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Retr0
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008, 3:26pm
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Hi espresso fans.

I have a quandry.  My father bought a machine some 20+ years ago.  I'm considering getting it back in servicable condition and using it, but I can't find anything out about this machine.  There is no manufacturer's tag on it, only the name of the importer who have long since gone on to newer models.  Faema Canada that is.  It's a pretty stout machine with a large reservoir/boiler.  I'll try to get pictures up.  It was purchased in Toronto, and that's where I currently live.

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Posted Thu Sep 11, 2008, 3:37pm
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Well, I tested it out, and it seems to work.  I called Faema and they told me they think its a Compact.  I'm not sure, because I can't find an image that matches it.  It's an HX machine.

One concern:

It seems that the boiler routinely reaches past 2.5 bar, which is the maximum the meter reads.  Should I be worried that the pressurestat isn't working and stuck in the on position?

It does produce awesome steam though.  I mean, compared to my saeco superautomatic. lol.

Is there a place in Toronto that CGers recommend for complete overhauls?
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Posted Mon Sep 22, 2008, 3:46am
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That's not any Faema Compact that I've ever seen. (I have a C84/1 that you can find in the buy/sell -- there's a pic there.)

I'm *really* concerned for you about the pressure going up to 2.5 bars. Can I say that again? I'm REALLY concerned for you about the pressure going up to 2.5 bars.

That's more than double a normal operating pressure. That's scary. Be very careful.

Good luck!


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Posted Wed Sep 24, 2008, 2:18pm
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hello
i'm technician at faema in belgium, this is not a faema machine. It has same colour as a faema compact but i never seen this one. Also the brew group does not really look like a faema group. Boiler pressure can NEVER be 2,5 bar as there is a safety valve which opens at about 1,8 bar in these old machines. it might be the manometer is defect. But take a look at the pressostate (little blue box with 1cm hole on top) and see if it switches off, there might be dirt or scale in the copper tubing leading to pressostate or the membrane inside is worn and u have to replace the box (about 72 euro's... 100 dollarUS) also check pump pressure if its a rotating pump (CimbaliFaema or Procon), put siliconegrease in the bypass o-ring which is on the side of the pump, opens with a 21mm key. Last but not least change joint-portafiltre (oring inside grouphead) and the douchette. Good luck! it seems a nice little machine not too many electronics inide :-)

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Posted Sun Jan 6, 2013, 8:10am
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Hello,

I have what looks to be the identical machine! It was also purchased in Toronto through Faema. I am curious to know if you ever found out the make and model of this unit?
My machine appears to be in good working order, however, any info on this unit would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Dave
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