 15, 2013, 12:08pm
Subject: Automatic on / off timer for 2000W machine
 

Hello, I'm the proud new owner of an Astra Gourmet.  It's a huge hunk of machine, like a muscle car.  I'm going to post a review.

My question is this: I had my old machine (Pasquini Livietta T2) on a timer that woke the machine up in time for it to be hot by the time I got up.  It was a digital timer rated at 1750W (which was fine for the Livietta at 1200W).

Can anyone recommend a digital timer for a 2000W machine?  I've seen it recommended that the timer be double the needed draw, e.g. 4000W.  Most of the ones I can find out there seem to be for marijuana growing and are quite expensive (and more than I need).

Any help or advice would be much appreciated!
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013, 1:08pm
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I assume you'll be running the Astra on a 20 amp circuit?
If so, won't you need a timer that can do that as well?

Hmmm, it would seem there would be lots of affordable (under $150) timers available.
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013, 1:29pm
Subject: Re: Automatic on / off timer for 2000W machine
 

The ones used for Marijuana Growing are for controlling large High Pressure Sodium and Metal Halide bulbs.  More Watts=Bigger healthier plants.  The reason the timers are so expensive, is the day/light cycle that you're trying to replicate MUST be exact.

..or so im told :-)


You don't need such accuracy for an Espresso machine.   You might look at X10 Products.  They might have a solution for you.

 
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013, 2:07pm
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Click Here (www.intermatic.com)

Click Here (www.amazon.com)

It is for 20amp and will not take a regular 15amp plug.
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Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013, 4:02pm
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Good work, folks!

 
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