What a great thread- I enjoyed reading it last night and want to make a deep bow for all the pro's here.
Greg summed up the discoveries and implications in one sentence on the previous page, and i was very happy that it pretty much mirrored my own experience and observations over some brutally empirical and unscientific years.
I always feared i might push the lever too hard as a result of the fine illy grain (sorry still without grinder but not for long) but how to find out if i was pulling around the 9 bar or an equivalent of 18 to 20 kg on my Europiccola, as calculated somewhere else in this forum.
So for my curiosity and your entertainment
i came up with the following daringly adventurous setup
- may i note that i am terribly underequipped as i hardly stayed in a country longer than a year in the last decade
18kg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4,5 kg
By pushing the model handle at 18kg i should be able to hold the the waterbottles off the ground.
to my surprise it took more force than i actually thought but was quite comparable to the force of my pushes on the Pavoni.
1) i didnt push way too hard over the years at which time i knew nothing about a targeted pressure.
2) the lever seems to be on the weak side, as you can see from my first image it is loose for some time now - just like it happened to my brothers machine. this is easy to be fixed but i wonder if anybody else made a similar experience?
am i very weird? my girlfriend just said so..