Lubricating a lever machine

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KarlSchneider

#1: Post by KarlSchneider »

I have noticed in the past few days that my Elektra Microcasa feels as if there is some roughness in the piston movement. I also notice that on some shots the lever doe not rise slowly and steadily but rather rises in a jerking motion. I assume i need to pull the piston and clean the insides. I would welcome any suggestions on doing this. I would also welcome recommendations on what kind of grease to use and where one might get it.
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cannonfodder
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#2: Post by cannonfodder »

Any FOOD grade lube will work, use it very sparingly. Try a local restaurant supply Co. I will have to try to find the one I used and get a name brand on it.

EDIT:

Hay Professor, I just realized it was you, should have looked at the poster closer. I will see if I can find a tube of lube at work (same thing I used on my Factory), one of the benefits of working for a restaurant supply company. If I can find it I will let you use it if you are interested.

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Bob Barraza

#3: Post by Bob Barraza »

When I put new piston gaskets in my MCL, I used 'Plumber's Silicone Grease' made by GUNK. I bought it at Lowe's. The label states 'Lubricates faucet stems, valves, o-rings, gaskets, etc. Contains no petroleum additives.'

It comes in a very small plastic tub (15 gm) that looks more like a lip balm container than a plumber's gear. However, a little bit goes a long way, so it should last a very long time. I noticed that it was very difficult to remove with soap and water from my fingers, which I take as a very good sign.

Unfortunately, I now know that I also have a dead spring which contributed to the binding that you describe. I'm still trying to find a spring for the 1983 machine.

More later,

Bob

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cannonfodder
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#4: Post by cannonfodder »

What I used was 'Taylor Lube HP' manufactured by Taylor Co. Rockton IL. It is a food grade lube made for the food service industry to lubricate food processing equipment. One tube contains enough to last about a thousand years. We carry it here at work, but we do not sell to the public so you would have to find a local supplier. Cost is a whopping $1.73.

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#5: Post by TonerSupply-ISO9001 »

Dear H-B folks: Naked Portafilter bodies for the LaPavoni Professional. I am currently machining my portafilter (PF) carrier to provide for a naked brewing experience. I've been quite happy with my lever LaP-PRO and have achieved high quality results. Stay tuned...I'll let you know how the naked PF functions.

2nd item: My company IS a source for Health Dept. certified Food Grade lubricant for your espresso machines. They come in four (4) ounce tubes which should last you quite a long time. I have two varieties. Blue and Red. I'm going to use the Blue on the piston. The Blue material has zero taste, nor contaminates to potentially pass on to the Espresso; The Red is a high heat application material and is more difficult to remove; Also, it contains a small amount of petroleum, so perhaps it is best NOT to use this on the LaPavoni Professional piston above the group head. I'll let you know how it functions.

Best regards to all, Walter

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#6: Post by TonerSupply-ISO9001 »

Dear H-B folks:
BRAVO!!
Naked Portafilter SUCCESS!! I have successfully machined the PF for my LaPavoni-Pro with beautiful in appearance and terriffic pulling success! I can do that for you as well. The expense is $40 and up depending upon the complexity of what needs to be machined away. This is great! especially for those of us for whom a naked portafilter cannot be purchased. If you would like to have your own naked portafilter, you must send to me the portafilter and the basket, so I can assure that the correct area and amount of material is machined away.

I have tested and evaluated a terriffic food grade-certified lubricant for your lever machines; I use it on my own LaP-Pro lever machine. I carry it through my company; Email me here and I'll give you info.

Good fortune to all and Happy New Year!!
Best Regards, TS9001

lennoncs

#7: Post by lennoncs »

TonerSupply-ISO9001 wrote:2nd item: My company IS a source for Health Dept. certified Food Grade lubricant for your espresso machines. They come in four (4) ounce tubes which should last you quite a long time. I have two varieties. Blue and Red. I'm going to use the Blue on the piston. The Blue material has zero taste, nor contaminates to potentially pass on to the Espresso; The Red is a high heat application material and is more difficult to remove; Also, it contains a small amount of petroleum, so perhaps it is best NOT to use this on the LaPavoni Professional piston above the group head. I'll let you know how it functions.

Best regards to all, Walter

Do you have the NSF group and MSDS for this grease?

I don't care about the health dept...I want the NSF info.

Sean

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HB
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TonerSupply-ISO9001 wrote:The expense is $40 and up depending upon the complexity of what needs to be machined away.
It is nice of you to offer to help. Not to provoke a price war, but board members should be aware that espressoParts.com will do it for $25 (link), as will Lino (link). Lino will hasten to mention though that he's very busy these days on other projects and only does custom machining work as time allows.
Dan Kehn

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#9: Post by TonerSupply-ISO9001 »

lennoncs wrote:Do you have the NSF group and MSDS for this grease?
Yes. where do you want it faxed, within the USA if that will satisfy your question. Jest let me know. @ toner9001@gmail.com. cheers, Walter

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timo888

#10: Post by timo888 »

cannonfodder wrote:What I used was 'Taylor Lube HP' manufactured by Taylor Co. Rockton IL. It is a food grade lube made for the food service industry to lubricate food processing equipment. One tube contains enough to last about a thousand years. We carry it here at work, but we do not sell to the public so you would have to find a local supplier. Cost is a whopping $1.73.
I was researching the same question recently and can add some info about the lubricant Taylor sells in the RED TUBE. I didn't inquire about the blue.

I'd read that a food grade lubricant called MX3, produced several years ago by an Australian company named Inox had adverse effects upon some of the newer o-ring materials. Inox has subsequently released another food-grade grease, MX6, without those issues. After learning from Taylor that they did not make the Taylor Lube HP themselves but resold a grease made by Bel-Ray, I put the question to tech support at Bel-Ray, asking specifically about Buna-N in particular because the replacement o-ring I'm buying is made of it. This was Bel-Ray's answer:

"Taylor Lube HP ... is rebranded Bel-Ray Clear Grease 1.5 HP. This product is white mineral oil based aluminum complex grease. By nature of this product, it has very good water resistant property and doesn't have any adverse effects on BUNA-N type o-rings."

Regards
Timo

(2/12/07) P.S. Months ago now, H-B member bobcraige reported that the Olympia factory in Switzerland recommends Dow Corning 111 for lubricating and sealing its piston o-rings. Since then, I have been using the Dow 111 and it works great. Readily available on the internet in several sizes, from small packets to large tubes.