RichLongNZ Senior Member Joined: 3 Nov 2012 Posts: 2 Location: New Zealand Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sat Nov 3, 2012, 2:38am Subject: Rancilio s24
I'm looking at a Rancilio s24 thats for sale 2nd hand and wondering if anyone knows anything about these machines as I'm struggling to find decent information about it on the internet. I have a La Peppina lever machine that I've been using and I'm looking to get an espresso machine but cant really afford to go all out on the E61 machines like the Giotto or BFC etc. Is the S24 a good machine - I'm assuming its an HX machine. Does it have the same issue as the Silvia where you have to temperature surf to get the right temperature? I'm new to this so wondering if someone can give me some good advice about the S24 as a first machine.
qualin Senior Member Joined: 30 Jun 2012 Posts: 674 Location: Calgary, AB Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sat Nov 3, 2012, 10:51pm Subject: Re: Rancilio s24
I'm looking at a Rancilio s24 thats for sale 2nd hand ..... Is the S24 a good machine - I'm assuming its an HX machine. Does it have the same issue as the Silvia where you have to temperature surf to get the right temperature?
All I know about them is that they are definitely heat exchanger machines. I've heard that these machines are well known for their reliability, if they are maintained properly. I believe Rancilio sold the S series of machines back in the 1990's.
You don't have to temperature surf a HX machine because of the very nature of how a heat exchanger works. What you DO have to do is flush them to get superheated water out of the heat exchanger if the machine has been sitting a long time.
Being from New Zealand, it would be very unusual for the OP to have to worry about whether he's got a 220 outlet available. And plumbed in can always be covered with a pump and a couple of 15-20L bottles.
A used S-24 would be an excellent first HX machine. It could even be the last machine you need to buy. Just read up on maintenance and take good care of it. It won't have some of the feature set of newer machiens (don't believe it's got any pre-infusion capability, but not sure), but is a good, solid, light commercial machine.
There I go again, not checking the origin of the OP. I'd like to apologize for missing this. That's the SECOND time I've done that.. I guess it is easy for me to forget the international nature of espresso machines. (ie. A machine sold in Europe could be nearly the same as a machine sold in North America.)
And plumbed in can always be covered with a pump and a couple of 15-20L bottles.
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